Wednesday, August 8, 2012
White shirt collars and cuffs have traditionally been associated with formal day wear, but in my opinion that is not the only time to wear them. With a patterned or colored shirt body, they bridge the gap between day and evening and that makes them a good choice for events with early curtains that leave no time for dinner let alone a change of clothes.
Personally I prefer white collared shirts to have link or turnback cuffs that are meant to be worn with cuff links. There are after all no button cuffed shirts in the formal repertoire. The collar should not be overly spread either or it will not work with a bow tie (evening being the one type of occasion where the bow should never raise an eyebrow).
In the photograph, a shirt with white collar and cuffs, antique jade cuff links, Albert Thurston barathea braces and a red satin bow tie with white spots.