The Beach Boys first three albums all contained the word “surf,” in them, and yet oddly enough of the original five members, Dennis Wilson was the only one that actually surfed. The fact that The Beach Boys were more likely to ride the airwaves than actual waves did little to hurt their image though, and from the moment “Surfin’ Safari” hit stores in 1962 they became America’s shaggy haired surf riding celebrities. Aside from their album titles, and the countless surf-centric photo shoots during their early years, The Beach Boys also wisely favored a wardrobe that was unmistakably coastal. To really dial in their sea seasoned image they dressed in terry cloth polos, cropped khakis, plaid overshirts, floral trunks, and most importantly short sleeve shirts.
The Beach Boys, especially during their first handful of years, wore short sleeve shirts constantly. Sometimes they were plain white tees, sometimes they were matching striped button-downs, sometimes they were checked sport shirts, but in all cases they fit impeccably and reflected the breezy attitude that The Beach Boys’ strove to exude at all times. Their shirts were befitting of both the California climate and of their beachy aesthetic, stamping them as The Beach Boys without ever even having to play a note. Now if only we could all look so sharp in short sleeves, wouldn’t that be nice?