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FIVE WAYS TO WEAR A SHIRT WELL

26.04.16

If shirts only occupy a place in your workwear wardrobe, this season we urge you to reconsider this simple - yet surprisingly versatile - staple. There'll always be a special place in our hearts for the white work shirt that just works every time (excuse the pun), but right now shirts boast many more qualities than just being a solid choice for wearing beneath a suit. 2016 is the year that the shirt got less serious and more stylish. What does that mean for you? Well, chiefly it means that when it comes to shirts, you've got much more choice. There's a catch though. Whereas you can rely on a white work shirt not to cause sartorial consternation, SS16's crop of shirts can be a little more tricky to master. Here are the five shirts you should stand up and take notice of and the savviest ways to wear them. We've got summer style buttoned up.

WEAR A CHAMBRAY SHIRT WITH BLUE TONES

No, it's not simply a denim shirt with a fancy name, the navy chambray shirt is your way to button up for the year's hottest months without breaking a sweat.

How should you wear? Pair yours with shades of blue for a tonal take on spring/summer dressing that's conservative but cool.

WEAR A CUBAN COLLAR SHIRT WITH A SUIT

If you're not familiar with the Cuban collar shirt, it's time to make a new wardrobe acquaintance. Distinguishable by its notched, splayed collar, this shirt may have origins which span back decades, but modern incarnations feel contemporary as can be.

The Cuban collar shirt may be most at home worn with a pair of shorts and driving shoes, but we suggest smartening things up a little this season by wearing yours with a suit.

WEAR A LINEN SHIRT WITH MORE LINEN

Linen shirts have been too long relegated to holiday wardrobes for far flung destinations, when it actual fact they're extremely practical for wearing closer to home when days get hot and humid.

Aside from linen's obvious heat-beating merits, the fabric's lightly streaked weave has more recently been piquing our interest. Capitalise on the linen shirt's subtle textural charms by layering yours under a linen blazer. Twice the style, half of the discomfort.

WEAR A SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT IN PRINT

A short sleeve shirt is notoriously tricky to master. More often than not erring into teacher-during-summer territory, the design should be approached with a reasonable degree of caution. Get it right though, and you'll stay cool while looking stylish.

Take your short sleeve shirt printed and make sure that each sleeve fits snugly (but not too snugly). If you're not blessed with gym-honed biceps, simply roll each sleeve gently upwards to streamline around each of your arms.

WEAR A GRANDAD COLLAR SHIRT LAYERED

There's no doubt that the grandad collar shirt is one of this year's smartest shirt investments, but the design's plus points reach far further than the style simply looking sharp.

It's the perfect companion for those in-between days when the weather seemingly refuses to make up its mind. Layer a grandad collar shirt open over a T-shirt when the sun shines, but when the rays retract fasten for an equally aesthetically pleasing outfit.