The 5 shirts your wardrobe needs now

When you know how, building a capsule wardrobe is simple, it’s all about a few must-have pieces - the classics in neutral shades. Personality comes later with pops of colour and accent prints here and there. But let’s get back to basics, the very beginning, the foundations of any wardrobe and what many a look starts with: the humble shirt. From its many incarnations, ways to style and what to wear with, nothing beats this style hero. Check out the five essential shirts for men your wardrobe needs now.

White Shirt


Nothing beats a crisp white cotton shirt, timeless and elegant it can be dressed up or given a casual edge. This versatile classic looks good worn with anything and everything. For a relaxed look, wear untucked and then roll the sleeves back (fold back up over the elbow then start tucking inwards with cuffs half exposed - the irregularity adds a touch of laid-back cool). To finish, style with a flattering front tuck. Hello effortless style!

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Casually Speaking


So, you’ve got the white shirt, excellent! The check shirt is your next port of call if you’re building a capsule wardrobe. Timeless, the plaid shirt is the perfect all-rounder. Great worn with a suit or cardigan and chinos, and equally as good teamed with denim. Wear open, layered over a white tee, sleeves rolled up, team with jeans and step into lace up boots for a dash of urban lumberjack cool. Check u out Mr!

Check Shirt
Denim Shirt


Gone are the days when double denim was a no-no. Stylish and smart worn tucked in with boots; for an alternative look, wear untucked over a white tee and unbutton from the third button down from the collar. The white tee helps break the expanse of denim and the styling adds a casual spin. For a subtle take on double denim, wear jeans in a contrast colour. Step into trainers and you’re good to go - job done!

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Dapper Chap


Want a formal vibe? Look no further than a striped shirt. Perfect worn with tailoring, this shirt looks equally as good with a tie as it does without. For a look that says city slicker, wear with a tie in a complementary contrast colour and print. Novice to stripes? No problem. Just start off light. Pastels are perfect for dipping your toe in.

Striped Shirt
Printed Shirt


Add a dash of fun and personality to your look with a printed shirt. Full of charm, they’re instant conversation starters. Finding the perfect print is simple. The rule of thumb is generally to go up in scale according to your frame for a flattering look and choose a print that reflects your personality. Great with jeans and chinos in equal measure and ideal for giving tailoring a relaxed modern twist.

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