Solids have gravitas. They are your most formal dress shirts, and also your most versatile. They don't seek attention, only to shed light on what's really important: you. And they're never concerned with pattern interference, so wear them with whichever trouser, jacket, or tie you want. The four traditional solids - white, light blue, French blue, and light pink - are the foundation of the masculine shirt rack because they really do look good on every complexion. If you are a Saint who wears a dress shirt to work every day, you can even stand to have a backup or two in your favorite solid colors.
Stripes are less formal than solids but remain within the realm of business and business casual attire. Stripes speak up at meetings, catch your eye in the hallway, and send the message that you’re willing to take risks within reasonable limits. Just be careful how you pair them. The safest bet is to wear your stripes with solid pants and jacket. You can add other patterns to your look, just don’t try to get too matchy matchy: you’re patterns must vary in size. If you’re shirt has pin stripes, make sure your tie stripes are wider. A striped shirt paired with the right argyle or paisley bow tie wins the stand-out-style prize any day.
Here's how to pick your next 3 shirts.
1. Look at your solids. Are you missing any of the basic four? Add one.
2. Look at your solids, again.Which color do you wear most often?
Buy a second.
3. Add a stripe or check to broaden the personality of your collection.
4. Order our Shirt Stack with a Bow Holiday Special and get a bow tie to go with your three new shirts!