Do You Have A Blue Striped Shirt?

Sure you do! Almost every guy has this shirt. And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing either, it’s a wardrobe staple. But you don’t want to just have the basics, that would be boring.

Here’s a question from a reader, Paul in the bay area:

Is plaid the new “stripey shirt”? I have two plaid shirts (two colors only. Not a fan of the multicolor hoboish flannel look) and I can never wear them in San Francisco-otherwise I look like all the other dbags…

Ha. This is funny. It’s the worst when you really like a style, yet you hate it because your whole city is flooded with that look. The best way to avoid this is to mix in a few different elements.

So to answer, yes! Get in some plaid and/or checks. These patterns became very popular in the fall, yet to set yourself apart from the multicolored madness, go with a more spring/summer palette. Examples:

J.Hilburn Shirt

J.Hilburn Shirt

Also, if you just aren’t feeling the big patterns, go with gingham! No matter what the shade, there is something about these little checks that feel very fresh. It’s also a great pattern to wear under suits (somewhat unique) and laid back enough to wear with jeans, light colored pants and shorts. (Yes, I did just say that.)

check shirtJ.Hilburn Shirt

Lastly, if you don’t want to abandon stripes all together, I suggest pairing your plaid/check shirt with a horizontal striped sweater, jacket- some type of second layer.

I also really like light plaid suits for spring/summer– but we’ll save that for a different day. 🙂

One more thing, I had no intention of plugging a brand, but this just popped into my head. J.Hilburn only allows X amount of a shirt style per city. So, say a blue striped shirt is widely popular in Boston but not in Denver. The shirt then will be “closed” in Boston but available to the guys in Denver. This prevents thousands of men running around in the same shirt. It also avoids the ‘nice shirt, Banana Republic, right?’ comment.


P.S. Email me if you want to see the new fabrics for spring/summer.

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