During the next several weeks, we’ll feature each of the six clothing items that every guy should have in his wardrobe. As we’ll see, all of the pieces are incredibly versatile, able to be dressed up or down across a range of styles. This is particularly true of the crisp white shirt, which leads off our six-part series on the men’s clothing essentials.
Because it fits every situation from business casual to board meetings, we previously included the white shirt in our post on the office stash. The garment works just as hard off the clock, as the ideal complement to a casual blazer, or even on its own.
To fully understand the white shirt’s power, consider its relationship with two men widely recognized for their style. It’s no coincidence that George Clooney has topped innumerable “best-dressed” lists while relying heavily on the classic. Then there’s Tom Ford, who shows the shirt’s incredible range by pairing it with:
- a full tuxedo,
- a suit and tie, and even
- leaving it unbuttoned (sometimes maybe a little too unbuttoned).
We suggest that on occasion you do Tom one better, by ditching the jacket altogether and wearing the white shirt on its own. There’s no cleaner or more masculine a look than blue jeans combined with a white button-up, sleeves rolled.
Provided that you always keep the white shirt tucked in, it’s impossible to wear it incorrectly. Considering how well it works both inside and outside the office, it’s also impossible to own too many. Make sure you’re well-stocked with this undisputed classic, and check back with us next week for the second item in our series.
Hint: To keep your white shirt crisp, the secret is light iron, no starch.