There are some things in life we can’t do without: food, water, the emergency services… but sartorially speaking, it’s shirts. Timeless, versatile and undeniably stylish, a good shirt will see you through any occasion and ensure you always look your best. On hand to give their expert advice, the team at The Savile Row Company have helped us pull together five must-own designs and explained to us why we need them in our wardrobes right now. Read on to see the ones that made the cut.
The Classic White
Since the brand’s inception in 1938, the classic white shirt has remained one of its all-time best sellers – and for good reason. Whether you’re attending a wedding, meeting, interview or party, this menswear essential will never look out of place. Seen as the cornerstone of any well-rounded wardrobe, it can be dressed up with a blazer and trousers, or down with a jumper and chinos – the opportunities are endless, no matter what your style.
We’ve all been there; you’re away on business and you reach into your suitcase (which you’ve not unpacked) to find that your favourite shirt is riddled with creases. Annoying, right? To eliminate such scenarios, the shirt you should be investing in is of the non-iron variety. Practical yet as stylish as any, this wrinkle free design is a must-have for those who would rather spend more time charming clients than standing at the ironing board.
Whilst many items of clothing fall in and out of favour, the check shirt remains a must-own component of the classic weekend outfit. Eye-catching and effortlessly dapper, it will team perfectly with a pair of slim-fitting jeans and leather Chelsea boots. Reservations over its versatility? Although it might be one of the more casual shirts you’ll own, it can also be used to add some character to formal looks. Wear yours to the office with a suit and tie, and you’ll soon be on the end of envious glances on your next trip to the printer.
Based in the heart of London’s Savile Row, The Savile Row Company initially built its reputation on supplying shirts to many of the UK’s finest independent retailers and department stores. During that time, there was one shirt that never lost its popularity: the Oxford. Worn by the likes of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and James Dean, the Oxford shirt is possibly one of the greatest garments you’ll ever own. Incredibly versatile, it’s a faultless smart-casual piece that conveys a sense of ease and comfort every time you put it on.
First impressions are everything, and not many can put their stamp on an outfit as much as a Bengal stripe shirt. A timeless classic that never fails to enhance a suit, this formalwear favourite strikes the perfect balance between subtle and salient – offering just enough pattern to catch the eye but not so much it takes the attention away from the rest of your ensemble. Work in the city? Wear yours with a tailored suit, silk tie and monk-strap shoes.
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