As summer approaches, let us persuade you of the powers of a bright and bold stripe.
In winter, the shirt has something of a thankless task. Invariably buried deep beneath the numerous layers which sit atop it – Shetland wool, tweed, waxed cotton, cashmere – the humble shirt takes on an unglamorous role of pure functionality, seeing very little daylight for the duration of the colder months. For this reason, a man’s shirt choices at this time of year inevitably tend to err on the conservative side: solid colour oxford cloths, fine striped poplins, and washed chambrays.
Once the temperatures begin to rise, however, and those layers are discarded, the shirt slowly emerges once again, reclaiming its central role in one’s outfit. This sudden visibility affords one far more choice, and the ability to be a touch more daring. After all, what good is a jazzy shirt if no one will see it?