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Originally Posted by Bill Dlwgosh View Post

So there's no SF rule against white shirts with sport coats? I wasn't sure if, around here, white shirts were only for suits.

I don't think you can make a blanket statement since, as others have mentioned, a white shirt looks fine with a navy blazer for instance.

Part of that is because a navy blazer is about as dressy as you can get without wearing a suit and part of that is the fact that navy and white look good together.

I'd say that a white shirt will (almost) never work with an earthtone SC. Or, if it's passable, still will not look as good as a blue shirt would have. As mentioned above, anything very textured won't look good against a crisp white poplin shirt.

I think people probably focus on the formality of a white shirt to the exclusion of white's other properties / uses - white shirts generally look good in the summer when the wearer is tan(er) and the rest of the color pallette is lighter as well.
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^ Extremely well put.
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

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Originally Posted by Bill Dlwgosh View Post

So there's no SF rule against white shirts with sport coats? I wasn't sure if, around here, white shirts were only for suits.

I don't think you can make a blanket statement since, as others have mentioned, a white shirt looks fine with a navy blazer for instance.

Part of that is because a navy blazer is about as dressy as you can get without wearing a suit and part of that is the fact that navy and white look good together.

I'd say that a white shirt will (almost) never work with an earthtone SC. Or, if it's passable, still will not look as good as a blue shirt would have. As mentioned above, anything very textured won't look good against a crisp white poplin shirt.

I think people probably focus on the formality of a white shirt to the exclusion of white's other properties / uses - white shirts generally look good in the summer when the wearer is tan(er) and the rest of the color pallette is lighter as well.

And I am tan year-round. That's probably racist. But, hey, what are you gonna do?
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post


And I am tan year-round. That's probably racist. But, hey, what are you gonna do?

"...because my tan's been sitting in my my DNA plan..." ~De La Soul

post #12365 of 12602
I think I brought this up a while back, but it makes me happy enough to mention it again. When I was in high school I worked as a landscaper in the summertime. I had just gotten my license to drive and got a car. New neighbors behind my parent's house moved in and I heard the guy owned a car stereo company. I walked through my backyard into his backyard and to his front door to inquire about where his shop was and introduce myself. No answer. I got in my car and ran some errands and came back to cops everywhere. They stopped me and told me there was a suspicious middle eastern man lurking through people's yards wearing a black t shirt and black boots.

It was me. I am not middle eastern, but rather cook quite nicely in the sun.
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

I don't think you can make a blanket statement since, as others have mentioned, a white shirt looks fine with a navy blazer for instance.

Part of that is because a navy blazer is about as dressy as you can get without wearing a suit and part of that is the fact that navy and white look good together.

I'd say that a white shirt will (almost) never work with an earthtone SC. Or, if it's passable, still will not look as good as a blue shirt would have. As mentioned above, anything very textured won't look good against a crisp white poplin shirt.

I think people probably focus on the formality of a white shirt to the exclusion of white's other properties / uses - white shirts generally look good in the summer when the wearer is tan(er) and the rest of the color pallette is lighter as well.

That is spot on. I love light blue ties in the summer - I have a couple in linen blends, and so the only real shirt option is a white shirt. I tend to wear them with a twill but occasionally a poplin shirt - depends on the jacket or suit.
post #12367 of 12602
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

That is spot on. I love light blue ties in the summer - I have a couple in linen blends, and so the only real shirt option is a white shirt. I tend to wear them with a twill but occasionally a poplin shirt - depends on the jacket or suit.

Depending on how light the blue tie is, you could potentially get away with a very pale pink or pink and white striped shirt.

I also really like light blue ties, even outside the summer. I suspect one reason they are less popular in these parts is a broad preference for blue shirts over white except when one needs to be CBD. My sky blue (or is it powder blue) grenadine is one of my favorite ties.
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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

Depending on how light the blue tie is, you could potentially get away with a very pale pink or pink and white striped shirt.

I also really like light blue ties, even outside the summer. I suspect one reason they are less popular in these parts is a broad preference for blue shirts over white except when one needs to be CBD. My sky blue (or is it powder blue) grenadine is one of my favorite ties.

I agree. I have one pale pink shirt that might be okay with it. I do also like them outside summer - I have a sky blue wool knit that I love.
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Are we really discussing whether or not white shirts are in good taste?

I'm with the Doc - they are always in good taste. Are there better options, depending on the rest of the "fit"? Possibly. But the white shirt will always be in good taste. Period.

Even though I prefer cream.
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^ I thought we were discussing whether outfits as a whole are in good taste, using a rather high standard of good taste and a particular aesthetic cultivated in this thread. A white shirt (non OCBD), like any other shirt, jacket, trousers, tie, pocket square, etc. must be evaluated in the context of the entire outfit. The quality of an outfit can be brought down in some circumstances by wearing a white shirt and can result in an outfit that might otherwise be seen as in good taste (according to aforementioned standards) not reaching that bar. I don't have an issue with white shirts but I do have an issue with them being used incorrectly.
post #12371 of 12602
Pretty hard to misuse a white shirt with a spread collar. Just about any grey or navy city style suit can carry it. I don't happen to like white shirts with sport coats and odd trousers though.
post #12372 of 12602
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Originally Posted by MGD83 View Post

 I don't happen to like white shirts with sport coats and odd trousers though.

 

Asking if a white shirt can be worn with SCs is what started the line of conversation.

post #12373 of 12602
Florals for springtime? Groundbreaking.
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Is it in poor taste to wear a navy double breasted pinstripe suit to a baptism? What's the opinion of some of you gentlemen on this thread?
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Originally Posted by MGD83 View Post

Is it in poor taste to wear a navy double breasted pinstripe suit to a baptism? What's the opinion of some of you gentlemen on this thread?

Suggest also ordering some hits for full effect

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