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Choosing The Right White Dress Shirt

July 15th, 2016

The white dress shirt is a staple of every guy’s wardrobe. It’s easy to wear, goes with almost everything else in the closet, and it looks good on every skin tone. But why are there so many fabric options, and how do you know which one to get?


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Find the perfect white shirt for you

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Where do you expect to wear it?

Casual

Nights and weekends.

Crossover

A little work, a little play.

Formal

Work or formal events.

What’s your typical weather?

Cool

Thicker is better.

Mixed

Need a shirt for all weathers.

Hot

Light and breathable please.

What’s your office dress code?

Casual

I can wear whatever.

Crossover

Business casual.

Business Formal

I wear a suit most days.

How do you feel about wrinkles?

They’re Good

Wrinkles can look stylish and cool.

Some Are Ok

A few wrinkles are ok I guess.

Don’t Love ’Em

I prefer fewer wrinkles.

Broadcloth

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Formal setting

Smooth, crisp, with virtually no texture. Broadcloth is the most traditional choice for black tie and business formal white shirts. Lightweight but more structured than poplin. Great with the spread collar and French cuffs for formal looks.

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Poplin

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Wrinkles

Traditional setting

Smooth with little texture, and less structure than broadcloth, perfect for a carefree stylishly wrinkled look. The quintessential summer white shirt. Great with short sleeves and short collar. Slight translucence, but not transparent.

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Twill

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Wrinkles

Formal setting

Characterized by diagonal weave lines, twills range in texture from fine to bold. The uneven surface adds durability (i.e. denim is twill), makes wrinkles less apparent, and can boost softness. The wider the lines, the more casual the fabric.

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Herringbone

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Twill’s fancier cousin, herringbone is woven with the same diagonal lines mirrored regularly to create a repeating “fishbone” pattern. A great crossover fabric that stands alone as a casual shirt and works just as well with solid suits.

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Chambray

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Casual setting

Chambray is a type of plain weave, with a simple over-under construction. Famous for its origins as the “blue collar” shirt, now available in almost all colors. Rugged feel and heavier weight. This is a premium casual option.

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Oxford

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Casual setting

Oxford features basketweave construction that creates a crisscross pattern and texture. A classic favorite for its collegial look and adaptability from casual to formal. Worn best with a button down collar and barrel cuff.

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Pinpoint Oxford

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Regular oxford’s dressier cousin, pinpoint boasts a finer basketweave with less texture and pattern. Smooth and soft with some luster, this is a popular choice for wear with suits and sport jackets. Try a standard collar and barrel cuff.

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Royal Oxford

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The most formal, fancy, and flashy of all the oxfords. Royal oxford has a lustrous diamond pattern and substantial texture. It’s popular for formal occasions and works well with the spread collar, french cuffs, and a classic tux.

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