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DRESS SHIRTS: A TALE OF TWO FABRICS

Fit and collar are important, but when it comes to dress shirts, the fabric is what makes for a truly great garment. Which is why we’ve put so much time into getting the very best cloth around for our dress shirts. Essentially, you have two choices: Wrinkle-Free or Italian cotton. And both are spectacular. Here’s the skinny to help you choose the best shirt for your needs:

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TIE ONE ON RIGHT: A QUICK GUIDE TO NECKTIE PAIRING

You slept straight through the first alarm. You hit “SLEEP” through the next ten. And now you have only seconds to pick out the perfect necktie and shirt combo for that big nine o’clock presentation.
 
A nightmare scenario? No, not necessarily. True, you probably didn’t need that fourth pint, or the fifth for that matter, but no use crying over spilled stout. The most important thing is nailing that neck wear in a timely fashion.
 
So here are some tips to make it easy:

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THE WEEKENDER: IMPROV EDITION
This week was all about improvisers — old and new. Here are the links that got us talking at Bonobos HQ.The Legend: Remembering Harold Ramis, the man behind our favorite comediesThe Clip: Rewatching the film that never gets oldThe Links: The best pants for playing throughThe New Guard: Staying up late for Seth MeyersThe Prints: New shirts with real personalityThe Book: Taking a page out of the improv manual High-res

THE WEEKENDER: IMPROV EDITION

This week was all about improvisers — old and new. Here are the links that got us talking at Bonobos HQ.

The Legend: Remembering Harold Ramis, the man behind our favorite comedies

The Clip: Rewatching the film that never gets old

The Links: The best pants for playing through

The New Guard: Staying up late for Seth Meyers

The Prints: New shirts with real personality

The Book: Taking a page out of the improv manual

ON WHITE SHIRTS
Guest written by Sean Hotchkiss
A rather nomadic photographer friend of mine once told me he’d always carry a clean, white, dress shirt in his backpack because he never knew who might invite him to dinner. Lovely advice, but not why I prefer white shirts. Jon Hamm as Don Draper taught us that a crisp white dress shirt could hide nearly every sin imaginable. A benefit, surely, but again not my reasoning.
I favor white dress shirts because they’re the very essence of what a shirt should be: a pristine canvas waiting to be interpreted by a colorful tie or a tweedy sports jacket. You see, a white shirt takes the guesswork out of clothing oneself each day — an attribute to strive for as one gets older and schedules become more complex. As a young intern I’d often get dressed in the dark, as not to wake my roommate, and a white shirt was the only base that ensured my suit would always work. White shirts are as simple as can be. They remove human error. I take mine in the Milanese fashion, with a high spread collar and trim proportions, and I buy them in pairs so I’m never without one. They jive with every single other piece of clothing I own. Nestled under a denim jacket, a white shirt is a sliver of refinement in an otherwise rugged look; paired with a black bowtie a white spread collar dress shirt is formal ready (without the need for studs). Did you know the very first “modern” Edwardian dress shirts were white? Now you do.
Whenever I wear a white dress shirt, someone stops me to say: “you look tan, were you just on vacation?” or “Are you doing SoulCycle?” No. I’ve figured out what works for me — plain vanilla. (And proud.) High-res

ON WHITE SHIRTS

Guest written by Sean Hotchkiss

A rather nomadic photographer friend of mine once told me he’d always carry a clean, white, dress shirt in his backpack because he never knew who might invite him to dinner. Lovely advice, but not why I prefer white shirts. Jon Hamm as Don Draper taught us that a crisp white dress shirt could hide nearly every sin imaginable. A benefit, surely, but again not my reasoning.

I favor white dress shirts because they’re the very essence of what a shirt should be: a pristine canvas waiting to be interpreted by a colorful tie or a tweedy sports jacket. You see, a white shirt takes the guesswork out of clothing oneself each day — an attribute to strive for as one gets older and schedules become more complex. As a young intern I’d often get dressed in the dark, as not to wake my roommate, and a white shirt was the only base that ensured my suit would always work. White shirts are as simple as can be. They remove human error. I take mine in the Milanese fashion, with a high spread collar and trim proportions, and I buy them in pairs so I’m never without one. They jive with every single other piece of clothing I own. Nestled under a denim jacket, a white shirt is a sliver of refinement in an otherwise rugged look; paired with a black bowtie a white spread collar dress shirt is formal ready (without the need for studs). Did you know the very first “modern” Edwardian dress shirts were white? Now you do.

Whenever I wear a white dress shirt, someone stops me to say: “you look tan, were you just on vacation?” or “Are you doing SoulCycle?” No. I’ve figured out what works for me — plain vanilla. (And proud.)

WHAT’S IN A COLLAR? MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.

We’ve discussed the three distinct fits we offer in dress shirts, but now it’s time to talk turkey. And by “turkey,” we mean “collars.” Yes, that strip of under-appreciated fabric that rests right below our chins. Because even though we might not give it much thought, it does actually say something about us. Here are the three collar options available at Bonobos, and a little bit of background on each.

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