I have too often now seems men wearing ghastly shirts with their suits, operating under the delusion that any color shirt with a collar is appropriate for the workplace. Unfortunately, this delusion is perpetuated by too many modern clothing companies making these ghastly shirts to begin with, marketing them to men none the wiser.

In short, a man's shirting wardrobe should be based around two colors - white and light blue (remember that a gentleman always remembers to wear a tie that is darker than his shirt).

Now, within these two colors lie infinite combinations of fabrics- checks, stripes, and patterns.

Examples:


Along with basic whites and blues, one should have smattering of the following colors: pink, lavender, yellow, and for more casual shirts, tattersalls with red, green, and brown checks.

Examples:


Colors that should never be in a man's dress shirt wardrobe:
*Dark blue
*Dark green
*Red
*Brown
*Eggplant
*Anything iridescent

I open the table to discussion, gentlemen!

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...but, where's the plaid flannel selection?
Unfortunately, my limited knowledge cannot address workplace attire for either hipster or lumberjack. :-D
:)

Seriously, though, thanks for sharing your good taste.
+1. It's nice to know we can count on Leo to keep us looking our best.
Where do you draw the line of "dark" blue? I have a french blue shirt that I like very much, but couldn't see navy or royal blue in the rotation.

(I will admit, though, I do own one red dress shirt. Mostly for holidays.)
"French" blue is such a terrible name for a color, as it has no true definition. Google "french blue" to see what I mean.

The line is drawn at Royal blue, in my opinion. Such a shirt is too dark to look correct with most suiting or jackets.

Fie on the red dress shirt! Get a red plaid tie, waistcoat, or trousers instead! :)
The good news for me is I can't really tell the difference between all those shades.

I'm reminded of an episode of Newsradio when Lisa asked to borrow a shirt other than the blue one she had already borrowed:

Lisa Miller: Do you have another shirt?
Dave Nelson: Sure. Here you go.
[hands Lisa a blue shirt]
Lisa Miller: Dave, this is identical to the one I have on.
Dave Nelson: No it isn't. That one is Azure and that one is Lapis.
Lisa Miller: Can I have another shirt, please?
Dave Nelson: [pulls out a series of blue shirts] Let's see, there's Indigo, Sapphire, Sky, and Standard Blue.
Lisa Miller: Ever see Rain Man, Dave?

Red trousers? They sell those? Sweet!
These are more wine than red -


But I also have red cords -

I love the fact that you not only have pictures of these pants at hand, but you have access to a business washroom with a full length mirror. (Very sharp, by the way)
This is part of the addiction known as StyleForum's What Are you Wearing Right Now (WAYRWN) threak. Accordingly, I have photos of most of my outfits for the last several months. I think this is a sickness.

The mirror is from the lavatory at work.
I believe the proper response is "Just admiring the view..."
I am afraid that this is considered arson in most jurisdictions, sir.

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