As office dress codes grow ever looser, and ties remain a non-essential accessory to the business suit, never before has so much sartorial focus been placed on the shirt. What was once the backdrop for a statement tie has found itself at the epicentre of work attire. After all, once your blazer is removed, the shirt is all you have to demonstrate your personality. A roster of smart button-ups, then, is essential to get you through the working week in style.
With each new season, though, comes the opportunity for a subtle refresh — and shirts in a spring-like hue are sure to give you a boost when the warmer weather hits. From dusky pale pinks to university stripe reds to crisp powdery blues, now is the time to add some colour to your Monday to Friday wardrobe. (For a smart suit update, look to this classic navy High Twist Hopsack K Suit from Boglioli — unstructured and unlined, it’s just the ticket.)
Spring is also an opportunity to add a little texture. Fabrics like hopsack, chambray and pinpoint cotton are lightweight and will give suits a feeling of ease — for something a little more custom, our made-to-measure shirting service, in partnership with Finamore and MCR, has a wealth of options to pick from. Choose everything from the collar and cuff type to fabrication — shirt shopping has arguably never been more exciting. (Simply book an appointment via email@example.com or simply stop by our stores in either London and Zurich.)
For something ready-made, one of our favourite arrivals for spring is this pink button-down shirt from Gitman Vintage, which is ideal styled with suits in shades of greys, blues and beige. Crafted in the USA from a woven cotton hopsack that is smooth to touch and comfortable to wear.
Meanwhile, our Trunk Seymour shirt and MCR’s Slim Pinpoint Button-up are a novel update on the classic blue work shirt. The Seymour is cut to our classic shirting silhouette but rendered in a super soft chambray with a slightly slubby finish, while MCR’s Italian-made button-down features delicate mother of pearl buttons and a subtle, textured weave. Both styles could just as easily transition into your weekend wardrobe when paired with cotton chinos.
For those wanting to err on the side of classic, opt for a pattern to change-up your look. Salvatore Piccolo, master of Italian shirting, has a plethora of new styles to choose from — each shirt takes 6 hours to make. Our favourite is the Cotton-Linen Wide Stripe Shirt, which has a simple blue-on-white verticle stripe pattern; so it'll work in smart-casual or more formal settings.