Button It Up, Boys

Every man should have both a blue and a white button-down shirt in his closet, but don’t forget your collar and cuff knowledge: A button-down collar is great for any occasion, and should be paired with a simple barrel cuff (it’s the most common and easiest to style). For more formal events (yes, that includes your buddy’s wedding), opt for a spread collar coupled with special cuff links and French cuffs – it’s a guaranteed show-stealer.


  • Look for 100% cotton for the best durability and comfort.
  • Try Oxford cloth for your day-to-day shirts – it’s a sturdier cotton weave that will stay in tip-top shape longer.
  • Not wearing a blazer? Keep your look carefree and casual (but still put-together) by tidily rolling up your sleeves.
  • Though blue and white are closet staples, make sure to mix it up with a few bright colors and patterns. Just because you’re buttoned-up doesn’t mean you have to look like a square.


By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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October 30, 2012