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Top 4 Dress Shirts To Own

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jakeyt, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Makoto Chan

    Makoto Chan Well-Known Member

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    This is a crazy idea, but I'll play along if I get to have 5 shirts, one for each day of the week

    2 white ocbd's
    2 light blue dress shirts with a normal collar
    1 pink ocbd

    I'm a teacher so I can get away with 3 ocbd's in a week, maybe not everyone can (or would want to).
     
  2. Makoto Chan

    Makoto Chan Well-Known Member

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    PS, amazing ratio of posters in this thread with low-post-counts, myself included
     
  3. DerekS

    DerekS Well-Known Member

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    1. White
    2. Light Blue
    3. Pink
    4. Blue butcher stripe
    5. Red of Blue Gingham
    5.1. Pale yellow

    couldnt decide between gingham and a pale yellow. thank god I dont have to choose in real life. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Mr Pelican Pants

    Mr Pelican Pants Well-Known Member

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    white
    white
    white
    white


    I love pink shirts. I am a pink shirt guy. But in stitches is 100% correct IMHO. The first four shirts you buy should be standard white shirts in your chosen style. The white is the backbone whether you want it to be so or not. (And I say this as someone who wishes it were not so.)

    For many years I had a small wardrobe, and I had only one or two white shirts at a time. And of course I found myself wearing them more often than less versatile shirts that I liked better, which meant they got yucky and dull and wore out faster.

    If at all possible, shirts should really be purchased in groups of seven: four whites, two blues, one pink.

    Gingham? Who am I, Mary Anne from Gilligan's Island? The Kappa Delta rush chair? Should I put my hair in pigtails as well? Gingham, hah. Excuse me while I die laughing.
     
  5. JGloger

    JGloger Well-Known Member

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    Gingham? Who am I, Mary Anne from Gilligan's Island? The Kappa Delta rush chair? Should I put my hair in pigtails as well? Gingham, hah. Excuse me while I die laughing.

    ..... [​IMG]
     
  6. Mr Pelican Pants

    Mr Pelican Pants Well-Known Member

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    ..... [​IMG]

    Don't mind him. He's full of crap.
     
  7. Tez Mulan

    Tez Mulan Well-Known Member

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    1. White
    2. Pale Blue
    3. Lavender
    4. Ivory (not cream)
    5. Purple & White stripe - bengal or butcher


    All these shirts IMO are to be worn with navy or (very dark|) charcoal
     
  8. cptjeff

    cptjeff Well-Known Member

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    There are only 2.

    White
    Light blue

    Once you have that, anything goes.


    I would agree. If you have enough white and light blues to bust out on conservative occasions or for everyday wear if desired, the rest can just be whatever strikes your fancy.

    Though for me:

    White pinpoint
    Blue pinpoint
    White/Blue university/bengal/butcher stripe
    Tan oxford
     
  9. jstupple19

    jstupple19 Well-Known Member

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    1. White (solid) w/ French cuffs
    2. Light blue (solid) w/ French cuffs
    3. Medium blue (solid) w/ Barrel cuffs
    4. Light blue w/ white stripes w/ French cuffs

    My rational for #3 is that it's a versatile colour, and the shirt itself can be more casual than the others.
     
  10. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Well-Known Member

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    White.
    Off-white.
    Light Blue.
    Pink.

    Standard dress shirt collar, not OCBD to start.
     
  11. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to disagree with the great majority and say that I have very little need for a solid blue dress shirts. Blue suggests slightly more casual and for that I like a pattern, otherwise i chose white. My sportshirts on the other hand I feel almost the complete opposite where I find a white shirt to be the one I wear least and always opt for blue. It also happens that I find that blue works best with the majority of my sportcoats.

    So with that said.

    White barrel cuff - solid
    White French cuff - solid
    Blue Bengal stripe
    Light blue with white pinstripe.

    I don't know why Askmen indicates a brand, I think that's ridiculous.

    I don't think quantity should be a concern, for some who require a suit more often I would assume you would multiply the quantity but with weighted preferences. The white barrel covers the extremely conservative like job interviews and speaking arrangements. The white barrel covers daytime weddings and everything else is just business as usual but works for a great many of combinations.
     
  12. cptjeff

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    I'm going to disagree with the great majority and say that I have very little need for a solid blue dress shirts. Blue suggests slightly more casual and for that I like a pattern, otherwise i chose white. My sportshirts on the other hand I feel almost the complete opposite where I find a white shirt to be the one I wear least and always opt for blue. It also happens that I find that blue works best with the majority of my sportcoats.

    So with that said.

    White barrel cuff - solid
    White French cuff - solid
    Blue Bengal stripe
    Light blue with white pinstripe.

    I don't know why Askmen indicates a brand, I think that's ridiculous.

    I don't think quantity should be a concern, for some who require a suit more often I would assume you would multiply the quantity but with weighted preferences. The white barrel covers the extremely conservative like job interviews and speaking arrangements. The white barrel covers daytime weddings and everything else is just business as usual but works for a great many of combinations.


    Blue is a little more casual yes, but it's much more the default than white is these days, at least in the US. They're considered respectable enough to be seen in almost any setting, but they still maintain that little bit of personality that white, to many people, lacks.

    As for collar, the button down is perfectly appropriate for business in the good old USofA, and it works better sans tie and/or under a sweater. A pinpoint oxford can work in almost any business dress code in the US today- from a casual office on up to a suits only senior management position. They're the ultimate anonymous shirts, which is why they're the best choice for a list of first shirts to get.

    With cuffs, sticking to barrel for the initial couple is probably wise.

    As for why askmen indicates a brand, I suspect advertising money may be involved.
     
  13. 2Scoops

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    White
    Light Blue
    White w/ pinstripes
    White w/ Light blue checks
     
  14. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    If you're only going to have four dress shirts, none of them should be black-and-white check, lavender, or dark blue. You need at least one white shirt, without exception. The others should be light blue. At least one should be solid; the other two can be striped or checked. Many of the suggestions in this thread err far too much on the side of whatever the Sartorialist is posting.
     
  15. patrickBOOTH

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    I'm with skinny on this one.
     
  16. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    I'm with skinny on this one.

    I really dislike the thought of a barrel-cuffed white shirt. Personally, I'd find it useless. If I need to wear a white shirt--to be ultra-business formal or for going out to dinner--I'd wear French cuffs to express the increased level of formality. When would barrel cuffs make sense? If I don't need to be that formal, I'd wear a blue shirt to begin with.
     
  17. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    I see your point. I have both, however my french cuffed white shirts far outnumber the rest.
     
  18. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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    Foo I admire your ability to always be difficult, but I certainly see your point. I feel the white barrel cuff fills a niche of when I'm wearing the political uniform (for interviews and such) where I dont want to offend anyone with my french cuffs. I suppose a white pinpoint oxford would be even better in that situation, but I enjoy my spread collars.
     
  19. TexasDan

    TexasDan Well-Known Member

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    I only have two white shirts in my rotation with one fc and one barrel. I agree with the thoughts about white shirts and formality and will replace the barrel cuff with an fc when the barrel shirt wears out.
     
  20. jqmunro

    jqmunro Well-Known Member

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    How about top 4 shirts to wear with a white labcoat? I feel like a white shirt under a white labcoat looks a bit silly.
     

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