The Perfect White Shirt

The simple white dress shirt can be a beautiful thing. It can also be a major fashion fail. If you know what you’re doing, you can appear sophisticated and classy, but if you get it wrong, you’re sure to come off as unimaginative and dull. Getting the white shirt right, like all things dress code related, is mostly dependent of the occasion. Below, we take a look at four occasions where making an impression matters: date night, a job interview, around the office, & as a wedding guest, and then examine how the classic white shirt and your look can be optimized to perfection for each!
The Oxfordcloth

Date Night

THE KEY THEME TO DATE NIGHT ATTIRE IS ‘DRESS TO IMPRESS’. THE CAVEAT BEING THAT YOU DON’T WANT IT TO LOOK LIKE YOU YOU’VE MADE TOO MUCH EFFORT. AFTER ALL, YOU ARE TRYING TO PLAY IT COOL.

The ideal white shirt for date night is something stylish but not formal. Go for a slim fit shirt with a button-down collar. This presents a more casual look. Pair this with a tie, or go without, just remember to keep the buttons on the collar fastened at all times. Short sleeves are an option, but not if you’re wearing a tie. For long sleeves choose a simple classy barrel cuff. Shoulder loops and pockets will make the shirt more casual still.

The reason why the Oxford cloth is such a genius weave choice for date night is that it is heavier & softer, and therefore, it’s something your date will want to cozy up to…

$95
100s 2-ply Birdseye. 100% cotton
The Herringbone Weave

A Job Interview

The herringbone weave is a fine cloth choice for making a great first impression at a job interview. It’s smooth, classy, and it looks very crisp in perfect white.

French cuffs and cuff links are a key component of power dressing, but again avoid being too extravagant. The same goes for your tie. Use a simple four-in-hand-knot and a gentle color – you want to be remembered, but not for your tie.

THE LOOK YOU WANT TO TAKE INTO A JOB INTERVIEW IS ONE OF FORMAL SOPHISTICATION, WITHOUT GOING OVER THE TOP. TAKE A CLASSIC FIT WHITE SHIRT WITH EITHER A SPREAD OR POINT COLLAR FOR A SIMPLE YET SMART LOOK THAT ALLOWS YOU PLENTY OF OPTIONS FOR A TIE.

How Do You Like Me Now?

$95
100s 2-Ply Herringbone. 100% cotton
The Twill Weave

Around The Office

WORK SHIRTS HAVE THE ENVIABLE TASK OF HAVING TO LOOK SMART, BE COMFORTABLE ENOUGH TO WEAR ALL DAY, AND STAND UP TO MORE FREQUENT WASHING.

The twill weave is the best cloth to stand up to these rigors, as although it is lightweight, it is durable and doesn’t soil easily. A classic or slim fit and turn back cuffs will give you enough freedom to be active and roll your sleeves up if the going gets tough as it so often does when you are a boss.

The classic point or spread collars (depending on your face shape) will give you the most versatility allowing you to work the shirt with a tie and a suit or more casually with an open collar and trousers.

$95
100s 2-ply Twill Weave. 100% cotton
The Broadcloth

As A Wedding Guest

The broadcloth weave provides luxurious comfort in all seasons and climates, and drapes well to the body in a slim fit which is ideal for sitting under a formal suit.

The classic wide-spread collar will give you the most options when it comes to your tie. This means you can change your tie and the knot you use to suit the occasion and it will never go out of fashion. Try a skinny tie for a subtle way to stand out, while French cuffs worn with cuff links also add that understated sophistication – polite wedding guests aren’t supposed to be too flashy.

FOR THE CLASSIC WEDDING LOOK, YOU NEED A SHIRT THAT IS SHARP, SOPHISTICATED, YET STANDS THE TEST OF TIME. YOU’LL WANT TO GO BACK TO A GREAT WEDDING SHIRT EVENT AFTER EVENT.

The Foundation

$95
100s 2-ply Broadcloth. 100% cotton