THE RISE OF THE WHITE SHIRT
WHY A MAN'S WARDROBE IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT A WHITE SHIRT
The white shirt. The essential item of a man’s wardrobe. Often overlooked on account of it being perceived as dull; it can actually be sexy (when worn correctly) and a totally versatile item suitable for all occasions.
The white shirt could be textured, maybe with an interesting detail, buttons or collar interest, something to create a look that is less school boy/office junior.
Teamed with slim cut indigo jeans, the oxford cotton white shirt will elevate your casual look (t-shirt and sneakers) from laid back to louche.
To go a step more formal, tuck it in and team it with a leather belt and loafers. To really up your game, swop the denim for a stretch chino, or throw an unstructured jacket into the mix.
White works with all colours, but blue or grey is a good shout here.
The white shirt should be crisp and freshly laundered. It should be long enough to be tucked in and fit perfectly in all the right places (not too baggy or skin tight either).
Paired with a slim tailored suit, possibly in a shade of Charcoal or Midnight, this look worn well, has the most sex appeal to women; think Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love.
Keep the accessories minimal – (a pocket square but no tie implies the tie has been loosened post work)- a well fitted waist with side adjusters requires no belt; smart leather oxfords keep it classic.
THE BIG 3
Job Interview winning look: White cutaway collar shirt and Suit, leather oxfords.
First Date Smart Casual: Chinos and tucked shirt, belt and loafers
Laid Back Luxe: Jeans and button down, smart sneakers
COLLARS & CUFFS
It’s a matter of preference, what you do with your collar and cuffs,
The know how: COLLAR STYLES
From Left to right top row: wide spread. classic. wide spread.
From Left to right middle row: extreme wide spread. Button-down. semi-cut away.
From Left to right bottom row: wide spread rounded. Tab collar. cut away.
Wide spread: collar points end and disappear where they meet the jacket, looks great in every situation
Classic: everyday traditional style, neat with a tie
Button Down: more relaxed alternative can be worn with or without a tie
Cut Away: bold angled collar, confident alternative to the wide spread
Rounded: elegant collar, perfect for a formal event
Tab: fastened by a button hidden under the tie knot, understated
The know how: CUFFS
Slanted : Cuff is angled at 45 degrees
Square: Cuff allows for an easier roll up
Round: preferable cuff for formal shirts
Double: Formal cuff for dress shirts/ require cufflinks.
Two Button: Always keep one button undone.
Monogrammed: Personalisation adds a luxury detail.
Top Tips for wearing this universal wardrobe staple
§ Make Sure the Shirt is a Perfect Fit. If in doubt, go for a custom-made shirt.
§ Avoid bold design features as this will date quickly.
§ Choose a collar that works with your wardrobe, for maximum flexibility.
§ The white shirt can be dressed both up and down to suit the day and occasion, personally, I believe the Oxford Button Down to be most versatile.