Matteo Marzotto, the well-dressed man in the photo, is said to wear blue shirts most days, and that makes my point for me. Aside from some white for evening, a man can do just fine with nothing in his closet but light blue shirts. After all, blue combines well with jackets in gray, navy, tan and brown. What does that leave, really? Nothing.
Wearing nothing but blue may sound dull but it actually provides plenty of variety. A dozen blue shirts hardly begin to cover the options. Oxford cloth and twill for winter, chambray and end on end for shoulder season and voile and high twist weaves for summer. Tiny houndstooth checks and hairline stripes spaced so closely that they appear solid. And then there are the cuffs: turnback for city suits and button cuffs for less formal attire. With spread collars, tab collars, buttondowns and collars for pins; even a contrast collar or two.
Dress shirts are simple.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010