Top 10 shirts Featured

A look at top brands' variations on the classic garment

by 18 July 2012

In a way, a shirt is almost an accessory, a touch of colour peeping out from the outerwear, as we saw during the fall-winter 2012 fashion shows. But some brands are famous for their shirts, such as Etro's stripes; others have created some variations on the classic theme.

1. Kenzo.

 

For this brand, the shirt is definitely not an accessory. Sparkling colour and intriguing layers.

2. Etro.

 

Always a symphony of colour, Etro's shirts are always unique in design and superb in their craftsmanship.

3. Burberry Prorsum.

 

Polka-dots make their appearance, with bold, dark colours.

4. Paul Smith.

 

The British designer transforms some of his photographic inspiration to shirts, with lovely darkish colours that create an electrical frisson below the jacket.

5. Burberry Brit.

 

A variant on the brand's tartan theme, in colours harmonizing with the coat.

6. Dsquared2.

 

Almost a sci-fi, high-tech approach, with an asymmetric dark grey stripe that highlights a pocket.

7. Ermenegildo Zegna.

 

There used to be rules about not wearing a check tie with a check shirt, or suit, but Ermenegildo Zegna show that they work fine together.

8. Pal Zileri.

Extreme classicism by a brand synonymous with fine tailoring.

9. Emporio Armani.

Contrasting collar detail. 

10. Giorgio Armani.

 

Just as in Emporio Armani, the narrow collar in darker fabric creates a contrast, a touch of sobriety that differs from the very informal outfit.

Bonus brand: Henry Arlington.

 

The British brand Henry Arlington makes shirts in Egyptian cotton, with contrasting fabric on the inner cuff, collar and gusset. High quality, and take your pick from op-art stripes or more classical patterns.