It’s considered boring, basic, plain even yet it’s crisp, classic and definitely a must have in every man’s wardrobe. What am I referring to you ask? The the incomparable white button up shirt. Many don’t recognize the significance of the white button up because it’s become so deeply integrated into our fashion culture. It’s been around for years, decades, generations…dating back to the early 19thcentury to be exact. However today we won’t delve into a textiles history lesson but instead converse about how important this item of clothing has been and I’m assuming will continue to be in the realm of men’s fashion. It has “rich” and elitist beginnings but is currently very much the norm worn by the everyday man or is it? If it’s not in your wardrobe or your man’s wardrobe (for my women readers) it most definitely should be. The versatility of the white button up does something for ensemble that most other colored shirts cannot do which is remain both timeless and always on trend.
How can it be used with your personal style choices? It can be worn as a stark contrast with a jet black tuxedo for “black-tie” events, formals and anything needing a “traditional” look for that matter. Additionally, it can also be simple and casual under a sweater accompanied with some dark denim jeans and a sports coat. There is magic to how this one item of clothing can be so versatile. Well, in my opinion, it’s because the white button up is, for a lack of better terms, a blank canvas. And we all know what can happen when we have white space in which to create…if not check out some of my artist friends and get ready to be amazed. (Gemynii, Candy Carver). In other words, there are no limits and you can construct your style however you desire. You could leave it basic or you can douse it with plenty of color accents or anything in between and still look great (remember beauty and art is in the eye of the beholder). The white button up shirt is a foundational piece of clothing which every man needs in his closet. Purely because it’s fresh, clean and can be made to illustrate your mood and energy feel for that day or other moments in time.
Until next time…stay Natty!