The other day I talked pants, now I'm going to get you gents up to speed on what to wear along with those fine pants I discussed the other day. Right off the bat, I'll call your attention to the fact that there are no t-shirts in this posting. That is no mistake; there should be a t-shirt dedicated posting coming down the pipeline sooner or later. Rather, these will all be button/snap front shirts.
Now, there are a few simple rules every man should know:
- Know when you should and shouldn't tuck your shirt in. There are nuances about this rule I have neither the time nor the knowledge to get into, but be aware of whether or not you should tuck. Also remember: when in doubt, it's better to have an un-tucked shirt, since if you go from tuck to un-tuck, you have unsightly wrinkles at the bottom of your shirt.
- If you're going to wear long-sleeved shirts, know the proper way to roll the sleeves up. It takes five years off your look, but can also look horrible if done sloppily. Remember - for most cuffed shirts, it's two to three rolls of the cuff line. Also, think of it more as "folding" than "rolling."
- Own at least one short-sleeved dress shirt. They look great open-collared, but they come in really handy when you have to wear a suit to a wedding in July.
- Own one Hawaiian shirt. That way, you have something to wear to beach-themed events, but you're sure to avoid being "that guy who always wears Hawaiian shirts."
- Know how to pair your shirts and pants; understand the rules about stripes and plaids and solids, and obey them.
Now, onto the recommendations:
First: The Diesel Smanya Striped Short Sleeve Woven shirt. This shirt is perfect for that "casual but not totally causal" look that everyone seems to be enamored with these days. It's got the micro stripe that I'm a fan of, and this would be a perfect shirt to pair with the grey pants I'd praised the other day. There is only one real issue with this shirt to my eye: epaulets. Yep, those silly little button tabs on each shoulder that are all the rage these days are infesting all the good shirts. It's just senseless embellishment, unless you're a decorated military officer. And if you're a decorated military officer, you don't shop at Urban Outfitters. However, this shirt is currently 50% off, so I might even look the other way on the epaulets or just rip them off, since that's such a steal.
Up next is the Salt Valley Western Shirt. I couldn't be more into Western shirts these days. They tend to be wonderfully comfortable, durable, and designed with a large enough patterned plaid that even the more "ample sized gentlemen" like myself look good in them. Long sleeves and short sleeve both look good, and you can wear any western shirt open over a t-shirt and have it look pretty awesome. At $44, it isn't terribly pricey, but it certainly isn't cheap; still, you just have to keep in mind the broad array of possibilities of this shirt.
Third is the short sleeved plaid shirt. This might well be the most wearable and timeless of all men's shirt styles, other than dress shirts, naturally. Short sleeve plaid shirts can be worn almost any time, and usually come in lighter tones, which make them the perfect summer day choice. They look good under sweaters, blazers, and sweatshirts alike. They've been worn throughout the years, popularized by Eddie Haskell and Richie Cunningham, and in our modern times, it's not uncommon to see Brad Pitt or Jake Gyllenhaal wearing one in their off hours. What's even better is that the Lark & Wolff short sleeve button-down by Steven Alan is currently 33% off. For just $40, you can own a shirt that you can wear all the time.
Finally, the easiest shirt to wear. Even its name hints at it's simplicity: the Updated Basic Shirt from American Rag. On sale for 25% off the retail price, this shirt goes with everything. It's a "pretty much" solid pattern, so it can be worn with striped or patterned pants, it's formal enough to wear with a tie, but casual enough to be worn open. It can be tucked or un-tucked. Sleeves up, sleeves down - it doesn't matter. This shirt will pretty much look good no matter what you do to it. The main reason I choose this specific shirt, however, is that it has contrast stitching, so it breaks up the otherwise solid looks that most every other button-down shirt has. It's subtle, but it really does make a difference.
So there you have it. If there are any button-down styles I have forgotten, please don't hesitate to let me know. If there are fashion rules I have overlooked, you benefit both me and your fellow readers by bringing them to my attention. So now get out there and look really good!