The White Shirt Poll

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kaxixi, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. kaxixi

    kaxixi Senior member

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    The topic of white shirts comes up now and again, including recently on WAYWN. I would like to know how often members wear a white shirt when you wear a suit and tie. If you seldom wear one, but tend do so more frequently in a specific setting (e.g., at night), then feel free to elaborate, and if you have a favorite fabric (e.g., cotton-linen blend), please share.
     
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    Arch Stanton Senior member

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    I wear a suit every day to work, and I wear a solid white shirt maybe once a week. I just feel with all the great colors and patterns available, I always find myself reaching for a shirt with color. I will sport a white shirt when I feel the need to wear something on the conservative side. Since I cant stand to wear a T-shirt under my dress shirts, I only wear solid white shirts that have a small % of stretch blended into the fabric. I have found that you cant see your skin through these shirts like most white dress shirts.
     
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    Blackl3232 Well-Known Member

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    I wear white shirts probably 80 or 90% of the time. I mainly wear other colors with certain colors of suits that I don't like white with...brown, tan, etc.
     
  4. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    i started wearing them recently and actually like the fact that they're a blank canvas quite a bit, make some complex getups alot easier.
     
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    srivats Senior member

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    I wear them atleast twice a week to work. A white OCBD is my 2nd favourite shirt to wear [​IMG]
     
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    I have black hair, and fair skin. With a dark navy or grey suit, the white works very well with me. White and pale blue are the two dress shirt colors I wear the most. The white doesn't suck the color out of my features in the Spring, Summer or Fall. I tend to avoid white shirts in the winter, as living in Chicago in the winter tends to pale the skin. I'll wear a lot more blues then. But after 2 days in the sun, I'm back ready to wear the white.
     
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    mmhollis Senior member

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    I responded frequently, but I'd probably wear one more if it wasn't such a struggle to find a regular white shirt with a spread collar that has slim fit. It really shouldn't be this hard!
     
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    Is there a brand or type of cotton that will show less shirt when wearing white? That is my big hesitation on wearing white more often. I don't like having my shirt show through, especially if I were to lose the tie after hours and have my v-neck showing through the front.
     
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    Nicola Senior member

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    Let me answer this way. I've got about 25 dress shirts. I'm guessing almost 20 are white.
     
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    Irv Well-Known Member

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    I would wear a white based shirt about 90% of the time but many of my white shirts will have a self stripe or fine pin stripe, etc through them.

    I simply find that they will go with just about any suit/tie combination so it makes sense to have more of them.
     
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    I wear slightly off-white shirt once per week (Usually a 'monday' shirt).

    Blinding white, or 'dead white', never.
    Dead White makes people look 'coffin-ready'.

    On the other hand,
    a nice dead-white shirt can come in handy if you intend on taking the afternoon off work.
    It gives a nice 'not feeling well' palor to the face.
     
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    Philip1978 Senior member

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    Blinding white, or 'dead white', never.
    Dead White makes people look 'coffin-ready'.

    On the other hand,
    a nice dead-white shirt can come in handy if you intend on taking the afternoon off work.
    It gives a nice 'not feeling well' palor to the face.


    [​IMG]
     
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    lermontov Senior member

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    Once or twice a week, every week.
     
  14. benjamin831

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    I wear slightly off-white shirt once per week (Usually a 'monday' shirt).

    Blinding white, or 'dead white', never.
    Dead White makes people look 'coffin-ready'.

    On the other hand,
    a nice dead-white shirt can come in handy if you intend on taking the afternoon off work.
    It gives a nice 'not feeling well' palor to the face.


    I always get the feeling that "off-white," "ivory," or "cream," just looks dirty to the glancing eye.

    But that's just me.
     
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    On one of the (currently infrequent) occasions I wear a suit or clothes of a similar smartness I wear a plain white shirt fairly often. I know they sometimes get bad press compared to a pale blue shirt say, but I think with a Navy suit/jacket they look terrific.
    Probably have 3 or 4 of them out of a total of maybe 12ish French cuffed shirts (didn't bring most of them to uni, so I am not sure of the total number of the top of my head).
     

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