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So as a general guideline, how many shirts should you invest in when you're starting out and you're interested in a classic wardrobe?
I would say ten is the bare minimum.
so first of all the basics, I think every man should invest in ten dress shirts if they have somewhat of a use for dress shirts on a regular basis and you can check out which first those are in this video here. If you wear shirts to the office 10 is actually the bare minimum. I suggest having more like a three or four-week rotation which means 15 or 20 dress shirts.
Personally, I'm a big fan of pastel-colored shirts, light greens, or lavender, or yellow, but typically that's something you should add on top of the ten basics.
If you don't have to wear a dress shirt to work and you don't like wearing dress shirts, I suggest you have at least three dress shirts that you can always rely on. One is a white dress shirt ideally with French cuffs for cufflinks without a chest pocket and it's something that you can wear for anything from a job interview to a funeral to a wedding or any kind of other formal events. If you don't have cufflinks or you don't want to invest money in them, go with a single barrel cuff which is also known as a button cuff. If you want to invest in cufflinks I would suggest you get one pair in gold and one pair in silver in a very traditional style without any diamonds or colored stones. Personally, I would choose a monkey fist knot cufflink because they're versatile, they're classic, and it's something you could wear with any kind of outfit. If you know that you attend black-tie events sometimes it also pays to invest in a tuxedo shirt.
The second must-have dress shirt you need even if you hardly ever wear dress shirts is a check shirt. Ideally, you get it with a button-down collar because it's more casual and you don't need to wear it with any form of neckwear and for that, you definitely want to have barrel cuffs or button cuffs and you can also have a chest pocket if you want.
The third shirt I think you should invest in is a denim shirt because it can really help to dress down other things, you don't have to iron it, it's something that is popular right now, and has been popular for the last few years. It's soft, it's hard wearing, and it's something that works well in the wardrobe.
On the other hand, if you're a collector, a classic menswear enthusiast or simply a clothes horse, the sky is really the limit. Obviously, that's me and you can have just 10 shirts that are all in white but they can have different cuff styles, different collar styles, different weaves, different front plackets, different buttons, and all those little details make the shirts different and suited for different occasions. Of course, at this point, storage can be a challenge and basically, you can fold them and put them in drawers but I find that it takes up a lot of drawers and so I hang all of my shirts on specific shirt hangers that are not too wide so they don't take up too much space in my wardrobe. Personally, I use the ones from Butler luxury which served me quite well and match my much wider suit hangers.
So once you have all the basics covered, I suggest you go with pastel colors. Pastel pink, pastel lavender, green, you can have other shades that are combining those colors and just play with things. One color that's really underrated in men's dress shirts, in my opinion, is a subtle green. You can also add different kinds of patterns such as maybe a small houndstooth shirt or maybe a horizontal striped shirt or maybe stripes in an unusual color such as this one in kind of a light charcoal and yellow.
Of course, you can also experiment with different fabrics and different weights as well as finishes and on top of that, playing with a collar shape is probably the detail that has the biggest impact because it defines the V shapes and the triangles that lead to your face.
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Another good one, Sven! I had one white dress shirt for 15 years or so. Hardly wore it. In the past year I've built up quite a respectable dress shirt collection of about 25. The first, and still best, advice started with your videos. Thanks again!
Hello , sir , Sven
I wanna thank you for the amazing tips and cool ideas
I live in Morocco , i come from a culture that doesn't understand the idea of dressing well , I find problems with others , it seems that I have to justify myself for wearing a suit . I hope my people understand someday the idea of dressing well
Will you make, or recommend, a video describing the best way to store your wardrobe (ie; shirts, ties, jackets, pants, etc.)? Some people fold their shirts, while others hang them. Some people roll their ties, while others hang them. Some people leave their shirts in the plastic from the dry cleaners, while others do not. I have been growing my wardrobe over the last few years and would like to hear your advice on ways to make it last for years to come. Thank you.
white shirts three or five. white shirts don't store and lose that patina of whitness over time if you don't wear them, succumbing to that off white. today I threw a load away today $70 a go. what surprised me though the shirt that had kept its white crispness was a the cheap one the cotton polly mix. what is your rule on white shirts
Very nice dress shirts, but do you ever have them dry cleaned? I only ask because a few of them did not have that nice fresh crisp pressed look, especially the ones you were wearing. I mention this because you appear to be the type of guy who appreciates detail.
