Long sleeved shirts aren’t just for the office. Check out our definitive guide for styling one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe.
It would be safe to say that every man owns at least one shirt in his wardrobe. The men’s shirt has existed for decades, and it’s one of the most versatile pieces of clothing a man can own. Whilst many men may be sick of wearing their long sleeved shirts to the office five days a week, it’s time to unfasten your top button and roll up your sleeves in some easygoing, casual shirts that can be worn long after the workday is over.
History of the Men’s Shirt
Traditionally worn as an undergarment for men, the men’s shirt was historically seen as a symbol of wealth and sophistication. As far back as the 18th Century, the men’s shirt was the subject of multiple fashion changes, including huge collars and silk fabric. These days, men’s shirts look a bit more simpler but there’s still a variety of offerings to choose from. Although a majority of men wear their shirts underneath suits for the 9-5 workday, wearing a casual shirt unbuttoned and tucked into a pair of jeans on your downtime allows you to look comfortable and smart whilst getting the most wear out of a staple item in your wardrobe. With casual shirts, there’s also a variety of fabrics and styles to choose from.
Plaid shirts were once reserved for lumberjacks and cowboys, but they’ve since become of the most popular choices of shirts from men and women alike. Brands like Abercrombie & Fitch and J. Crew have been longtime supporters of the classic plaid shirt and allowed for them to become the ideal choice when considering which casual shirts to wear.
Try pairing a dark plaid shirt with some dark blue jeans for a classic, all-American look. For an even more casual but warmer look, pair your plaid shirt underneath a zip up hoodie and bomber jacket.
There’s something about a classic white Oxford shirt that never goes out of style, which is why the Oxford shirt is, by far, the most functional shirt you can own. If you don’t already have one of these staples in your wardrobe, this is the style of shirt you need to invest in. Unlike most of the other shirts in this list, the Oxford shirt can be worn both for the office and for your more casual weekend activities.
Brands like Ralph Lauren and J. Crew have turned the Oxford shirt into a classic staple, but cheaper alternatives can also be found from brands like Farah and Nudie. Choose a slim fit Oxford that can be worn tucked into jeans or shorts with your sleeves rolled up on the weekend, and also worn with a tailored suit for the work week.
Whilst denim shirts were once synonymous with Britney and Justin’s unforgettable matching denim get-up at the 2001 American Music Awards, the denim shirt has seen a resurgence in recent years. Thankfully, brands are now offering more classical yet modern denim shirts that should be a staple in every man’s wardrobe.
If you’re feeling adventurous with your fashion, pair a light-wash denim shirt with some dark, tailored jeans for a modern, double denim look that would give Britney and Justin a run for their money. In the warmer months, pair a denim shirt with some white jeans for a cool and classic summer outfit.
Printed shirts provide a great option of adding some color and excitement to your wardrobe if you’re tired of wearing basic long-sleeved shirts all week. When it comes to picking a printed shirt, it all comes down to your personal preference.
Brands like Burberry and Yves Saint Laurent have some outlandish offerings for the more fashion-confident, whereas brands like Carhartt and Publish offer something more toned down that still provides a fun alternative to your basic, run-of-the-mill long sleeved shirts. Try wearing a printed shirt with some dark jeans, or under a dark suit for a casual twist that still looks sophisticated.
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