A few years ago, I was into Eton shirts. I was drawn to their cut-away collars, fit, and array of colors. The variety they offered included a multitude of shades, patterns, and materials that were incredibly appealing to me. I bought them in every color and my wardrobe was now a vibrant mosaic of Eton shirts! Yet, as much as I loved the variety, this palette was a challenge, especially during busy mornings. Getting ready for work can already be complicated, with kids around it can get even harder.
I began to dive into the concept of minimizing decision fatigue. I came across the stories and insights from The Minimalists where the Zukerberg’s and Jobs of our times simplified their lives by wearing the same colors. This resonated with me, which is when the idea of embracing the timeless white shirt emerged. While not a ground-breaking idea, the notion of focusing on a crisp, white shirt that effortlessly matched with suits or jackets made perfect sense. Then I discovered Proper Cloth! Explore what they offer at Proper Cloth Now I am proud to say that my wardrobe consists of timeless, yet elegant, white, and light blue shirts. This has allowed me to not only streamline my routine but also add simplicity to my attire.
The white shirt serves as a blank canvas that can be paired with different suits, pants, jeans, and even shorts. The options are endless!
My preferred style for a white shirt is a tailored cut, with a spread or semi-spread collar – Think along the lines of Harvey Specter’s look. For a more English flair, opt for the cutaway collar. What I find important is the collar height. Depending on your physique and neck size, ensure the collar is in proportion with your neck. A high collar may seem overwhelming, and a low collar could appear disproportionate. The collar’s point-to-point measurement is another critical factor; It can make or break a shirt’s appearance. A well-made and fitted shirt boasts a collar that sits perfectly on your collarbone and nicely tucks under your jacket’s collar.
Through my many trials of acquiring tailored shirts, one valuable lesson emerged; a shirt that sits perfectly on the peak of your shoulders will drape nicely over your torso and mid-section.
In my next blog, I will delve into my experience with Proper Cloth; my go-to choice for made-to-measure shirts.
A white shirt poses as the foundation of a capsule wardrobe, enabling the creation of multiple outfits from a select few thoughtfully chosen pieces.