An Enduring Wardrobe Essential: The Classic White Shirt

21 Apr 2015

Simple it may be but the classic white shirt remains the most transformative item of clothing a man can own. Crisp, business-minded and buttoned to the collar, or softly-tailored and sheer with a low Mandarin, the white shirt comes in many guises - and all are indispensable.

Cock & Bull & Co. take the white shirt to its logical conclusion with an ethical, sustainable approach to statement dressing. By no means a throw-away item, the white shirt has long had heirloom status and there’s no better way to invest in this essential item than in the form of a handmade, durable dress shirt. For inspiration on how to spin this wardrobe staple multiple ways, we have put together a Pinterest Board: A Simple white Shirt to illustrate how good a white shirt looks on various well-heeled gentlemen, including Britain’s very own Idris Elba who has come to epitomise everyday elegance in unbuttoned shirts, sharp suits and loafers - proof of how an item considered formal can be carried off with ease. You may not be blessed with his kind eyes, peppered hair or wholesome charm but the addition of a dapper shirt can transport any man from ordinary to elegant.

On the other end of the style spectrum, there’s a devil-may-care bohemian approach that takes into consideration a more free-spirited feel. Infused with a subtle ethnic flavour, these shirts work well rolled up at the cuffs, untucked, unbuttoned and draped just so. David Beckham has been known to pair this kind of shirt with a casual beanie or belted khakis. Johnny Depp adds artisanal pendants, silver rings and one-of-kind market finds to echo the eclectic mood he’s made his calling card. If going this route, make sure the end result is relaxed rather than rumpled!

Versatility is the name of this game and the white shirt is an incredible multitasker. Cock & Bull's version of this menswear mainstay, will be arriving very soon as a new edition to our repertoire that falls in line with a long tradition of British tailoring, sustainability and well-made, season-less pieces.

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