The Not-Quite-White Shirt
Over the weekend voxsartoria shared this photo on his blog of A Suitable Wardrobe’s Will Boehlke, who we’ve featured here before several times. 
Ever so briefly, Vox mentioned two things: Will’s bow tie and also his “underrated off-white shirt,” which I think does deserve more attention. 
Of course, you need a white shirt for more formal cases and a variety of shirts in blues are great, too. But blue can get quite boring to wear all the time with white feeling a bit inappropriate to wear more casually. This is where off-white shirts in cream, ecru and other “not-quite-white” tones offer a great solution. 
I like to wear my ecru oxford cloth button-down shirt during the daytime with more relaxed and casual clothing: tweed or cotton jackets, under wool sweaters or just by itself with jeans. 
As an alternative to white, it allows you to use the color without any of the high-contrast and looks more natural against sunlight. This subtle difference gives your wardrobe an alternative to wearing white-collar business shirts with clothing that would be better suited for outside of work. 
It’s for this reason that I think the shirt compliments darker earth tones the best: maroon, olive, browns and tans. But it also works well against navy, as Will proves above. It’s a very pleasing look.
If your daily wardrobe skews toward the casual end, then look into a few shades away from white. It might end up being quite versatile for you. 
-Kiyoshi

The Not-Quite-White Shirt

Over the weekend voxsartoria shared this photo on his blog of A Suitable Wardrobe’s Will Boehlke, who we’ve featured here before several times. 

Ever so briefly, Vox mentioned two things: Will’s bow tie and also his “underrated off-white shirt,” which I think does deserve more attention. 

Of course, you need a white shirt for more formal cases and a variety of shirts in blues are great, too. But blue can get quite boring to wear all the time with white feeling a bit inappropriate to wear more casually. This is where off-white shirts in cream, ecru and other “not-quite-white” tones offer a great solution. 

I like to wear my ecru oxford cloth button-down shirt during the daytime with more relaxed and casual clothing: tweed or cotton jackets, under wool sweaters or just by itself with jeans. 

As an alternative to white, it allows you to use the color without any of the high-contrast and looks more natural against sunlight. This subtle difference gives your wardrobe an alternative to wearing white-collar business shirts with clothing that would be better suited for outside of work. 

It’s for this reason that I think the shirt compliments darker earth tones the best: maroon, olive, browns and tans. But it also works well against navy, as Will proves above. It’s a very pleasing look.

If your daily wardrobe skews toward the casual end, then look into a few shades away from white. It might end up being quite versatile for you. 

-Kiyoshi

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Will of A Suitable Wardrobe with Mark Cho of the Armoury at the Styleforum Showcase

Two of menswear’s sharpest tacks.

abitofcolor:

Will of A Suitable Wardrobe with Mark Cho of the Armoury at the Styleforum Showcase

Two of menswear’s sharpest tacks.

A few of the gentlemen at a recent StyleForum meetup in San Francisco… anchored by our pal Will from A Suitable Wardrobe.  Class acts, folks.

A few of the gentlemen at a recent StyleForum meetup in San Francisco… anchored by our pal Will from A Suitable Wardrobe.  Class acts, folks.

All I Want For Christmas: Will Boehlke of A Suitable Wardrobe

In this continuing series, we ask men we like what they wish they could get for Christmas.

Will Boehlke is the proprietor of A Suitable Wardrobe, one of the internet’s finest blogs about men’s tailored clothing.  He frequently blogs about the clothes he bespeaks, and often sells them himself.  So what does Will want for Christmas?

"All I want for Christmas is a pair of Tiffany’s knot cuff links in 18k gold. Classic, great looking, and entirely out of my price range.”

Tiffany Knot Cuff Links - $1,750 at Tiffany’s