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How do folks recommend wearing a herringbone shirt? Is it thought of as more or less formal then a plain cotton shirt? Right now I'm wearing a wool flannel jacket, a grenadine tie and a plain white cotton dress shirt. It seems to me the shirt is too plain, and that a shirt with texture like a herringbone would go better with the fabric of the tie and jacket.

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I think they are more formal but the bigger issue is that it adds texture #3 to your outfit with the small texture of the grenadine tie (a detailed, smallish repeating pattern) against a similarly smallish repeating pattern of the shirt. The jacket provides a texture contrast to your detailed tie and plain shirt in that flannel is just fuzz. I would probably not wear the herringbone shirt with the grenadine tie or if I did I would do it with a traditional wool jacket.

I would wear the shirt with a solid colored smooth finished silk tie and the same flannel jacket however.
 

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Thanks for the input. Gives me something to think about with the shirt. But I can't wear a smooth silk tie with a flannel jacket, seems off to me, the textures are too much of a contrast.
 

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I think a herringbone shirt would go fine with a flannel jacket. Plain herringbone isn't any more formal than poplin, and poplin is perfectly fine with that outfit. As for the tie, I think a knit tie would be more appropriate for a more casual flannel jacket than grenadine would, if you still want the texture.
 

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Originally Posted by deanayer
I think they are more formal but the bigger issue is that it adds texture #3 to your outfit with the small texture of the grenadine tie (a detailed, smallish repeating pattern) against a similarly smallish repeating pattern of the shirt. The jacket provides a texture contrast to your detailed tie and plain shirt in that flannel is just fuzz. I would probably not wear the herringbone shirt with the grenadine tie or if I did I would do it with a traditional wool jacket.
While your reasoning makes some sense I just think the scale of all these patterns is so small that no one will notice unless they're uncomfortably close to you. Judge for yourself: Dunhill cashmere sportcoat Kent Wang pink herringbone shirt Kent Wang cashmere herringbone tie Kent Wang silk pocket square (discontinued)
 

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That's a great outfit. Thanks.
 

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