Button Up in the Best Menswear Shirts
Showcasing the one to wear and all the styling tips and tricks you’ll need, here’s Off the Cuff, our guide to the shirt of the moment
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If there’s one designer who knows how to make a shirt that’s characterful yet never overstated, sophisticated without feeling too formal, it’s Sir Paul Smith. Take this work-to-weekender as case in point. Cut from super soft cotton, decked in a vibrant floral print he picked personally from the Liberty archive and complete with a sharp point collar (a sophisticated addition, whether buttoned-up or not), it’ll win you compliments wherever you wear it.
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It might be cold outside but that doesn’t mean that you have to pile on so many layers that eventually your shirt becomes swallowed up. Instead, beat the chill (and bend the rules ever so slightly) by wearing this shacket from the artisans at Liberty. Half-way between statement shirt and utilitarian worker’s jacket, wear it over rather than under your jumper and thermals to put everything you know and love about a Liberty shirt (the hand painted print, sharp collar and sophisticated silhouette) back front and centre.
With a sharp point collar and silky soft finish, this standout piece from Dries Van Noten’s latest collection has all the hallmarks you might expect of an expertly tailored, short-sleeve shirt (he is the third generation in a family of tailors, after all). But in true avant-garde style, there’s much more to this mauve shirt than master craftsmanship. Decked in a painterly print of interlaced orchids and tropical foliage, it blurs the boundaries between art and fashion. In fact, it’s almost good enough to frame.
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To stay on your sartorial A-game this coming summer, you’ll want a shirt that’ll keep you cool in every sense, so what about this bright and airy one, fresh from the Liberty design studio? Patterned from collar to cuff in painterly, hand-drawn blooming florals, it comes expertly tailored from pure hemp for a straight and comfy fit. What’s so special about hemp? Aside from being durable, natural and recognised for its sustainable properties, this breathable fabric helps regulate body temperature, so whether you're jetting off to tropical climes or embracing the heat closer to home, it promises to carry you through summer in a breeze.