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Bespoke shirt- white shirt or pattern?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by christian, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. christian

    christian Senior member

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    I was wondering when everybody got their bespoke shirt or suit, did they stick to a plain white shirt/navy suit or something more eccentric and personal?

    My thinking is that there's two main advantages to bespoke:
    you get to choose all the details and best fit possible.

    But, something patterned and eccentric, you're going to wear it less often than that white shirt. Maybe, it would be better to have a perfect fitting white shirt since you know you're going to wear that all the time.
     


  2. HitMan009

    HitMan009 Senior member

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    I come from the belief that a guy can never have too many white shirts. Funny, I remember once they interviewed Rod Stewart and he had a whole closet full of just white shirts.
     


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    newyorker Senior member

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    I love plain white shirts, with spread collar. Unfortunately white shirts look bad on me. I look much better wearing plain blue shirts.
     


  4. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    It all depends on what ya got and what ya need. I went with variations (blue with close pinstripes, blue with blue windowpane) on custom suits because there's more freedom in my field, and I didn't have to wear a suit everyday then.
     


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    newyorker Senior member

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    Maybe you can spread your selection evenly between plain fabrics and more patterned fabrics?

    For example, if I were ordering 6 shirts, it would be:

    1) plain white shirt
    2) plain light blue shirt
    3) plain pink shirt
    4) 3 patterned shirts
     


  6. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    That would be my route as well. My only custom shirt is white (needed it for concerts).

    koji
     


  7. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    If you're thinking of having a first shirt made by Jantzen, you'd be best off going with a pattern or something you would be able to wear casually. Chances are some adjustments will need to be made, and it would be a shame to have to ditch the first shirt entirely because it wouldn't fly for business.

    If you're going somewhere else and you're confident of the fit, I'd get something you will use very often, since it should be your best shirt.
     


  8. lisapop

    lisapop Senior member

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    I think blue shirts tend to be more flattering to most complexions, either French blue or an end-on-end.
    Grayson
     


  9. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    Most commercial laundries tend to be rougher on white shirts than blue shirts. They won't stay bright white for long, if that's what you like, and especially if you don't have a lot of them and launder often.
     


  10. SmartDresser

    SmartDresser Well-Known Member

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    It can be so much fun.

    Try a color that adds a glow to your complexion and is good match with your jacket. Even patterns will work to make your choice look good on you.

    I don't own a white shirt. Sorry, guys.
     


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