So I think we may have finally covered all there is to know about T-shirts, Cardigans and Jumpers, so we are on to bigger and better things. Or at the very least something with a few more buttons on it. I’m talking about shirts here (in case any of you were still unsure) but I’m going to be talking about them in more of a casual context. I feel with these articles covering our go-to options for clothing your torso I should introduce another standard to your arsenal of items that should be in the wardrobe. And let me tell you shirts are extremely versatile.
Firstly, let me clarify that I’m NOT talking about any of your work shirts. If any of these have survived my article on ‘fit’ then put them to one side for the moment, chances are you’ve spent a little bit of cash on them and we don’t want them to get creased and crinkled in this casual context. What I’m really after are the basic men’s shirts that can be picked from any self-respecting high street clothing store for about 10 or 15 pounds. They may still have a classic formal edge to them (like your work shirts), or may even be oxford quality, but they are a cheaper to buy and will be utilised in our casual wardrobe either as a focal point or layering option in our outfits. Buy these shirts in any standard solid colour, by which I mean blues, whites and pinks and you really can’t go wrong. It’s easy for the everyday man to wear T-shirts (like 90% of the male population) but it takes a stylish guy to throw on a crisp shirt and THEN dress it down to look casual.
I think every man should have a white and a blue long sleeved shirt that they can reach for whenever they want. They are versatile colours and go amazingly well with nearly everything you can find. Whether you’re just relaxing at home or off out somewhere, shirts as casual wear are a great way to separate yourself from a sea of weekenders in their standard beat up jeans and tees.
The key thing here really is the little details and what you pair your shirt with. Obviously putting it with your suit trousers is what we’re trying to get away from. Also, if shirts feel too stuffy or formal for your liking then try losing the neck and top button, leaving it untucked and rolling up those sleeves. This will instantly make the shirt look more relaxed and hopefully you’ll feel that way too.
And, as always, here are some fool-proof ways of utilising your new casual shirts:
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