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Business shirts beyond blue, white and blue/white

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
What else do you need? What else is worth having?

I'm talking biz-naz like what you'd wear with a business suit to a meeting you really cared about.

Maybe I'm getting old but I'm drawing a blank.
post #2 of 24
So many options....start with pink...
post #3 of 24

Some might suggest pale lavender. It's not a colour i'm fond of. But I've seen quite a few people wear it and it can look quite nice

post #4 of 24
Assuming blue or grey suits:

Blue/black wide stripes on white
micro pencil stripes
ecru
light pink
thin blue or burgundy window pane on white or blue background
light grey
light checks
post #5 of 24

lavender, ecru, grey, white with just about any color of stripes could work.

post #6 of 24

I have a light pink, a light yellow, and light purple-ish that I try every now and then with suits; but you're right, white and blue are the best and usually go-to shirts for big occasions. 

post #7 of 24
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I feel like lavender is just a poor man's pink. Maybe I've just never seen the right shade. I suppose it looks better with grey but I think blue looks MUCH better with grey than either.

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Originally Posted by ter1413 View Post

So many options....start with pink...

Come on. Pink?

We're talking about situations where you want to look good but like you don't think about clothes.

Pink can look good but never unstudied.
post #8 of 24
When you ask for a color "you'd wear with a business suit to a meeting you really cared about". The big question is which industry?

Finance, Insurance, Industrial Goods? Apart from white, blue and white-blue combinations I would blank out too

Consumer goods, Healthcare? The above and pink or pink-white combinations

High Tech? Well, with a suit you look out of place anyway...
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

I feel like lavender is just a poor man's pink. Maybe I've just never seen the right shade. I suppose it looks better with grey but I think blue looks MUCH better with grey than either.
Come on. Pink?
We're talking about situations where you want to look good but like you don't think about clothes.
Pink can look good but never unstudied.

Of course pink. It's a benchmark shirt color IMO...
post #10 of 24

APart from white/blue tailored shirts, light pastels would be good for your collection.

post #11 of 24
I echo the lavender sentiments and actually prefer it to blue in many cases.
post #12 of 24
i have been pushing customers to try a burgandy graph check.
it is a neutral color that goes with almost every color suit.
lavender is more popular then pink these days. both are good.

pale yellow is out if style, but the correct shade looks good on many men who are not pale or asian.

ecru or light beige can work also, again, skin tone determines what works.

there is a certain shade of green stripe that works with navy or grey. think the shade of green that is usually found in Hermes or feragamo ties.

rtw shirts usually come in safe colors. some custom shirt lines have more interesting colors.
some of the swatch books are also very safe.
the odd shade fabrics I have in stock are usually leftovers from manufacturers that did not sell, or
leftovers that came from Europe.

if buying rtw shirts in new shades, , try them on and see how they look against your face
post #13 of 24
Of course, you do not "need" any shirts beyond blue or white for business. If I were to contemplate what might be next after blue and white, I'd probably start with some stripes...in blue. After that, it really depends on your complexion and preferences, as Carl said. But many a very well dressed man has never, or at least almost never, worn anything but a blue or white shirt.
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by Twotone View Post

Assuming blue or grey suits:
Blue/black wide stripes on white
micro pencil stripes
ecru
light pink
thin blue or burgundy window pane on white or blue background
light grey
light checks

I like that 3 out of 8 are or could be blue.

Not sure I'd go for a wide black stripe but blue / black could be an interesting combo.

I'm always worried that ecru looks like dirty white but maybe that's my n00bishness talking.
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

Of course, you do not "need" any shirts beyond blue or white for business. If I were to contemplate what might be next after blue and white, I'd probably start with some stripes...in blue. After that, it really depends on your complexion and preferences, as Carl said. But many a very well dressed man has never, or at least almost never, worn anything but a blue or white shirt.

Part of it is that my younger self committed some steez atrocities when looking through fabrics at CEGO.

I feel like there needs to be something compelling to pull me away from the white-blue axis.

That a burgundy graph check sounds interesting.
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