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I can't wear plain white shirts anymore

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

  1. Leaveitothexperts

    Leaveitothexperts Senior member

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    Are black suits next? [​IMG]

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  2. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There's nothing better than a crisp white shirt in 200/2. Nothing looks better sans-tie.

    I hardly ever wear a tie and dont have to suit up for work, but I often wear a blazer or suit for going out or when I just feel like looking fine. I concur with GQg, the white shirt san-tie is hard to beat for informal elegance. Kind of like that Cary Grant photo (if only I looked more like Cary Grant).

    But, for day-to-day, I'm with GetSmart: lots of ginghams and stripes.
     
  3. lakewolf

    lakewolf Senior member

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    please don't tell me now that [Your Color Here] is the new white !
     
  4. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    The white shirt has always been my favourite. I also love pink, then lavender, than light blue, but I really prefer shirts with a white base. The clean simplicity I find very desirable, especially when worn with more dramatically detailed and/or cut pieces. Plus, it works wonders with my complexion.
     
  5. epa

    epa Senior member

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    Your are convincing me... White will be my new non-white.
    I have a doubt though: I have dark hair (turning grey, though) and green eyes, but I am very pale. Are white shirts OK for pale skin?
    Maybe it depends on whether they are combined with a dark jacket/tie, or with a jacket/tie with strong colours?
    I think so, but I am not really sure.
    What about other colours? Black? Brown?
    (Yellow and cream shirts are definitely wrong for me, I think.)
    Are there any "rules" about the choice of colours in view of skin tone?
     
  6. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    It is very hard to give an advice based on somebody description because there are rules and exceptions...
    For example , my hair is very dark but my complexion is quite clear.....
    You put me in the sun for a day or two and i will tan very quickly,making the old clothing tone policy even more difficult...
    In winter time with a more palish tskin tone ,I'm absolutely awful in yellow ,beige or cream despite the fact my hair is very black...
    Beige is leaving me looking like a ghost bringing a yellowish tone to my face.....
    I really love cream suits despite the fact they do not really suit me despite the fact that everybody always think that i can wear them without any problem...
    My best colours are navy blue ,charcoal grey ,black and dark brown and i'm looking more mediterranean than east coast wasp...
    I find white or pink quite easy to wear and not ghostish even on whiter complexion...
    You can also try a stronger pink or a bit of colour on the collar or the inside collar.....
    That is a new trick that i have recently applied.....
    I bought a lot of shirt with a colour in the inside collar .......When you take to tie off ,your white shirt is very quickly more interesting as soon as you loosen the top button or buttons...
     
  7. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    I'm not sure that I've ever left white shirts, but I have lost interest a couple of times until they're the only thing in the closet, so I have to wear them, and then they surprise me at how well they can work. As mentioned by a couple of other people, they work great casually as well with jeans and sleeves rolled up or paired with a sportcoat.

    A 200/2 white is very nice, too. I just ordered one with a fine diamond pattern from the SIC Tess Bugatti line --- there are lots of different textures of white from very many manufacturers, if you want something a bit more interesting. The new Alumo 3-ply 160s white is worth looking at, too --- it's not a solid texture as you can see some patterning (parallel lines in one direction) due to the weaving, but it feels very substantial and heavy.

    --Andre
     
  8. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    i dont like the white dress shirt and black pants black shoes look.

    if i had to wear that outfit i would at least pair it up with a pair of burgundy dress shoes.

    i actually like the combo of light blue dress shirt and navy odd trouser. pair it up with a black or dark brown shoe.
     
  9. Camiceria

    Camiceria Member

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    I love wearing white shirts both formal and informal. I don't think there's anything giving you more clean and fresh look. I do agree on some of the comments though - it does depend on the colour of skin and hair and, not to forget, the way you treat your shirts.
     

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