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Shirt individualization: Would such contrast "lining" still be appropriate for a business shirt (cor

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Twists, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. Twists

    Twists Member

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    Dec 31, 2011
    I am really getting bored of wearing the same old tailored shirts every day (am living in Singapore where everyone is wearing taylored shirts) and was wondering how I could customize/individualize my shirts next time I go to Joes. Browsing the internet, i found this shirt:

    Do you think a visible "lining" like this would still be appropriate for white/light blue business shirts, or is this a no-go? (although I would go for a less obvious color... )

    Other options would be:

    - Contrast fabrics for inner cuffs and inner collar
    - Contrast fabrics for inner fastening and inner button placket
    - Contrast seams and button threads (fixing and hole)

    Any other ideas how to get some more out of business shirts?

  2. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Distinguished Member

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    Jul 19, 2006
    the Zoo
    Don't do it.

    You'll regret it when you turn 18

  3. globetrotter

    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    greater chicago
    yeah, this is pretty nasty shit.

    I do have to say that I had a friend, back in my twenties, when we were both hotshot sales people - he had some white and light blue shirts where the back panel was a piece of fabric from a hawaiian shirt, which he wore with suits. I thought that was pretty cool, but not for me. he is now a VP of a fortune 2000 company

  4. curzon

    curzon Distinguished Member

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    “Curzon understands the cultural nuances of our ti

    The good folks at the US State Dept, too. Been to many dip balls where they'd remove their dinner jackets and ... wow!!! ... whacky Hawaiian patterned shirt sleeves and backs. I reckon when one's a Mormon one can only go so far to be outrageous.

    Pity the absence of tobacco and liquor...

  5. Macallan

    Macallan Senior Member

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    Jan 9, 2010
    How many shirts do you have?
    The reason I ask, because after a few wears, you will not wear the shirt to work.

    I would normally how conservative your work is environment; however, it seems from your considerations, you are not restricted to white and light blue shirts:
    i. Pale colours (e.g. lilac)
    ii. White with stripes (e.g. http://www.gievesandhawkes.com/shop/online/menswear/dress-shirts/navy-fine-stripe-dress-shirt.html)
    iii. Gingham (e.g. http://www.harvieandhudson.com/p/Tu...m_Turn_Back_Cuff_Shirts/G4_Turn_Back_Cuff.htm)
    iv. White stripes, the base colour does not need to be blue (e.g. http://www.gievesandhawkes.com/shop...inpoint-dress-shirt-with-contrast-collar.html)

  6. Svenn

    Svenn Distinguished Member

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    This company looks like they've done every possible combination of the above in their clubbing shirts: http://www.babelco.com.au/sale-items.html (see collection 1), but as stated they're meant for clubbing. The specific shirt you linked to would look too casual with that dark bordering right down the middle of the shirt. I wouldn't mind though getting a shirt with subtly contrasting cuff and collar lining and maybe a grouping of buttons into triples, but I don't think you can go much farther than that in the business environment. If you're in Singapore, I assume you can get away with an unbuttoned collar and rolled up sleeves? That's fortunate as it allows you to show off the contrasting linings, and you can get higher stiffer collars which will make the look very formal (in my opinion, even more formal than a lot of guys wearing ties in slouchy buttoned-up shirts).

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