How to wear a white shirt

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Mikael

    Mikael Well-Known Member

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    I have a deep purple silk knit, and on a blue shirt, it looks almost black, while with a white shirt you can tell that it's not black - almost have to deduce the color. So, to my eye, it looks better with a white shirt. Then again, my wife keeps telling me that my eye for color is absolute crap.

    Manton, I remember you talking about lavender shirts on some shirt thread - would lavender work with a dark purple tie?
     
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    Fraiche Senior member

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    Would you care to elaborate?
     
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    Slewfoot Senior member

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    I'm guessing he means the exact shade of tan and the exact shade of white have to be juuuuust right.
     
  4. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    White OCBD paired with grey or blue-grey herringbone tweed?
     
  5. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    Also, forgive me if this is stating the obvious, but there's white, and then there's white. I agree with Manton about bright, highly-reflective white (my shirtmaker calls it 'optical white'). But soft-collared shirts (not just OCBD) in whites that are less reflective without being cream or grey (ice, stone) can work with more casual ensembles.
     
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  6. Hampton

    Hampton Senior member

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    Yepp and that's the way to pull off a hat.
     
  7. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    yeah, that's fine
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Careful, M. Keep issuing exemptions and you might become a convert.
     
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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    that "exception" was in the OP
     
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  11. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Look the OP was not "don't wear a white shirt," so the term "exception" is itself a misnomer. It was rather to say, "Here's where it works best and here's where it works less, and here's where it doesn't work at all." The main point was to dispel the myth that white always works.
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    First of all, I'm yanking your chain. But from what I recall, we've determined white can look good with gray, blue, blue-gray, navy, brown (for advanced) and tan. Purple is out, but I don't wear purple, so we can agree on that as well.

    Wait, what are we arguing about again?
     
  13. FillW

    FillW Senior member

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    But what about...


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    Yes, white shirts are a good match if you are wearing Sean Connery. ;)
     
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