Not all shirts are created equal. This season, we’re rolling up our sleeves and rocking checks, textured prints and statement colours.
We have you covered for everything you need to know about shirt styles, from summer shirts through to autumn men’s shirts options. POLITIX has been around since the dawn of parachute pants and double denim. When mullets were long and Dad Jeans were out in full force.
A lot has changed since the early 1980s—we moved on from Power Suits and shoulder pads, for one thing—but good shirting will never go out of style. Guys will always need to know how to pick the right shirt for the right occasion.
Do you roll with patterns and textures? Classic white or statement colours? Is this shirt for dates, weddings or job interviews? (Pro tip: ‘All three’ is not the correct answer.)
This autumn we’re taking a deep dive into the history of POLITIX shirting and pulling out some of our classic styles. This is our Archive Range: tried and tested designs that we’ve dragged into the present day. No mullet required.
The Humble Check Shirt
They’ve been around for what feels like centuries, and let’s face it, there are plenty out there. But finding the right check shirt shouldn’t be hard.
For the POLITIX Archive, we’ve pulled out classic patterns that won’t date over time. These checks add interest to your outfit. They’re made from comfortable fabric that sits perfectly tucked in, with or without a tie (thanks to handy hidden buttons in the collar).
Take the Chelsea LS shirt. We’ve updated the classic gingham check by blending it with cotton stretch fabric and a slim silhouette.
This means you’ve got the comfort of added stretch with the tailored look of a slim-cut. The collar is extra soft, too, so it won’t dig into the skin when you’re wearing a tie.
The Chelsea is an all-time staple that you should always have on rotation. It’s the Negroni of business shirts.
We’ve also relaunched our windowpane Kings LS Shirt. Super-fine lines make this windowpane slightly softer, and it’s versatile enough to wear with any suit or blazer. You can rock this guy with a tie, for a casual business look, or layer it with knitwear and a utility jacket, for more of an off-duty vibe.
The Politix Polka Dot
Don’t be intimidated by polka dots. They’re not just for kids’ TV presenters. Sometimes you need to look sharp from a distance, but fun up-close. And nothing screams personality like a subtle polka pattern.
We like to keep this style simple—less is definitely more when it comes to polka dot shirts. So we’ve re-introduced our Archive Polka Dot Domaso LS.
With a soft, textured fabric and two available colours, it’s got plenty of visual interest. But it’s clean and simple enough to wear with almost anything. From Friday date nights to Monday meetings, all you have to do is set the mood with the rest of your outfit.
For a relaxed day-to-day look, match with coloured chinos and simple white sneakers. The polka dots really knock the starch out of the shirt, but the cut is still sharp. For a more formal take, pair this guy with a textured blazer and brown loafers. One last tip: never match polka dots with suspenders. People will assume you’re a street performer.
When white just won’t cut it
Every guy loves a bright white shirt. They’re crisp, classic and they match with everything. But keeping those collars clean is a pain, and it’s worth branching out from time to time, especially if you’re caught in a monochrome loop.
The Eddison LS Shirt is one of our favourite pieces in the POLITIX Archive. With high-shine, cotton-stretch fabric, it adds that touch of sophistication and personality, without sacrificing comfort.
First rule of shirting: you need to be able to move your arms.
The Eddison is available in white, navy and black, but this season is all about tonal dressing. We’re opening the colour box and launching fresh shades that will match with blazers, chinos and tailored jackets. If in doubt, try khaki, smoke blue or dusty pink. Just make sure to colour-match your tie: dark with dark, blues with blues.
The Extra Texture
Textured shirts have been around for a while. We’re suckers for a subtle houndstooth or geo-texture shirt. It’s an easy way to add visual interest without cranking the dial too far.
Our Liverpool LS Shirt has cemented itself as the chameleon of the POLITIX Archive. Honestly, you can wear this shirt with anything. One minute you’re off to a wedding, the next you’re in front of the boss, trying to remember your Power Point notes.
The Liverpool is the exception to the rule that each shirt fulfills a specific function: think of this guy as a generalist. It’s designed in-house by POLITIX designers, and has a unique, super-soft texture, with plenty of stretch. We’ve also added little details, like contrast fabrics on the cuff and satin tape on the centre placket.
You can get the Liverpool in white, navy and a bunch of pastel shades, so it’s easy to colour match. Every guy should have at least one of these hanging in the wardrobe.
The Humble Diamond Geo
When was the last time you got a compliment on your shirt? If you can’t remember, it’s been too long.
For guys who love being the centre of attention, we’ve got the Nossa LS Shirt. It features a vintage diamond geo texture, and comes in crisp white, suave navy or casual khaki.
This particular geo has always been popular, so we had to bring it back for the Archive range. Think of it as the antidote to boring, generic office shirts.
You can wear the Nossa with a tie, but we actually prefer it open-collar. Just throw it under a stretch-knit blazer and you’re good to go.
This article was originally published on POLITIX by Brad Mclennan.
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