Whether you’re a young executive or a well-established professional, then the gingham check shirt is an essential wardrobe staple. This check style has made a powerful return to fashion in the last few years. And the reason for so much success? Its versatility.
The French call it “Vichy”, after the town where it was first created: a series of small and usually coloured squares on a white background. The size of the squares usually decides the use: the larger squares are more for casual, friendly-style clothing, while the smaller squares can create an almost solid colour cloth that can be used for more business-like, formal wear.
Gingham men’s shirts also pair well with patterned ties. The must have: a knitted tie in jersey, in a plain shade or with a few details or geometric patterns, for stand-out style and elegance. And the golden rule? Combine opposites, as long as you use different sizes. So go for ties with wide diagonals over small checks or – if your aim is a bolder look – choose a check tie, but with a much larger design than the shirt, and with a diagonal pattern.
For an office outfit, these men’s shirts are perfect with jersey jackets and therefore, in a deconstructed fabric that’s easy to wear. If the trousers are classic style with darts, then this outfit is perfect for meetings and appointments, while younger-looking trousers, maybe with a pattern along summer lines, will add a more carefree touch that can be ideal for a casual Friday or in a smart, unconventional office setting.
Top tip for spring? Casual fabrics like jersey and gingham checks for a style that leaves pinstripes behind, but which still manages to look very professional because you can be serious in the workplace without being staid.
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