As a dandy I feel quite underdressed when I don’t wear a shirt. Even in the height of summer, I’ll try my best to smarten up a T-shirt by tucking it into a pair of slacks (with a woven leather belt and a pair of penny loafers for company) but I still feel like a fraud – so I’ll often throw a blazer over the top to smarten up the look, despite the raging heat.
The good news is you don’t need to do this with a decent shirt – it should speak for itself. Often its cousins tie or cravat pay a visit (or you can just do the top button up for extra formality), but even open necked is acceptable – depending on the rest of the outfit and your surroundings, of course.
With Father’s Day fast approaching, I thought I’d share two very different styles of men’s formal shirt and men’s casual shirt that any self-respecting man should have hanging in his wardrobe – if you fancy treating yourself, or the man in your life.
I love this style of shirt because it piques your interest straight away, and worn properly, it should say Gatsby and not city banker. This does have double cuffs (you’ll need cufflinks) so is a little smarter than your average shirt, and it’s perfect for something more formal – business meetings, weddings or cocktails at The American Bar, for example.
I’ve gone for a subtle light blue pinstripe and the spotted burgundy tie contrasts rather nicely don’t you think?
BDO linen chambray
A button down Oxford shirt is a classic style cheat that everyone should know about. No need to fuss with a tie, you can wear it open necked and still look smart. A preppy staple, the BDO looks ace just with chinos and loafers/deck shoes/white sneakers. The linen chambray is also perfect for summer, as it’s a lighter fabric and will keep you feeling cool.
Obviously I couldn’t resist choosing a cravat and pink linen blazer to complete the ensemble, but you can go as casual as you like as the shirt does all the work for you. Enjoy the summer!