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post #361 of 522

Perhaps this is more in keeping with the thread:

 

 

 

 

 

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A white OCBD seems to me to be about the most flexible shirt there is. Looks good with new or battered jeans, with a tweed jacket (especially greys, with a less formal tie, such as a black knit), or a dark plainweave suit. 

 

Incidentally, I'm a newbie -- this is my first post -- but as soon as I've passed provisional status and can offer stuff for sale, I'll be selling an ivory Baracuta jacket in the picture. NWT, Brit made. 

post #362 of 522
It's a great and IMO underrated casual shirt.

Looks great with knakis or denim.
post #363 of 522

 

Sorry the pic didn't seem to work in my post. Maybe this time.
post #364 of 522
I wear white with everything, except with my well todo english countryside folk on sundays or with tweed.
post #365 of 522

More white shirt examples, please. Or bring the critique if you don't like mine.

 

post #366 of 522
OCBD with knit tie and tweed is doable in my books. I would agree that the finer cotton shirts usually worn with worsted wools would be a bit off with with a brown wooly suit or tweed.
post #367 of 522
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Originally Posted by 36miles View Post

I wear white with everything, except with my well todo english countryside folk on sundays or with tweed.

I love white shirts.
post #368 of 522
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Originally Posted by LogicProduction View Post

White and purple NEVER work


Add a tad more logic into your future posts.

post #369 of 522
Self-appointed gurus who make "rules" are risible.
Dressing up is not a formula, unless you want to look like everyone else. (in khakis and a blue blazer)

The Flusser tome states that purple and lavender are a heavenly match with white, and look idiotic with a blue shirt, unless you like the Regis look
Oh, and white OCBD with tweed is sublime, which is stated in the Roetzel book
Edited by Reevolving - 2/13/13 at 3:25am
post #370 of 522
In spite of Manton's rule on no white shirts with odd jackets, I must say that I quite like some of the combinations in the new Ben Silver collection, and I can't see how they would be improved with a different colour/pattern of shirt.


post #371 of 522
Combos with light-colored ties are where the white shirt is particularly useful.
post #372 of 522
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Originally Posted by RogerC View Post

In spite of Manton's rule on no white shirts with odd jackets, I must say that I quite like some of the combinations in the new Ben Silver collection, and I can't see how they would be improved with a different colour/pattern of shirt.


I think those show how to use white shirts in among the worst ways possible.
post #373 of 522

 One night I was sitting in a club wearing a white shirt with a black sport jacket. An oriental gal saw me and told me I looked like I belonged in New York City.  She said she was moving to Pittsburgh to open her own clothing shop...

post #374 of 522
I'm sure that venture is doing splendidly.
post #375 of 522
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

First, understand what a white shirt is. It’s a citified shirt, a formal shirt, an upper class shirt. White shows dirt easily. It’s hard to clean and it used to be harder. White near the skin used to be the mark of money. It meant that you had a lot of shirts and someone to clean them.

White is not a country shirt. White with tweed is the mark of a stooge, someone who knows only that white is “formal” and a tailored jacket is “formal” so they “go together.” White with brown cannot altogether be ruled out but it is not for n00bs.

White is almost never good with an odd jacket. Doc can talk all he wants about the 60s and he will not change my mind about this. For virtually any odd jacket combo you can think of, it's not just that a blue shirt would be better but that a white shirt is wrong. The only exception is a blazer and grays, worn at night. (A blazer and khakis--aka the "California Tux"-- demands a blue shirt.) A blazer and a white shirt in the daytime is not "wrong," but it's also never the best choice. A white shirt worn with a blazer should really be a button-down and should never have French cuffs.

White is thought to be the perfect background for a variety of ties, a "blank canvas." But this is not so. Many colors look absolutely terrible with white: yellow, orange, rust, lavender, purple, nearly all greens. Even red, a very common paring with white, always looks better on a blue background (not that you should be wearing true red ties) and burgundy or maroon looks better against pink.

So does work with white? Above all navy. Black. Gray. Silver. Combinations thereof. Certain very pale (I mean VERY pale, so pale it takes a second to recognize what they really are) golds and greens. Any shade of blue, especially the light blues which look best against white.

Suits should be blue or gray. Tan with white is an "advanced" look that can be good but let's leave that aside for now. Blue or gray. Dark suit, white shirt and dark tie is a great formal evening look. But if you are not going out, make the tie lighter than the suit. With a light suit and white shirt, wear a dark tie. Don’t wear a light suit, white shirt and light tie, or at least, be careful.

If the suit is gray, the tie should be blue. If the suit is blue, the tie should be in the gray black silver family or anyway one of the other colors. This is not ironclad it just looks a little better than blue on blue or gray on gray. Though, for a formal daytime event, gray suit white shirt and silvery tie is the best option. For an ultra-refined, but also very sedate look, try a blue suit, white shirt and black tie. This is best limited to night time.

Unless its pattern is of the wedding variety (checks and plaids), do not wear your wool ties with a white shirt.

White shirts nearly always demand black shoes. If it's a more casual outfit (blazer & white BD), mink suede is a decent substitute, since you should not be wearing black shoes with a blazer.

So much of this strikes me as nonsense. Seems to be a codification of what you like and/or think, and that's fine, but it's presented as a set of rules, and I think a lot of them are bunk.

I used to have a lot of respect for your posts a few years ago when I last paid attention to SF (maybe because of your fine things, but I seem to recall solid commentary, I'm not going to exert the effort to look any of it up). But the sequence of threads that I've seen like this one make me think you may be drunk on the "authority" status you seem to enjoy here.

Just my thoughts, for what they are worth... partly expressed in the hope that others reading won't feel bound to the idea that, for instance, "for virtually any odd jacket combo you can think of, it's not just that a blue shirt would be better but that a white shirt is wrong," among others.

While much of what SF espouses is solid advice and useful knowledge, the tendency toward group-think here is a quadrillion bajillion units of group-think tendency (pretty high).
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