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How Many Men's Dress Shirts Do You Really Need?

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How many dress shirts should a gentleman really have? https://gentl.mn/how-many-dress-shirts-do-you-need You can shop the accessories in this video here: https://gentl.mn/2BwuXrM #dressshirts #mensshirts #notsponsored 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. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Want to stay updated? Sign up here for free: https://gentl.mn/2nTpDEZ Want to see more videos? Subscribe to our channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/thegentlemansgazette --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gentleman's Gazette https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/ https://gentl.mn/2BwuXrM Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gentlemansgazette FREE EBOOK: https://gentl.mn/2nTpDEZ
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Andrew Martin (23 days ago)
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!
Matthew Mangiaracina (6 days ago)
1:11 tho
Haidar E (7 days ago)
Can someone please tell me if it is proper or appropriate to dart box pleat shirts?? I would very much appreciate it!
countyon (10 days ago)
Washing in a bag!? sounds amazing! Tell me more!
Owen Henderson (14 days ago)
For me about 28 dress shirts works
Paul Smith (14 days ago)
This dude and Frazier Crane would really hit it off
Mr. Mickey (16 days ago)
I wish I had more than 4. But I really can't afford it right now with a Portuguese salary. Love your channel.
Unklwigz (17 days ago)
I disagree that it’s ok to wear a shirt that’s frayed at the collar and cuffs.
Sumedh Joshi (17 days ago)
Sven looks like what G-Eazy would like in his 40s
Mandeep Baweja (18 days ago)
Rapheal is the real Gentleman!!!!!! Hands Down the best dressing man I have ever seen.
Miss Sorrow (19 days ago)
Good afternoon Sven, thank you for teaching us all these tops, Sven, Can you please make a video about how to be a lady these days, if there’re gentlemen there should be ladies too .
John Martindale (19 days ago)
Wow, a little over the top with 75. Of course, it all depends on your needs. There are so many collars, cuffs, colors and styles. Thanks for your great channel and content!
Mark Channel (19 days ago)
Sven I am desperate: I need red yellow violet green very fitted shirts with spread collars and I am unable to find a place in London where to buy them. Do you have any suggestions?!
Filigree Jaguar (19 days ago)
What is the make and model of the classic car?
Mehdi Hazgal (19 days ago)
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
Michael Patterson (20 days ago)
Hey Rafael. Would you please do a video of your sweater collection?
Michael Anthony (20 days ago)
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.
Max Dodson (20 days ago)
You should do a video about hairstyles
minafouad78 (20 days ago)
My favorite classic shirt have a cataway collar and cufflinks..
William Stivelman (20 days ago)
Really nice presentation. I felt right at home in terms of the breadth and depth of your collection. Mine varies minimally from yours. Does that mean we're both nuts? I think not.
TheMixedPrince (20 days ago)
Propercloth is a good online site for shirts and custom shirts of alot of variety
Matthew Lane (20 days ago)
Love your videos! How often do you upload
john sullivan (21 days ago)
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
Jason Lee (21 days ago)
The detail at 1:31 was awesome in 4K
MultiMrMiles (21 days ago)
pastel colours are underrated, also many forget a light pink/ washed pink is an ultimate classic color for menswear, pastel can be awesome
stephen legg (21 days ago)
Should a gentleman always wear a singlet.
Cudahy 1960 (21 days ago)
You cant compare an old rug to an old frayed shirt, throw the shirt out a replace it. Agree or disagree?
Cudahy 1960 (21 days ago)
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.
Jamesthacoolcat99 (21 days ago)
I am somewhere around 40 to 50 shirts. Mostly vintage, which is my price range.
CatatonicBug (22 days ago)
A denim shirt? Really? Are we going back to the '80s now? Hopefully, you have some boots and a Stetson to go with it.
Imran Haque (22 days ago)
what about pants?
anythingbutpriscilla (22 days ago)
Thank you for the guide!
Harry Brown (22 days ago)
How do you keep your white dress-shirts polar-white? Dresses case?
CatatonicBug (22 days ago)
Bleach. Every time.
esa marila (22 days ago)
answer to the question: zero
i don`t think i have 60 articles of clothing including socks :))
shuraim27 (22 days ago)
Any suggestions for a german shirtmaker??
captain0ldy0da (22 days ago)
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.
Grand Slam (22 days ago)
hey you forgot . welcome back to the gentleman's Gazette!
S Tra (22 days ago)
Everyone knows that the number of shirts you need is 3.14.
CatatonicBug (22 days ago)
No, that's the number of pies you need.
Throden Day (22 days ago)
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? Thanks!
