A reader asked for examples of the shirtings in blue, gray and tan that I suggested the other day, and here are six of them. When the objective is conservative business dress, there should normally be no more than two patterns in the combinations, so when the shirts are patterned, either the necktie or the jacket should be a solid or semi-solid. The swatches are DJ Anderson shirtings that can be combined with suits and neckties as suggested.
Light blue shirt, gray suit and brown grenadine necktie.
Gray on white striped shirt, tan suit and navy knit necktie.
Tan on white striped shirt, navy suit and gray necktie.
Navy on white stripe, gray suit and navy oxford necktie.
Gray on white checked shirt, navy suit and dark gray grenadine necktie.
Tan semi-solid shirt, navy suit and gray necktie.
And that is business dressing with a minimum of fuss.