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White Shirts Part 1: Understanding the Differences and Picking the Best Ones

July 22, 2009

While Antonio feels that white shirts are a necessary staple of every man’s wardrobe, they should not be worn all the time. Although white dress shirts have become common place in the work force, they should be reserved for more formal functions. Just as jeans suit more casual circumstances, powder blue and other basic colours should be worn to the office; the proper attire for the proper moment.

Many men prefer wearing a white dress shirt to work. It has become a mainstream and basic look that is easy to coordinate since white shirts match with everything. Although white shirts do technically “go” with a lot of different things, they don’t allow for much self expression or individuality.  To us, the white shirt is great but safe and a very mainstream choice. A little detail or colour can make a big impact on your look and should be exercised.

Details magazine, through men.style.com, have done a slide show on white shirts. It’s linked here.

Here’s how they feel you should choose one:

Whether you buy off the rack or have your favorite version custom made by London’s famed Jermyn Street shirt makers, to get the best out of the most important item in your closet, choose carefully. Nuances of cuff (barrel or French), collar (semi-spread or point), and fabric (Panama or broadcloth) speak volumes.

We agree, the world of white dress shirts is one where the details make the difference.  When wearing a white shirt, make certain that it suits the occasion, has features you appreciate, and most importantly fits you well and is comfortable.

The Antonio Valente collection has over 20 collars, 20 cuffs, 6 pockets and a wide variety of other style features to choose from, in addition to a myriad of fabrics and ways to pull the shirt together.  Stores can order bespoke or ready-to-wear garments for their clients and have them within the industry’s quickest turn around time. Any collar, any fabric, any cuff, any time of year, and if the store wants to carry several hundred of a particular configuration, that’s something we can do also.

For more information about our shirt features, download our fall preview.

White shirt, from our Sartorial Collection, features pic stitching, fine cottons, and hand details throughout construction to make it one of the finest shirts available

White shirt, from our Sartorial Collection, features pic stitching, fine cottons, and hand details throughout construction to make it one of the finest shirts available

 

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