When considering the staples for the ultimate menswear closet, one cannot help but include the elusive white shirt. It may come in a variety of fits, cuts and fabrics, but it’s prowess and sartorial status can never be measured. Like every fashion conscious fellow, I have QUITE the collection of white shirts- some with contrast collars, some oversized, some with hidden buttons- but my chemise du choix lately has got to be this cheeky button down collar number from H&M.
The fabric is basic cotton, non stretch, and slightly sheer, which is perfect for these warmer days when our shirts can often be a little too clammy around the collar. Speaking of collars- my favourite detail of this particular piece are these hidden buttons at the neck. Remember guys- these sassy designer details are everywhere to find on the high street!
While a classic white shirt is of course inherently versatile, today I decided to add some edge to this basic button up with my favourite DIY denim gilet. I’ve featured this piece on the blog before, as it never ceases to amaze me in its limitless accessibility to my wardrobe! Given that it used to be a Primark denim jacket that got the Project Runway treatment, it ain’t too shabby, eh?
The juxtaposition of distressed denim with the formality of the shirt created a desired ‘dishevelled dapper’ effect. I reigned in this ambiguous aesthetic with some simple black skinnies, but added a final flair of fun with my River Island trainers and ghetto fabulous watch. Et voila! With some quirky touches, you can garner a multitude
of looks from your classic white shirt!