Gents, it's happening – Fall (not winter) is coming.
It's time to move away from those summer pastels and linen shirts into something more befitting to the season.
Need help making the right choice? Have no fear – I'm here to help. We're going through 5 men's dress shirt styles you can rock this Fall.
1. Patterns: All About The Checks
Checks are a fantastic go-to pattern for men's dress shirts. They're incredibly versatile, yielding a plethora of variations.
There is a general rule of thumb to consider when shopping checks: the smaller, the more formal. 1/2″-2″ will tend to be more aggressive and thus suited for casual wear. If you find something under 1/2″ or even 1/4″, you've probably got something suited for the office (assuming the colors are subtle as well).
Gingham is probably the quintessential check pattern – used in shirts and ties alike. In some instances, you might even find subtle iterations on sport coats. They consist of tight overlapping lines in contrasting colors.
Windowpane patterning is common on casual suits, but it's also acceptable on a dress shirt. My favorite, though, is Prince of Wales.
This is a subtle pattern that hails from English settlers in Scotland – men who designed their own tartan clan patterns to better resemble their Scottish counterparts.
All-in-all, it's all about the checks.
2. Colors – Shades & Hues
Next, we have colors – yes, there IS a difference between hues and shades. According to Cornell University, hue refers to a spectrum of colors. Shades, on the other hand, are specific colors that result from the mixing of other colors. Knowing this can seriously help you in choosing the right shirt!
That being said, you want to look for deeper hues of blue, yellow, orange, and green.
Forest Green, Pumpkin, and Tomato Red are among several rich colors you can go for.
Need more insight into color? I have plenty of info on how to choose a color based on your skin tone.
3. Cotton Flannel
The cool weather is setting in. Flannel's going to be your friend if you're going for a casual and more masculine look.
Flannel is traditionally made with either cotton or wool made into a thicker weave. It makes for a durable fabric that can be suitable for colder climates. During the manufacturing process, it can even be brushed for a more rugged look.
It's great for a guy looking to be elegant with a dash of the outdoors in his look.
You need some texture in a men's dress shirt for the fall, therefore, you'll need twill.
Twill is a weave in which filling threads are passed over each other in such a way that resemble diagonal lines. The weft thread will go over, under, and over the warp in succession. It's woven in a series of diagonal lines called ribs.
A few variations exist; Right Hand and Herringbone are a couple of examples. Regardless of your choices, you'll nail the Fall look.
5. The Oxford Weave
Finally, we have Oxford. It's akin to a basket weave. What makes it unique is the fact that the weft is dyed while the warp stays white. This makes for a lovely overtone of white in the texture.
Using this technique, for instance, makes for a much hardier shirt than most. It's the perfect option for those men's dress shirts you want as your workhorses. I kept it at number 5 because it's tough, it gives a shirt personality, and you can find it in all colors.
Summary – Men's Dress Shirts For Fall
Gentlemen, when it comes to looking great this Autumn, it comes down to deep colors, hardy fabrics, and lots of checks. Need to turn some heads come October? This'll get you there.
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