When you first start building a custom dress shirt collection, the most important thing is to seek versatility. To maximize value and eliminate confusion, you want to be able to wear any dress shirt with any suit you own. So, when just starting out, avoid extremes and slowly build your range by experimenting with patterns, colors, and styles that complement your features. Once you have this down, you can move into the complex world of multi-color patterns and eccentric styles with confidence. Every professional man’s wardrobe should begin with and include these 10 essential fabrics for shirts:

 

One

A Solid White (Broadcloth or Twill)

Like a lifelong friend, the classic white dress shirt will never fail you. It goes with every suit and every tie, no matter the colour or pattern.

$95 $59
100s 2-Ply Broadcloth. 100% cotton
Two

A Solid Blue (Broadcloth, Twill, or Herringbone)

When white seems too plain, subbing in a blue shirt in anything from the palest of sky blues to the deepest cerulean hues will lift your outfit from pedestrian to pow!

Victory Row

$95
100s 2-Ply Herringbone. 100% cotton
Three

A White or Light Blue Oxfordcloth (Button-down)

The Oxfordcloth Button-down (OCBD), an American classic, is a symbol of all that is good: casualness, youth, education, trustworthiness, dependability, sport, and professionalism.

$95 $59
100s 2-ply Birdseye. 100% cotton
Four

A Bold Graph Check On White

When under a jacket of some kind, the checks give your look depth. And unlike gingham, they’ve got plenty of white which is more business ready. When it comes to the office, Tic-Tac-Toe > Checkers.

I Rest My Case

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

A Bold Gingham Check

VERSATILE, CLASSIC, AND UNDERUSED, GINGHAM CHECKS CAN BE JUST THE TOUCH OF SPICE THAT YOUR ATTIRE HAS BEEN LOOKING FOR. SMALLER THAN A PLAID PATTERN THERE IS REALLY NOTHING THEY CAN’T BE PAIRED WITH.

$95
100s 2-Ply Broadcloth. 100% cotton
Six

A Bold Stripe On A White Base

The bold stripes stay conservative (appropriate for the high-power business meeting) while allowing the wearer to separate himself from the masses clad in solid whites.

$95
100s 2-Ply Broadcloth. 100% cotton
Seven

A White Stripe on Light Base

The white stripes say conservative, which are appropriate for the high-power business meeting, while allowing the wearer to separate himself from the masses clad in solid pale tones.

$95
100s 2-Ply Broadcloth. 100% cotton
Eight

A Bold Micro Check

These shirts that have two (three max) colours going on with a very small pattern, have lots of visual depth, and they look great when you wear a suit without a tie.

$95
100s 2-Ply Broadcloth. 100% cotton
Nine

A Pink

The pink shirt not only shows your self-confidence, but when worn correctly, it also leaves you with a stylistically modern and masculine look.

$95
100s 2-Ply Birdseye. 100% cotton
Ten

A Solid Bold (Twill or Herringbone)

Not ready to embrace bright colours or bold patterns just yet? Opt for a timeless bold coloured dress shirt, such as black or navy, with an understated texture, such as twill or herringbone. It will break up solid suiting without being too obvious.

$95
100s 2-Ply Twill. 100% cotton