CatatonicBug (22 days ago)
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.
Saul Moran (22 days ago)
What do you thing of the Hanger Project?
Joey Braghieri (22 days ago)
You should expand Fort Belvedere by adding dress shirts.
Rich Mitch (22 days ago)
How to deal with man flu like a gentleman? *gentleman flu*
allie44 (22 days ago)
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...
Michael Patterson (20 days ago)
allie44 you might consider Winchester shirts if you like solid but want to spice it up a little bit. :-)
Alex Todd (22 days ago)
Why don't you wear undershirts? I find they protect my shirts well, extending their lives longer than without.
SPNKr (14 days ago)
Hiding the nipples for jacketless dressing is necessary. Personally, I'd wear one 80-90% of the time with any shirt especially if my aim is to dress up, not down.
accountnamewithheld (22 days ago)
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!
Waltski (22 days ago)
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.
Galahad (22 days ago)
You need 19 white shirts and one blue shirt. I’m kidding
GENZ (22 days ago)
You have some of the sexiest legs I have ever seen.
Any idea why small holes and tears appear in the body of the shirt? I’ve been having this problem recently.
Teracerus Seferinis (22 days ago)
moths maybe?
Aireney Kirkendoll (22 days ago)
I haven’t counted but I would Imagine have close to 60 as well
Raccoon (22 days ago)
*I WEAR A WIFEBEATER WITH MY SUITPANTS*
countyon (10 days ago)
With suspenders? While smoking a stogie? Dad?
Josh Peters (22 days ago)
Sven, this video is 10/10!
Gentleman's Gazette (22 days ago)
Thank you!
Michael Powell (22 days ago)
At 06:55, is that Arnold Schwartzenegger?
Michael Powell (22 days ago)
Winchester shirts. I've had a few colored shirts with white colors, but I never knew there was a name for them,. Thanx!!
Mark (22 days ago)
What is that cream cable knit cardigan you're wearing with the green check shirt?
Dakota Hampton (22 days ago)
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?
pdude1911 (22 days ago)
Nice video! I wear a dress shirt with a jacket to work daily, and currently have about 8 in my rotation. Most of them white or light blue, all of them with French cuffs. Need more cufflinks, I only have two pair :-) I'm saving my single cuffed dress shirts for when it gets really cold outside, and will wear them under a pullover plus jacket.
Gehan Dharmagunarathne (22 days ago)
Hi Raphael, awesome video as always, well informative. By the way, when did you visit Sri Lanka? And how was your stay there?
TheSimonsse (22 days ago)
you really deserve more subscribers ! you are providing us very high quality content and its always a pleasure!
Jon Stern (22 days ago)
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)
Rev. James C (22 days ago)
I have four quality dress shirts. I don’t feel like I have too few. I wear them two or three days a week.
Rev. James C (22 days ago)
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.
CatatonicBug (22 days ago)
It looks bad to repeat your wardrobe, and it wears out your clothes faster.
Rev. James C (22 days ago)
I currently wear the same shirt roughly once every two weeks. Why should I stop doing this?
CatatonicBug (22 days ago)
You don't want to wear the same shirt twice in two weeks, minimum. Once a month is better.
Max Nysom (22 days ago)
Nice video, man! Where would you recommend looking for dress shirts? I discovered Tie Bar, but Im not sure if it is a good place for buying dress shirts. Any tips or recommendations? 🤔
CatatonicBug (22 days ago)
Try thrift stores! $3 for a dress shirt, $7 for dress pants or $9 for a jacket. Once you have a bigger budget, check out The Tailor Store.
Max Nysom (22 days ago)
Im a student btw not the biggest budget 😅
jackie wong (22 days ago)
60 to 70 you don't consider too much? Well... you should tell my wife.
Linus Carlsson (22 days ago)
Those trousers are great! Currently waiting for a similar pair from luxire
Clint W (22 days ago)
1 hour closet tour time
SPNKr (15 days ago)
2 hours.
Roberts Ozols (22 days ago)
So how old is that particular shirt you got from that elderly man?
TukmanPC (22 days ago)
”#Notsponsored” now that’s a new one
Gentleman's Gazette (22 days ago)
99% of our videos are #notsponsored The only thing that changed is that youtube shows it now but they didn't before.
Oneplayer90 (22 days ago)
How does my shirt protect from sweat?
CatatonicBug (22 days ago)
If your body destroys shirts that quickly, a combination of better quality shirts and an undershirt might be a good idea.
Oneplayer90 (22 days ago)
thanks. Im also using my shirt as underwear, i just feel that my sweat or the deodorant roll on destroy the shirt. I have to throw them out after a couple of months :/
CatatonicBug (22 days ago)
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.
