The men’s white shirt is a wardrobe essential.   The key to enduring style is by adding timeless classics to your wardrobe. The brightness of white is crisp and clean and a freshly ironed shirt made in pure cotton fabric is particularly engaging.

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BUSINESS suits in navy or dark grey with a white business shirt provide the perfect background for coloured neckties that project your personality. We recommend pure cotton fabrics including smooth poplin, herringbone, twill and oxford. Classic medium width collars are today’s norm while buttoned cuffs and French cuffs are equally popular. If you rarely wear a tie, try a buttoned-down collar on your white shirt for perfect business casual style.

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FORMAL occasions such as weddings and award nights require a formal white shirt. Bow ties may be worn with classic or wing collar depending on the dress code. Try a white dress shirt with black buttons on a plain front French placket for effortless elegance in crisp poplin fabric. It’s a comfortable secure choice. Many other beautiful fabrics are available with fine textured patterns – checks, geometrics, diamonds, chess board, chevrons – perfect for a custom made white shirt. Pair with a well cut black dinner suit, tuxedo or black lounge suit in fine pure wool.

CASUAL white dress shirts are often made with oxford fabric that’s textured, durable and easy care. If you prefer a smoother style try a fine twill or broadcloth. Classic collars with light-weight interlinings add softness while button-down collars can stay neater, longer. Wear with denim jeans, chino or khaki trousers and jacket or blazer for warmth.


When deciding on your white shirt design, whether or not a slim fit white shirt is your style, try and keep the cut as trim and neat as possible to avoid creasing, especially when worn under a dinner suit.

If you don't feel confident wearing stark white then consider black and white shirt variations including fine graph checks and black and white striped patterns. This combination can still include the crispness of white that makes it so popular, especially when the black stripes are thinner than the white. Other sought after combinations include red and white striped shirts, blue shirt white collar and cuffs, and stripes in colours including pinks, lilacs, purple and sophisticated chocolate browns.   Our black and white shirting fabric library includes hundreds of fabrics in different colours and combinations that we offer for made to measure and custom made shirts.


To ensure the best quality shirts, start by asking about the pure cotton yarns used when weaving the fabrics. Double twisted (two fold) tend to be stronger and softer but the newly developed compact yarns are increasingly popular. There are many points of difference on a quality made shirt including collar and cuff construction, quality fused interlinings, single needle stitching and French seams for strength. Be discerning, pay a little more for the best quality and pefect fit, and you’ll be rewarded with a longer lasting shirt.


For further information and to discuss how we can provide you with the perfect black and white shirts, please contact us by email or telephone.  We look forward to assisting you.

Posted by Andrew Dobson on 16th October, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
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