How to wear a white shirt

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

  1. mmkn

    mmkn Senior member

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    C'mmon, don't be shy.

    We know you like teh white pocket square!

    Ask what is possible, not what is predictable (but pay respect to the past!) . . .

    - M
     


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    This.

    I only have two white shirts that are not OCBD, and those I only wear with a suit, and then very rarely.

    But for the most part, I get what Manton is driving at (or at least what I understand of it) -- it is harder to work with white than perhaps is generally recognized, and probably done poorly more often than not. I would risk ecru before white in most cases.

    I am curious if anybody else has ever tried a grey shirt? I had one a few years back and kind of liked it, but gave up on replacing it because it just seemed somehow redolent of dirt. [​IMG]
     


  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A gray shirt to me should strictly be worn casual. Like a chambray with jeans or something. With a suit I think they tend to come across as too fashiony, cheap, or immature, (think Express or something).
     
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  5. LeviMay

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    I agree... I have a light grey (tending toward silver-ish... not shiny, but anyway...) end-on-end shirt that never seems to go with anything. As eg1 mentioned, it always just seems like a dirty white shirt, rather than a colour unto itself.
     


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    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    My n00b story with white shirts:

    Several years ago,when I was just getting fired up on SF, I went to WW Chan and ordered about 4 white shirts in a few different fabrics. I presumed they would become the staples, anchors of my wardrobe.

    Over the next few months, I found myself wearing them very, very little. I wasn't sure why. But they just rarely actually looked very good.

    I think I'm learning in this thread why they didn't look great and some theory around them (getting back to fuuma's discussion about philosophy) but the bottom line is that, for some reason I can't explicate all that well, they just didn't look all that great.

    90% of the time, blue is better, IMO.
     


  7. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Obvious troll is obvious.
     


  8. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    definitely. my only white shirt atm.

    beside my formal shirt.
     


  9. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    yeah, basically, I had one white shirt with button cuffs, for job interviews, for my twenties and 30's. then I got some white shirts, and I find that I like them, I like the sharpness, the purity, to some extent. I'll be buying shirts in a few months, and I am really debating this, blue or white, or what ratio.
     


  10. Bounder

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    In fact, I think there must be a partial exception for white linen shirts in general. A number of the counter-examples offered involved linen shirts.

    I don't think this is really in contradiction to Manton's original argument, either. The roughness in linen -- not to mention the inevitable wrinkles -- almost qualifies it as a pattern. Linen is most definitely not a "citified/formal" shirt. In addition, a lot of white linen shirts are not really "white," especially when you are wearing them.
     


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    aw82 Well-Known Member

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    If one is to own only ONE white shirt (such as for funerals and more formal events), what is the ideal shirt, in terms of cloth, collar, and cuff? I assume poplin or broadcloth, but would twill suffice? Is a spread or semi-spread collar conservative enough in an American context or should one stick to a point collar? I gather that a double cuff is preferable.
     
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  12. Bounder

    Bounder Senior member

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    Fuuma,

    This


    read in conjunction with your sig,

    is a thing of beauty.
     


  13. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    definitely
     


  14. sartorialnoob

    sartorialnoob Well-Known Member

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    That juxtaposition is indeed remarkable. Thanks for pointing it out.
     


  15. ExAngel

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    what a racist thread! [​IMG]
     


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