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Whereas last week’s Style Pick post covered the very well-made (and very expensive) Boiled Wool Sweatpant from Apolis, this week’s Style Pick takes things in a more classic — and dressier — direction. As you head toward wedding season (or even just return to throwing on more suits now that summer’s winding down), hardworking basics are going to be your best friend. That’s especially true of the classic (and more and more underrated) white dress shirt. The team at Standard Shirt passed along one of its, well, standard shirts for review, and I had the chance to test-drive it during a Michigan wedding. The quality is to be applauded, and it presents a great argument for wearing a crisp white dress shirt more often. The company aims to make the best dress shirt in your closet, and its focus on doing that is exceptionally tight — they offer just two shirt styles, both in crisp white. Founded by three friends in New York City, the company’s singular focus is reflected in its partnership with an expert textile industry insider in Seoul, Korea and the shirts definitely represent that focus. One features a cutaway collar, while the other features a standard (that word keeps coming up) spread collar. And for only $59, this shirt can give those other, pricier options in your closet a run for their money.
In addition to that noticeable and welcome price differential, a few other key things jump out about the Spread Collar option from Standard Shirt. It’s got a wider collar than many other dress shirts on the market right now that I’ve encountered — I was a bit hesitant to try this style out at first, but it’s a positive. It complemented my tailored yet not overly trim suit (plus the slightly more traditional break on my suit pants). The wider collar also helped the collar of the shirt hold its shape better even with a tie, and it created a pretty pleasing visual effect — no slim collars a la One Direction here. And it’s part of a swing back to more classic tailoring in the broader menswear world — trim cuts, but not severely skinny, seem to be coming back; just look at the type of dress shirts that James Bond will wear in SPECTRE. There’s still something to be said for keeping everything in proportion — that means your lapels should be the same width as your tie, which should be the same width as your shirt collar. That means this shirt in particular gives wider lapels and a thicker tie knot some more strength and visual heft — a definite positive when rocking some strong tailoring. This is the type of shirt that would do well with V-neck sweaters and even on its own under a suit. At $59, picking up one or two could leave you set for white shirts for a while — and if you should find you like it so much that you want more from them? Well, you can pick up any style you want — as long as it’s white! You won’t regret it.
How often do you wear a classic white dress shirt? Any experience with Standard Shirt?