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The Shirt Guide

There are shirts, and then there are shirts – and they are two different things. The difference between a non-descript, corporate uniform and something more stylish always comes down to the details: the collar, the buttons, cuffs, colours, and materials.

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Shirts - a material guide to quality style

There are shirts, and then there are shirts – and they are two different things. The difference between a non-descript, corporate uniform and something more stylish always comes down to the details: the collar, the buttons, cuffs, colours, and materials. How you wear and style your shirt, depending on the season and the occasion, is the other differentiator that will elevate you above the typical whites and blues.

To help steer you in the right direction, we’ve pulled together a little guide on the materials and fabrics to know and the style to master.

Oxford: always in style

 

Oxford fabric is a basket weave, meaning that two warp yarns cross one or two weft yarns. This gives the fabric a slightly heavier and thicker character, making the shirt long-lasting and more comfortable the more you wear it, thanks to the fact that it ages beautifully. Oxford is the quintessential material for casual elegance, and pairs well with jeans, chinos, shorts, and swimming trunks. A suit with an Oxford shirt is a bit hard to pull off, but the material goes well with a navy blazer or more tweedy materials for autumn and winter. Oxford is a year-round material, but it’s wise to choose something lighter (90-120 grams) for summer and something thicker for winter (160 grams). At Morris, you’ll always find a wide range of classic Oxfords to keep you in style, all year round.

Linen: can't live without it

 

Linen is made from the flax plant. It is a crisp, clean and ultra-comfortable fabric that is both strong and durable. There’s also something luxurious and elegant – almost decadent – about linen, both in its feel, and because of its association with summer and warmer climates. Wear it with a casual suit (maybe even a linen one), jeans, chinos, shorts, or to the beach. We recommend fits that are on the more generous side for a more cooling, comfortable feel: a slim-fit linen shirt is just wrong. And don’t be shy of colours, stripes or checks – you’ll find plenty of them in the Morris collection.

Denim: man's best friend

 

Denim can range from thick, heavier varieties to thin, lightweight chambrays, as found in our Heritage collection. Morris also has a wide range of more playful, printed indigo shirts – don’t shy away from pairing them with more dressy pieces like a blazer. The great thing about denim is its versatility: you can channel a rock ‘n’ roll rebellion or go proper preppy. No matter how you wear your denim shirt, it’s a fabric that’s always flattering for any man.

Cotton poplin: cool and crisp

 

Cotton poplin is made in a plain weave, which means one warp yarn crosses just one weft yarn. Because of this, it is thinner and lighter than Oxford fabrics. Cotton poplin is easy to wash and iron; it also does not wrinkle easily and stays soft forever. The feeling of wearing cotton poplin can described as cool and crisp, and the fabric is well suited for both casual and more dressy occasions.

Seersucker: simply summer

 

Seersucker is a thin, puckered fabric that is traditionally used for spring and summer clothing. The texture causes the fabric to be held away from the skin when worn, which improves air circulation and makes it perfect for warm temperatures. We would argue that seersucker is primarily a daytime fabric: a garden cocktail party or lunch is the perfect backdrop for a seersucker piece. We also encourage you to wear your seersucker shirt with other seersucker garments – or even a full suit for head-to-toe summer elegance.

Tencel: next level softness

 

Tencel, also referred to as lyocell, is a natural, long-lasting fibre that comes from fast-growing trees such as eucalyptus and beech. Wearing in Tencel is soft and cooling – don’t miss out on discovering this embracing material. Tencel is also easy to care for, with less ironing required than cotton to create that crisp look and feeling. Do, however, wash with care as Tencel has a slight tendency to shrink more than pure cotton.