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How to wear a white shirt

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

  1. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think the vast majority (at least what I could think of) involve lighter color jackets where blue either wouldn't create enough contrast or would end up being darker than the jacket.

    On the above, are you wearing braces or a belt? I guess it doesn't matter much if the belt was brown and the tie black as a DB is rarely unbuttoned.

    I think white is the optimum choice here (and black shoes would clearly not work):

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  2. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    I'm wearing a white shirt today.

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  3. unbelragazzo

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    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As I'm sure I said back when this thread was originally hopping, a mid-brown or tan suit with a white shirt and black tie is a fantastic combo. Blue shirt doesn't even come close to it in the context. ubr's example above makes this point very well.
     
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  5. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What's your footwear choice in this case, sweet tits?
     
  6. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Am I sweet tits? If so, for your fit I would have gone with dark brown or black shoes. Black captoe blucher or not-too-heavily-brogued wingtip; or sleek, dark brown chukka.
     
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    I might give that a try this summer. So dark brown shoes then? Would you do a grenadine or knit black tie?
     
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    Either would be fine for me, but the grenadine would be a bit dressier.
     
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    How about navy instead of black? I'm personally not a fan of the brown-black "mismatch".
     
  10. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    With navy, you'd be better off in a light blue shirt (which isn't to say it wouldn't look fine)
     
  11. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Navy doesn't have the same graphic punch. And, what is this brown-black "mismatch" of which you speak?
     
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    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I will agree with sugar that white shirt+brown/tan suit and dark solid tie can be very cool. But I remind everyone that he wears two earings, so subject everything he says to extra scrutiny.
     
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    Hugely enlightening OP and thread.

    Notwithstanding all the wisdom espoused here on aesthetics, I have to say: On an important work day with important meetings, when my jacket's off, I'm at my best in a white shirt and serious tie. I just am. It's about feel as much as look. Though, that said, part of the feel for me may be based on how white looks with my skin and hair/beard.

    So working backwards, I suppose that means that on those days, I need to be sure the tie is the right tie with the blue or gray suit.

    Again, great thread.

    Edit: I am choking a bit, though, on the aversion to white with a navy sport coat. Outside SF, it would just never occur to me that it doesn't work...and I wear it a fair amount, with either gray or tan (!) trousers and a tie. Maybe I compromise with a button down collar...
     
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  16. tim_horton

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    These were posted by AAS (An Acute Style) in the WAYWT thread. I really liked his use of the cardigans, I hope he doesn't mind me reposting them. Does anyone think they would be improved if he used a light blue shirt instead of a white shirt? I don't, but am curious what others think.

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    Yes. I personally hate the cardigan under the jacket look, but that's or another thread.
     
  18. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    White shirts are great.
     
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    As a SF n00b, I may provide a good counterexample. I really like this fit for the office, but it violates the OP's rules in at least four ways:

    1) Brown jacket
    2) Odd jacket
    3) Red (burgundy) tie
    4) Wool tie

    Opinions? Suggestions for a pocket square would be welcome also.

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    +1. I'd also note that the first example features a button down collar which creates a less formal look.
     

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