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What do you guys think of these patterns for shirting?

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What do you guys think of these patterns for shirting?

 

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fugly, Darkside

post #29928 of 37405
They seem like something the Boardwalk Empire costumers might have chosen for one of Nucky's shirts. Not ugly, but very period.
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Looks like I have a thing or two to learn about shirting patterns and fabrics...

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Looks like I have a thing or two to learn about shirting patterns and fabrics...

Cheat sheet: light blue and white bengal/university. Same pattern in red. Mid-blue pinstripes on white. Light blue or pink with white pinstripes. If you want two colors, try a check.
 

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Thank you! Any fabric and collar preferences?
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Looks like I have a thing or two to learn about shirting patterns and fabrics...:

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Looks like I have a thing or two to learn about shirting patterns and fabrics...

Cheat sheet: light blue and white bengal/university. Same pattern in red. Mid-blue pinstripes on white. Light blue or pink with white pinstripes. If you want two colors, try a check.
 

 

 

there's enough variation in solid blues alone for me Darkside.

 

 

.. lite sky blue to dk French blue

 

Oxford, royal Oxford, poplin, twill, dobby, broadcloth, end-on-end

 

point collar, Kent collar, semi-spread, spread, cutaway, polo

 

French cuffs, barrel cuffs

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Thank you! Any fabric and collar preferences?

That's situational.  Nightmarishly, this great illustration calls a what I think of as bengal "candy," and uses "bengal" for what I think of as "butcher stripes."

 

http://putthison.com/post/29484681861/patterned-and-textured-shirts-as-long-time

 

Collar and fabric depend on what you like to wear. I dress casually (tweed, hopsack, and flannel), and in a sorta American idiom, so I wear a lot of oxford buttondowns. If you wear Italian worsted suits, then it makes sense to look at poplin or end-on-end spread collars (dressier collar, dressier cloth). I don't think I'd seek out poplin or end-on-end buttondowns, though I do own a few for summer casual wear, but I would track down oxford or pinpoint spread collars. But generally, if you did buttondowns in casual cloth (oxford, linen blends maybe pinpoint), and non-buttondowns (whatever degree of spread you like) in poplin and end-on-end, you'd be set, unless you don't like buttondown collars with a tie, in which case you should do some spreads in casual cloth. I myself want some more shirts like that: I'd like to start wearing more spread collars in place of my OCBDs.

 

You didn't ask about this, but the one thing I wish I'd been told earlier about striped shirts is the importance of contrast. A dark blue stripe on white is way harder to wear than a light blue one:

 

This is starting to fight with the tie:

 

... but this is a lot easier to pair with patterned ties...

... and it ends up working with more stuff even though the pattern is about the same scale. Actually, I stay away from high-contrast stripes when they're "symmetrical" like that, but I will wear a fairly high-contrast pinstripe on white.

 

I admit, I'm giving you "safe" advice. I take more risks than this in some of what I wear (I have a self-striped lavender shirt, an ecru with stripes in two shades of brownish gray, and one or two fancy-striped Turnbull & Asser-ish shirts), but those have been thrift finds (and thus impulse buys), rather than carefully considered purchases.

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What do you guys think of these patterns for shirting?

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If you have about 50 shirts in your wardrobe? Sure, rock the funky shirt man! Otherwise, i'd avoid.

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@calypso, I like a repp too - maybe a shantung, and I'm also a pervert who wears madder neats in the summer.  But the safe and awesome choice against blue and grey is a burgundy grenadine: perfect contrast, summery-casual texture, yet solid and formal enough not to look like a caricature.  As the jacket has a pattern, a solid but textured tie is probably just the right level of visual interest, and the warmth of a rich burgundy will lift the whole picture against the cool colours you already have.

 

@Darkside, oh hell no.  The finer the stripe, the easier to wear, and one colour stripe is plenty.  White or light blue solid, blue micro-stripe, light pink solid, blue Bengal stripe...formal shirts in order of priority as basics!  Also, in the summer especially I like a blue micro-check too.  Like stripes, the finer the check, the easier to wear.  And a normal spread collar is never wrong with a suit or jacket - just enough for the tips to sneak under the lapels for a smooth look.

 

@Claghorn, come on big boy, show us your piece.

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@Claghorn, come on big boy, show us your piece.

 

:uhoh:

post #29937 of 37405

Hang in there, Yoda*.  This is Styleforum.  Euphemism, double entendre and awkward homoeroticism are some of the many vital pillars on which this community is built.

 

 

 

*(I bet you didn't know anyone reads your name as "El Yoda").

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Hang in there, Yoda*.  This is Styleforum.  Euphemism, double entendre and awkward homoeroticism are some of the many vital pillars on which this community is built.

 

:cheers:

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*(I bet you didn't know anyone reads your name as "El Yoda").

 

LOL! Indeed I didn't, but I've changed my avatar accordingly.

post #29940 of 37405

Thanks for all the GNA guys. This shirting conversation actually coincided with my first Proper Cloth project arriving today (the revised fit version). Hope it's not too fugly.

 

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