I wear detachable collars and cuffs, so I only require ten dress shirts at the minute, but I have about 20 collars and 4 sets of cuffs. I wear very classic clothing, we're talking antiques. Some of my shirts date back to 1890 and before, because they use collars and cuffs the shirts are not worn at all. The only wear they do get is the collar band where the collar is attached to, but that can be replaced very cheaply and the shirt can continue to life on.
Love the video, as always but I have two questions...
1.) What would you recommend for the stains that accrue on the collar from wear?
2.) Where to go, for your first Overcoat for the winter months?
Always pre-treat the shirt collars before washing them - every single time! A few sprays of "Spray 'N Wash" on the collar, and on any other stains, will prevent the "ring around the collar" on dress shirts.
I currently have about 10 or so, all lightweight blends. I live in South Louisiana USA where there is no such thing as seasons... All my shirts are solid colors, I never did like to wear patterns. I do my pattern through sweater vests and ties and i also have a big collection of lapel pins. Two white dress shirts, one casual, and one more formal with french cuffs.
They serve me well. I don't need that many because I am a chef so I spend most of my time in uniforms.
Now the flip side of that is my necktie collection.... I currently have around 350, possibly more... pretty sure its more...
If you find a dress shirt, OCBD or flannel that you like -- buy another! Having 2 of each shirt you !!like!! makes wardrobe management so much easier --- you can wear it again whilst one is in the wash!
Nice video and thank you for the peek into your shirt wardrobe. With autumn arriving, any chance of a view of your entire tweed jacket collection? We've seen some of them but I am curious as to what else you have.
Hey Sven, I consider myself a minimalist so I’ll probably be sticking somewhere in the 10-15 shirt range once I have my job. Is there any particular clothiers you recommend for a good all around quality and price for a persons first 10-15 dress shirts?
Great practical advice.These days I've less need for the conventional light blues so am always on the look out for unusual though still classic colours and designs ( a bit like the one you are wearing in the video - which looks great open necked as it is by the way)
Catatonic, Wearing the same thing once every two weeks... looks bad? Are you taking the p*ss? Look, if you want to play the dandy, wearing an outfit once every month or two, you do it. But leave the rest of us to just improve how we look and get on with our day. Thanks.
It is the protective layer between the skin and a suit jacket. Remember that before the 18th century, what we now call a dress shirt was simply a "shirt" and was considered underwear. The dress shirt soaks up the sweat and oils, and is washable, whereas the jacket isn't cleaned very often at all.
Hey hey Sven are you Swedish? I’ve been enjoying your channel a lot! Thank you! Pls do a men’s gift guide under 50.00. I love the DONT s on your vids they are hysterical! Wow you have 70 dress shirts? Probably like me with my handbag collection ! Great tips and channel tack tack Xo from CA ps how do you tackle
The wring around the collar on dress shirts? You have great style Sven! Also pls advise on how to store wool suits to prevent moth holes? It’s amazing the different quality of cotton dress shirts out there good quality cotton shirts are like silk on the body rather than stiff
Cheap cotton ! What brands of shirts do you prefer? I really love the Mozart era white shirts with the ruffle neck and sleeves but hey Versailles on Netflix is one of my fav shows
this video seems very familiar. did you redo it? :o
Raphael, some of my custom dress shirts are yellowing, even tho i simply hung them in my closet. Please help. I am sure it will help many ppl; not just me. cheers!
Nice video! I would like to ask you, what do you think about walking sticks used in gentleman style? I personally love them! Even though you never see them anymore :(. But i have one and i wear it when i feel confident enough!
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