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A Gentleman's Guide to Shirts: From colorful patterns to powerful simplicity

Shirts are important monikers of first impressions. They symbolize how you feel, your taste and your habits. Whether you’re selecting a button down for a formal event, or just trying to decide on what to wear to the office, it’s essential that you choose pieces that not only fit you, but your character. Of course, a little tailoring never hurts anyone.


Made using only the finest European fabrics, the Franco Negretti line designs exclusive menswear ranging from ready-to-wear shirts to finely tailored pants. Headed by designer and fashion industry veteran Dominique Leneveu, Franco Negretti’s pieces feature intricate detailing making for a structured fit—something that can be difficult to find in contemporary designs. The line, run majorly out of Montreal, also carries a selection of styles ranging from gingham for the more traditional or intricate polka dots for those looking for a more adventurous fit—making it a good go-to brand for those looking for a little individualism. If you’re leaning towards something a little more on the formal side, Hugo Boss offers the plain white button-down, providing the perfect fit for any suit, of any style. Would it be for a Sunday brunch or a more formal setting, you can’t go wrong with a solid white shirt.


Once you’ve figured out how everything is going to work out on top, don’t be shy to accentuate your look with accessories. Hailing from Sweden’s town of Uddevalla, tailors Markus Schwarmann and Hjalmar Nordström founded Tiger of Sweden in 1903, designing everything from suits to ties. The company has quickly turned into a go-to brand for the trendier, more adventurous man—providing gentlemanly accessories worthy of enhancing your formalwear. From cufflinks to bowties, enhancing your outfit with a gist of color or a material opposition.