In this context, the fun shirt is the perfect companion to an easy jacket and chinos, or an unstructured Games Blazer worn with matching trousers. Why? The clue is in the name: it’s a quirky shirt that makes a statement. It’s suggestive of a man who’s made the conscious choice to wear something different, and who understands how to blend colours and patterns together.
I discovered fun shirts around a year ago, having at first thought them a little challenging (something I suspect a lot of men think when they first come across them). But, having been tempted to treat myself to a needlecord number cut in a chic combination of sky blue, buttery yellow, black and baby pink, I found it surprisingly easy to wear – particularly dressed with a timeless brass-buttoned navy blazer, finished with dark jeans. With the right pieces around it, a fun shirt is expressive and lighthearted, but it doesn’t have to be overpowering.
Once you figure that out, pulling a fun shirt out of your wardrobe in the mornings feels like a naughty treat. It’s one of those rare garments a man can enjoy wearing that shouldn’t work, but absolutely does. And right now, while we’re all self-isolating and social-distancing, there’s a definite psychological benefit to getting dressed in the mornings; preserving those few moments of serenity at the start of your day, when you can enjoy your passion for clothes uninterrupted, before a slew of emails and your home study beckons.