I can't wear plain white shirts anymore

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by EL72, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. rssmsvc

    rssmsvc Senior member

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    I love the pictures you post, you must have a big archive of them.

    I have gone back and forth between all white, and no white, and pretty much love the contrast of my darkest suits with a nice white shirt.
     


  2. jml90

    jml90 Senior member

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    White shirts are a staple of men's wardrobe and never look out of place albeit boring I think they still look great. (This coming from a man who will only wear solid/semi solid shirts with ties and on rare occasion a solid with one color stripe or check)
     


  3. Sator

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    I love white shirts. I love simplicity. It's in the same vein that I love black shoes. That clean sharp look is unbeatable.

    The interest in the shirt has to be the cut. I have one on order from my tailor, Charles Nakhle, in a fancy white with a subtle fancy pattern in it. Should be a stunner.
     


  4. SGladwell

    SGladwell Senior member

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    I seem to only wear white, no pattern shirts for a two week window in the spring, with jeans and boots and the sleeves rolled up.
     


  5. Newton

    Newton Senior member

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    Agree with Sator 100%.
     


  6. epa

    epa Senior member

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    I have two white shirts (with surface texture, though). I wear them rather rarely (one of them I only wear with my summer linen odd jacket; the other one has some polyester in it -it was bought before I started to consult SF...- and sometimes I put it on hoping to wear it out...).
    When I wear a white shirt with a suit, sometimes people here in Spain say that I look like a U.S. lawyer...
     


  7. Percy Trimmer

    Percy Trimmer Senior member

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    If you wear a white shirt on a regular basis in the UK it is probably because someone has told you to. They belong to the corporate uniform and middle management. London policemen wear them. We had to wear them at school and now we'll decide for ourselves what to wear and it will not be white.

    Trimmer
     


  8. lasbar

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    I also believe there is a cultural dimension to the white shirt question...
    If you have been raised in a country where schools uniforms are the norm ,you're more than likely fed up with the white shirt theme and with good reasons!!!
    You're likely to be inclined to try an everything but white shirts policy....
    If you have the right complexion ,white shirts are sexy and can help to wear pinstripes/chalkstripes without looking a mess...
    With or without a tie or a jacket ,white shirts if tailored always look the part...
    Elegance is always simplicity...
    My mother used to tell me "If you have to explain the cultural reason behind your choice of clothes ,there is a problem...Elegance is always coming without any effort or commentaries...."...
    Personally ,cream is not at all my colour ,i look like a ghost in it,the same for ivory....
    You have to try to avoid unsuitable colour to your skin tones...
    Anyway,There is no real etiquette as long as you feel comfortable in your clothes....
     


  9. LARon

    LARon Senior member

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    White has, indeed, become far too mundane and boring for me in my middle-age years, yet it clearly has a place. I wear a white shirt now about once a month. My shirt wardrobe now consists primarily of stripes and colors. Many (if not most) of my colored shirts have contrasting collar and cuffs. In fact, until earlier this year, contrasting collar and cuffs was my dominate look. I still love it; for some reason, colored collars aren't as formal or appropriate to me for the business environment as white, testament to my abiding belief about the primacy of white.
     


  10. Sator

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    If you wear a white shirt on a regular basis in the UK it is probably because someone has told you to. They belong to the corporate uniform and middle management. London policemen wear them. We had to wear them at school and now we'll decide for ourselves what to wear and it will not be white.

    Trimmer


    Rebellion is fine as long as there is sense and meaning to it. However is there sense and meaning to you wearing ripped jeans and flip flops because you want to rebel against the rules?

    Right throughout the 19th century the white shirt was the symbol of the well dressed gentleman. In the age of the white detachable collar, that is why professional jobs were called "white collar jobs". White shirts were the symbol of proper and immaculate dress - a shining symbol of civil decorum and respectability. That is why school children are to this day expected to follow this age old tradition. That is why you wear a white shirt with formal dress of any kind.

    If even then you insist on being rebelious little schoolboys it is your choice...
     


  11. GQgeek

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    There's nothing better than a crisp white shirt in 200/2. Nothing looks better sans-tie. I love blue for my jackets, but I feel it's too utilitarian for a dress shirt. White looks much sharper.
     


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    Plain white shirts used to be a staple in my wardrobe, but I have gradually migrated to white shirts with at least some surface interest to the cloth. Still, if I had all the money in the world, my wardrobe would contain both.
     


  13. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    I'm coming back to the white shirt after a long period of antipathy and indifference.
     


  14. GQgeek

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    I'm coming back to the white shirt after a long period of antipathy and indifference.

    Are black suits next? [​IMG]
     


  15. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Are black suits next? [​IMG]
    No. Never was into those in the first place. But black shoes ... maybe.
     


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