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White shirts everyday?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by weebayohhh, Jun 24, 2012.

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  1. weebayohhh

    weebayohhh Active Member

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    Is this okay? It seems many of the WAYWT thread vets wear white shirts or light blue on a daily basis and do just fine (I'm talking about you Spoo).
     
  2. newyorknoir

    newyorknoir Senior member

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    I'm not sure where you work, or if this question is an inside joke, but if you wear a different white shirt every day I don't think anyone would have any problems with that. Personally, it might get a little boring, but I suppose if you mix it up with a nice rotation of suits and ties you'd be okay.. Most of my shirts are of the blue pallet, but that still gives me many options with shades, collars, and patterns (bengal stripe, gingham, contrast collar, etc.).. I just ordered this Finamore shirt in light blue and white stripe..

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  3. weebayohhh

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    Currently, I work at a pharmacy, at my college and hopefully I can start at my local hospital soon.
     
  4. blahman

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    My rotation for work is pretty much exactly that - white shirts every single day. The thing about white and even light blue shirts is that they are very much part of a professional image that they are pretty much as inconspicuous as you can get. They form a sort of backdrop that no one would notice if you wear it every single day. What people do notice is everything else - your tie, suit, odd jacket/trousers etc.

    There are still options with just white shirts that may let you change it up a bit that people might notice. Whether they can point it out is another story: collar type and size, shirt fabric, cuff style.

    My white shirts are all a bit different: oxfords, royal oxfords, poplin, medium spread collar, full cutaway, button down, taller collar, shorter collar, barrel cuffs, double cuffs.
     
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    I wore identical shirts every day for about a decade, fench blue. my wife finally revolted and told me to get rid of my fucking blue shirts and get some others. I like the idea of white (or light blue) every day
     
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    I know sometimes its all about personal preference, but white all day is boring
     
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    Legens has it that the late Albert Einstein wore a white shirt to work every day so he would not have to waste time deciding what to wear and would in turn, fulfill a minimum business dress requirements.
    5 White shirts, 5 identical ties, suits socks & shoes.
     
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    Brilliant man who obviously put great emphasis and had a great understanding of the value of time, but that seems a little superfluous. Einstein was of course an eccentric—Perhaps he fulfilled the minimum dress requirement, but his hair was borderline unpresentable, and apparently he only showered twice a year.. Obviously he viewed proper grooming in the same respect as his wardrobe—He did not find the time. It reminds me of Agnelli wearing his watch on the outside of his collar sleeve rather than underneath.. True, it saves a second of your time, but a little unnecessary I think.
     
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  9. JayJay

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    Whenever I'm wearing a suit I wear either a white or blue shirt, and all the shirts have the same style.
     
  10. Quadcammer

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    90% of my shirts are plain white, with the rest filled with blue, pink, or striped variations of these colors.
     
  11. SkinnyGoomba

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    If I worked in a conservative field I would simply wear white pinpoint oxfords daily.
     
  12. JayJay

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    Mostly I'm in white shirts daily, I wear the blue ones about twice a month, if that.
     
  13. crashdummy

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    white shirts are fine, just mix up your ties you're worried about plain white all day everyday being boring
     
  14. MSchapiro

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    Pet peeve of mine actually. Most people in my office wear black pants and a white shirt. I hate getting in an elevator to see six people dressed exactly the same and yet not in the military. I generally rotate blues or different patterns in (like herringbone).
     
  15. oldog/oldtrix

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    I’ll see your solid white and blue shirts and raise you a complete and irreproachable business wardrobe. Solid navy suits; sold gray suits; black calf cap toe oxfords; black, navy, and silver grenadine ties; white linen handkerchiefs; black, navy, and gray merino socks. It is by following this minimalist prescription that I have avoided all sartorial extravagance for lo these many years.
     
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    Replace that with Hermes ties and you have a conservative banker wardrobe but I like it!
     
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    Nothing wrong with white shirts every day, but you would have to choose your tie collection quite carefully. White enhances perceived contrasts and brightens colours, which often works to flatter combinations but doesn't always do so. In the minority of cases where it doesn't work, having other colours helps. Given the range often found in menswear, pale blue tends to complement most of the combinations that white doesn't.

    In essence, by only having white shirts, you control one variable in your outfit, thus reducing potential options (slightly). Pale blue (and other colours like pink or pale lilac) enable a greater breadth of potential combinations, at the expense of greater required selectivity, and therefore greater risk of a failed combination. Which set of options you choose will likely reflect what interests you when/about getting dressing: if you want a high chance of having a perfectly acceptable outfit every time, controlling variables is one way of achieving this. If you enjoy playing around with colours and don't mind occasional extravagant failures, white shirts all the time can be boring. Nothing wrong with either approach, but it has to suit your own priorities.
     
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  18. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I wear only white shirts. Either poplin, or summer pinpoint. I only wear white linen squares too. Leaves the mind to think about other things.
     
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    Mine too. Wearing the same thing every day is for characters in Wes Anderson movies. I wear a lot of white shirts, but I also wear a lot of blue shirts, pink shirts, striped shirts, windowpane shirts. I even have a glen plaid shirt. They all look good.
     
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