Men in short-sleeved printed shirts have long been associated with middle-aged men on vacation. Well, happy days to them: they have become ubiquitous this season as designers embrace tropical prints and detailed motifs in their summer collections.

Cool dads can rejoice in a crisp-cut shirt, preferably one that nods to the boxy silhouettes of the 50s and 60s. Seen everywhere from Prada to Paul Smith for the spring/summer 2016 menswear collections, a spread collar harks to retro bowling shirts and works well with a pair of linen shorts or pale blue denim jeans. For something more languid, try the paisley print option from Gubb & Mackie with its festive palette and relaxed fit, perfect for summer.

Rollas shirt $95
Rollas shirt $95
 Topman Liberty print floral shirt $120
Topman Liberty print floral shirt $120
Gubb & Mackie paisley shirt $195
Gubb & Mackie paisley shirt $195
Polo Ralph Lauren Hawaiian shirt, about $250, from Mr. Porter
Polo Ralph Lauren Hawaiian shirt, about $250, from Mr. Porter
H&M Hawaiian shirt $25
H&M Hawaiian shirt $25
 Country Road palm print shirt $109
Country Road palm print shirt $109
Stockists: Country Road (09) 529 1987, Gubb & Mackie (09) 302 1949, H&M 0800 406 700, Mr. Porter mrporter.com, Rollas rollas.com.au, Topman 0508 867 7467.

Photographer: Greg Bowker Grooming: Katie Melody Rogers using M.A.C Cosmetics
Model: Arnaud Blanc from 62 Models