I know I have said you can have too many clothes. But I take that back where shirts are concerned. The shirt is a triumph of modern life, like the automobile or the web.
It is easy to put on and take off, quick to wash and easy to store. Plus, shirts look great. A man should own as many shirts as he wishes – the more the better.
I personally have so many shirts that I sometimes walk into my closet, pull one out, and think to myself, “Now where did that come from?” Having lots of shirts will allow you to surprise yourself with your own good taste.
Also, you should check out my post: What to look for when buying a shirt.
4 thoughts on “In praise of shirts”
Is there a link for the original article by Luciano?
It is on the label of all his shirts — see photo.
Something I find surprising about shirts, though, is how little they’ve changed in so long. I’m as fashion-blind as the next geek, but I still wonder about the persistence of the basic design for shirts. Especially the collar, actually. Sure, they’ve changed in length and shape. But why haven’t they varied more? Apart from their use with ties, why are they so indistinctive?
In fact, I tend not to like dress shirt collars that much. I prefer “mandarin” (“Nehru”, “Mao”…) collars.
Of course, I may be way off. Maybe designers find shirt collars to be an amazingly innovative part of menswear. Of course, Wikipedia articles on shirts and collars have mentions of several styles and such. But it still sounds like something relatively static, in fashion history.
I know what you are saying but frankly I am just a purist when it comes to collars 🙂 one of those things about getting old.
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