Black shirt: trying too hard?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kent Wang, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. Eason

    Eason Bicurious Racist

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    I have a black half-button pull-over shirt with french cuffs I loved so much that I had it cloned in HK because the original designer didn't make them anymore. Of course, it's different from a plain old black express-type shirt.
     


  2. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    I have some but don't wear them often.

    What I would like most is a black slim fitting OCBD. The black would play off against the informality of the style.
     


  3. Eason

    Eason Bicurious Racist

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    Ocbd?
     


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    Ocbd?

    Oxford Cloth Button Down
     


  5. Edward Appleby

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    Oxford Cloth Button Down

    The INRI of the Trads.
     


  6. wEstSidE

    wEstSidE Senior member

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    Are you evil? Do you cheat at cards? Do you beat your wife? Do you lounge in a Dinner Jacket? Are you Asian? Do you have a habit of wearing silver ties? If you've answered yes to two or more of thee questions then you are a candidate.
     


  7. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Just picked this up and it's already one of my favorites. I also have a black linen shirt I wear a lot for warmer nights.
     


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    migo Senior member

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    according to The Suit (the Nicholas Antongiavanni book), black shirts and suits are apparently reserved for gangsters.
     


  9. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    I have one black cotton shirt - from Versace - thin, weightless fabric (but not transparent), soft cuffs and collar with perfect points, cut slim (21" from underarm to underarm - ideal for me - fitted sleeves, too), looks good tucked or untucked.

    I don't like black shirts that are intended to be worn with a tie.
     


  10. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't like black shirts that are intended to be worn with a tie.

    Yeah, that's me. I've got no beef with J's shirt above.
     


  11. gdl203

    gdl203 Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Yeah, that's me. I've got no beef with J's shirt above.

    same here. Casual black shirts are fine with me
     


  12. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Another thing I don't like about black dress shirts is they look really shitty after a few washes and ironings. I hand wash mine with just a bit of some real gentle detergent, and hang dry, usually without ironing, to prevent fading. Ironing inside out helps out too. If the shirt is more casual - like J's, the fading is more acceptable.
     


  13. Bandwagonesque

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    Black just doesn't look good on somebody with my complexion - pale skin, medium brown hair.
     


  14. gorgekko

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    I own a black linen shirt and a black sports shirt/casual/whatever and I love them...for clubbing. Can't say it's likely I would ever wear one during the day though.
     


  15. prozach1576

    prozach1576 Senior member

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    Black shirts are fine to wear with jeans, but I'd never, ever wear one with a tie or suit. I'm a college student and every single person I've ever seen wearing a black shirt with a tie and/or a suit has been a meathead who has no idea how to dress himself and pairs a rumpled black shirt with a shiny solid, frequently black tie (as DocHoliday suggested earlier) and black chinos.
     


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