August Roesen (22 days ago)
Can you do one single video about teens (15-20) that want to dress more formaly?
ingrid (22 days ago)
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
qarhsi (23 days ago)
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!
qarhsi (20 days ago)
+CatatonicBug yes you are right ofc. What I am saying is too much bleach can also cause the whole shirt to have a yellowish tint over time.
CatatonicBug (21 days ago)
Bleach prevents yellowing. Yes, it is rough on the fabric, but so are the stains. It is worth having a bright white shirt for a couple of years instead of a stained shirt for 3-5 years.
qarhsi (22 days ago)
+CatatonicBug thanks but if you keep bleaching, you'll damage the fabric. And bleaching over time will cause the fabric to turn yellow in the long run.
CatatonicBug (22 days ago)
If it is white, always bleach it. Every time you wash. Socks, shirts, underwear, towels... Anything that is white should be bleached.
Akhil Singh (23 days ago)
Only guy to give every detail one would ever need. just like a Gentleman!
Xxan (23 days ago)
there is no such thing as too many ;) but I would love to see some videos on storage of various garments
Sebinator007 (23 days ago)
Very good videos as always! I would like to see you recommending dress shirt brands for different price ranges next!
bigwingedkuriboh (23 days ago)
I love that shirt
Hey Sven I always love your videos I love how you base them on traditional men’s style and not on modern skinny/slim fit style garbage like many other men’s style experts
Lauren Henns (23 days ago)
Jakob Sings the Classics 1914 this channel is for flabby old men
William Ormiston (23 days ago)
this is my favourite video yet always great quality gentleman's gazette
v a i n (23 days ago)
What would you say is a temperature where dressing down into a polo is a must? Schöne Grüße Herr Schneider! :)
Gentleman's Gazette (23 days ago)
It hugely depends on the humidity level ;)
willem dafaq (23 days ago)
Favorite my comment please
Gentleman's Gazette (23 days ago)
make it worthy of being a favorite ;)
Victor Johansson (23 days ago)
When will the second part of the eyeglas series be uploaded? Im wondering because Im thinking of getting a new pair.
Victor Johansson (22 days ago)
+Gentleman's Gazette Ok thanks😀
Gentleman's Gazette (23 days ago)
next week
Munozl360 (23 days ago)
Would you do a video on how to do laundry? How do you know when something should be dry cleaned instead of washed? Thanks!
Gentleman's Gazette (23 days ago)
good idea
Todd C Wolf (23 days ago)
I greatly appreciate your videos. I had just found your channel last week and I've gained a wealth of knowledge from your videos. Thank you.
Davi (23 days ago)
Uh, well: As someone working in Law, my closet contains a boring rainbow of blue shades 😅
Matthew Marroquin (23 days ago)
Was that Mustang a ‘65 or ‘66?
Ami Ami (23 days ago)
'I retire some shirts' is this guy real or is this a comedy character? 😂
Edgar Jimenez (23 days ago)
only a gentleman will understand such things.
Riz Kler (23 days ago)
Learning so much THANKS!
Luc Tervoort (23 days ago)
Just the video I was looking for!
TheAllSeeingDream (23 days ago)
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!
Gentleman's Gazette (23 days ago)
It's a very vintage style
Speedsk8r (23 days ago)
Always dapper he is👈🏾
Dejan (23 days ago)
Really nice video! Would you a video about bowler hats please? Grüße aus Franken
Gentleman's Gazette (23 days ago)
Maybe, we put it on the list
Beth Johnstone (23 days ago)
Please teach my husband to iron!
Gentleman's Gazette (23 days ago)
We already did: https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/ironing-essentials-guide/?utm_campaign=social-lead-gen&utm_medium=video&utm_source=youtube&utm_content=how-many-dress-shirts-do-you-need&utm_term=youtube-comment
I tend to find I always need one more than I already have!
e usana (23 days ago)
60??? WE NEED THAT CLOSET TOUR ASAP. THE ROOM MUST BE LARGER THAN MY HOUSE LOL
Ludvik Sæther (15 days ago)
what in the world
Ematched (22 days ago)
+Gentleman's Gazette man, that means it's worse/better than we imagined!
Gentleman's Gazette (23 days ago)
We are redoing our closet, so you have to be patient for a while as we might have to reinforce the floor due to weight issues...
texas_ chainsaw_ 3D (23 days ago)
👍👍👍👍
Rauf (23 days ago)
Notification Squad, assemble
DeadlyEye (23 days ago)
Blog guys always on top

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