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October 28, 2014

The Dress Shirt: A Work Wardrobe Necessity

If you work in a conservative environment, a dress shirt is part of your daily “uniform” with your suit or blazer and trousers. And if you work in a more casual setting, a button down shirt is still a key element – especially in the fall when you wear it on it’s own, with a sport coat, or with a sweater. This season’s crop of options do not disappoint. Pattern, whether bold or subtle, is a dapper backdrop for a sport coat or cashmere sweater and wool trousers. Crisps whites and pastels are equally strong and always appropriate for your suits for work.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for the best shirts for after 5, and Thursday for the top casual picks of the season. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.ledbury.com/products/the-white-fine-twill-worker
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Ledbury - The White Fine Twill Shirt
The White Fine Twill Shirt
Ledbury
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A basic white shirt is always the number one business look staple. And there is certainly not a shortage of options. This modified spread collar twill version from Ledbury is done in a fine Italian cotton, making it a great value for the price. Ledbury is all about shirt fits, and offer both a classic and trim option, making it a great staple for every gent. At the luxury level, Canali’s dress shirt is the way to go – spread collar, beautiful fit, and well worth the price.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/canali-regular-fit-check-dress-shirt/3770062 Canali - Regular Fit Check Dress Shirt
Canali - Regular Fit Check Dress Shirt
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Canali - Regular Fit Check Dress Shirt
Regular Fit Check Dress Shirt
Canali
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Made in Italy, Canali’s classic fit and high Italian quality are simply the best. They wear well, look rich, and are good as new after many trips to the dry cleaners. So, we are fans of investing in timeless pieces from the line, like this blue and brown check shirt. Wear it with your blue suit or sport coat and a coordinating solid blue silk tie for a sophisticated look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-gerald-ww-regular-fit-stripe-dress-shirt/3801917 BOSS Hugo Boss - Gerald Regular Fit Stripe Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss - Gerald Regular Fit Stripe Dress Shirt
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Gerald Regular Fit Stripe Dress Shirt
Gerald Regular Fit Stripe Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Blue stripes are a staple in any work shirt wardrobe. This blue and burgundy version from Hugo Boss is fresh and a dressy, sophisticated match to any grey, blue or brown suits and sport coats. The fit is the regular Boss fit which is contemporary but great on most gents who want a modern, updated look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-nanoluxe-regular-fit-check-dress-shirt/3748988 Peter Millar - Nanoluxe Regular Fit Check Dress Shirt
Peter Millar - Nanoluxe Regular Fit Check Dress Shirt
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Peter Millar - Nanoluxe Regular Fit Check Dress Shirt
Nanoluxe Regular Fit Check Dress Shirt
Peter Millar
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From Peter Millar, this smart bright blue and black English check looks great with navy or grey sport coats and a solid wool or silk knit tie. The color is strong enough that it also works really well under a solid sweater, with khaki’s or wool dress pants. The wrinkle-resistant fabric is actually 100% cotton, so it will breathe while you wear it and resist wrinkles when you pack it up for a business trip.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/dressshirts/ludlowdress/PRDOVR~99467/99467.jsp J. Crew - Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
J. Crew - Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
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J. Crew - Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
J. Crew
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It’s always safe to a have shirt in your arsenal that works with every one of your suits and sport coats…but won’t set you back a car payment. With the amount of shirts we go through in any given week, there is no reason we can’t have varying price points in the mix. This J. Crew shirt is that modern, all-purpose dress shirt. The two-ply super 120’s cotton is a beautiful quality - the higher the number, the silkier the feel. And the contemporary fit lies smoothly under any jacket.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Billy-Reid-Small-Check-John-T-Shirt-Blue-/prod176010019_cat21150732__/p.prod Billy Reid - Small-Check John T Shirt
Billy Reid - Small-Check John T Shirt
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Billy Reid - Small-Check John T Shirt
Small-Check John T Shirt
Billy Reid
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From Billy Reid, this contemporary fit classic check shirt brings in all the finest qualities in shirt making. It’s made in Italy, has a French placket construction, and looks great on everyone. The blue/grey color combination works so well with tan and grey, or jeans. A fabric like this easily dresses up a solid sweater and sport coat. Oh, wondering what a French placket construction is? The shirt fabric is folded over to create a creased edge that’s held together by the button holes. Basically, it just means you’re getting a fancy finish. And why shouldn’t you? This is one nice shirt.
https://www.jcrew.com/mx/mens_category/shirts/JCrewingoodcompany/PRDOVR~A3011/A3011.jsp Albiate 1830 for J. Crew - Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
Albiate 1830 for J. Crew - Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
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Albiate 1830 for J. Crew - Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
Ludlow Spread-collar Shirt
Albiate 1830 for J. Crew
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A blue chambray shirt absolutely works as a casual dress shirt, especially when it’s in a trimmer fit like this J. Crew one, so it looks polished. It is a masculine accent to a patterned or corduroy sport coat, a blue blazer, and even a suit. J. Crew is using fabric from Italy’s well-respected Albiate 1830 mill. It is soft now, and will have a beautiful chambray fade over the years.
http://www.zappos.com/thomas-dean-co-l-s-spread-collar-jacquard-check-black Thomas Dean - Long Sleeve Spread Collar Jacquard Check Shirt
Thomas Dean - Long Sleeve Spread Collar Jacquard Check Shirt
This black and white check shirt from Thomas Dean is a perfect choice to wear with a black, blue or grey sweater and khaki’s to the office. The graphic color combination is really highlighted with the coordinating contrast pattern used under the spread collar and in the cuffs. (Click through the “shop it” button to see views of this.) The fit is classic, as is the color combination, so you’ll get plenty of use out of this one.
 

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