4 Essential shirts your wardrobe is begging for

4 Essential shirts your wardrobe is begging for

If your open your wardrobe and find one of these shirts is missing, rectify immediately. These staple shirts can be mixed and matched, taking the stress out of looking good ALL the time.

Long sleeve white shirt

The features:

  • Barrel cuffs
  • Raised placket
  • Regular collar
  • Rounded shirt hem
  • Cotton fabrication

If there was a staple of staples, the long sleeve white shirt would be it. Perfect for work, weekends and evenings all year round, a cotton, long sleeve white shirt is instantly fresh and sharp.

Dress it up with a blue two-piece suit and skinny tie for work, or dress it down with a wool v-neck jumper, chinos and brogues for casual Friday.

When it comes to the weekend, your white shirt can be easily styled with taupe chinos and boat shoes, or a striped jumper and dessert boots for the cooler weather. Adding a salmon blazer and paisley pocket square will ensure your shirt is ready for whatever the evening holds.

white shirt

Short sleeve patterned shirt

Features:

  • Small collar
  • Cotton
  • Slim fit
  • Raised placket
  • Patch pocket to chest

A short sleeve patterned shirt can be as bold or as tame as your please. We suggest opting for a bolder print because you can pair it down more easily than you can dress it up. Stick to a slimmer fit but one that doesn’t cling to your pecks.

Revealing the collar of your patterned shirt underneath a plain jumper is the perfect look for a modern work environment. The same rule applies to evening styling where your patterned shirt can be paired with a plain navy or charcoal blazer to create a smart-casual look.

Short sleeve patterned shirts are ready made for weekends, simply match with chino shorts or cuffed chino pants, and possibly add a denim jacket to combat the cooler weather.Long sleeve striped shirt

Long sleeve striped shirt

Features:

  • Barrel cuffs
  • Raised placket
  • Regular collar
  • Rounded shirt hem
  • Cotton fabrication

Far from being a staple exclusively for your business wardrobe, a striped long sleeve shirt is your perfect work-to-Friday drinks segue. We suggest keeping it simple with a blue and white striped pattern and always opting for a vertical stripe as this is sharper (and more flattering).

Think tonally when it comes to dressing for work- layer your blue and white striped shirt with a blue suit and a bright orange tie or pocket square for a pop of colour.

On weekends, you can opt for the preppy look by pairing your shirt with chino shorts, boat shoes and a light jumper, or swing towards more ‘country prep’ by wearing you striped shirt unbuttoned at the collar which slim fit jeans and suede derby boots.

striped

Dinner shirt/formal shirt

Features:

  • French cuffs
  • Flat placket
  • Pointed collar
  • Cotton fabrication
  • Optional bib

Granted this shirt won’t make an appearance day to day (unless you’re an MP or dine with MPs) but it’s still a handy one to have for those big business events, random nights at the opera and eight-course degustation meals.

Dress shirts are marked by their French cuffs which should be accented with cufflinks. We suggest keeping it simple and polished with silver cufflinks or black silk knot cufflinks. Avoid novelty cufflinks with your dress shirt, now is not the time to showcase your love of Looney Tunes.

Play around with colours- your dress shirt doesn’t always have to be a stark white colour, you can trial cream, ivory and off-white for a more classic look.

Depending on how much you appreciate classicism, you may want to opt for a dress shirt with a bib. This doesn’t have to be a full pirate inspired ruffle, just a simple bib-shaped element that clearly distinguishes your shirt as one for more formal occasions.

formal shirt

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