Hawes & Curtis French Cuffed Shirt Review

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Weekly Theme: Work Holiday Party

The next item on our list for the quintessential holiday work outfit is the shirt. Because we picked a more tux-like dinner jacket, a french cuffed shirt will go perfectly. This shirt from Hawes and Curtis (a London-based clothier) is simple and all you’ll need to achieve the classic, timeless look you’re going for. This 2-ply 100s shirt is super soft, comfy and slim fit, making it look as good as it feels. The only down-side is that it’s shortest sleeve length option is 33” meaning if you are shorter, tailoring may be in order.

Available on HawesandCurtis.com for $79

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Banana Republic Slim-Fit Oxford Shirt Review

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Weekly Theme: Fall Dinner Party

A standard oxford shirt is something every guy should own. If your’s is starting to look beat up or pit-stained then now is the time to replace it, before it gets too gross. This simple layer piece adds depth to an outfit without over complicating, which is excellent if you have a lot of colors on other parts of your get-up. Put it under a quarter-zip (tucked in), under a cardigan with a loud pattern or paired with dark colored pants.

Available on BananaRepublic.com for $46

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Orvis All-Linen Button-Down

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The summer heat can be brutal, and light weight shirts made of linen are the key to staying cool. This all linen shirt from Orvis is made to keep you cool and dry during your treks through the woods or city, on those gruelingly long and hot days. This shirt has a straight cut at the bottom meaning you don't have to tuck it in, and will have a looser fit to give you more room to breathe.

Available on Orvis.com for $59

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Timberland Mumford River Slim Fit Chambray Shirt

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Cool chambray shirt right? We thought so too, and were surprised by the retailer. Yes, Timberland. They are stepping up their garment game. The king of tan work boots has been branching out for a few years now, and they are really hitting a groove. Just in time for vacation season, this soft chambray shirt will be a key item to toss in your bag on your way to the beach. Perfect for tiki huts, no-shower happy hours, or even a nicer sit down dinner outside, this pocketed chambray long sleeve has some dynamic range. Its versatility and light weight construction makes this is a great "just-in-case" piece to take with you from now til October. It comes in blue and the "duck green." We've seen about a million blue chambrays, so we think the green is the way to go. We suggest pairing it with some tan shorts, deep indigo jeans, or black chinos, just keep away from the chambray shorts, no one likes a guy would has had too much chambray.

Available on Timberland.com for $55 

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Mizzen+Main Carter Dress Shirt

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If you are one to be put off by wearing office-style work shirts, then Mizzen+Main is worth a look. These shirts are soft, super stretchy, and machine washable. So if you don't want to go to a dry cleaners, you don't have to! Proven to perform by the likes of Phil Mickelson, JJ Watt, and Tim Tebow, these shirts can really move. If pulled elbows are a common occurrence because you are just so jacked, or you tend to have a catch with your office mates at lunch, then a shirt like the Carter is a must own. We like this Blue check as it goes with navy, and a variety of gray suits, when paired with some brown or cordovan shoes. 

Available on mizzenandmain.com for $125 

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Club Monaco Double-Faced Dot Shirt

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If you are in need of a lightweight, summer feel long sleeve button-down that is at home at an outdoor bar with sunglasses and a lightly flavored cocktail then look no further than this double-faced dot shirt from Club Monaco. Made with some light weight cotton, and designed with an understated pattern that allows you to layer it or wear it straight up with the top two buttons undone, it is a versatile and easily worn piece. paired with some solid fitted khaki chinos or shorts, this will be a summer go to.

Available on ClubMonaco.com for $80 

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T.M.Lewin Non-Iron Micro Dogtooth Twill Blue Dress Shirt

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If you are a guy that wears business casual or more formal dress to work, chances are you try to use these shirts for other occasions like weddings, art shows, and other nicer events. It makes perfect fiscal sense to buy shirts that can do both. It is in that vein we give you this micro dogtooth non-iron shirt from T.M.Lewin. The non-iron twill makes it easy to unpack and wear in a pinch, and the tight houndstooth-style design gives it some visual depth without yelling it at you, making it a perfect workin' to twerkin' shirt. We suggest wearing this with some navy chinos for the more casual space, and a light or medium gray suit for those attending a fancy function or important meeting.

Available on TMLewin.co.uk for $75 (including shipping) 

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Frank and Oak Jasper Marled Button Down

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This marled button down from Frank and Oak is a great stand-alone piece that also functions as a stylish top layer when paired with a solid or graphic t-shirt underneath. The marled nature of the all cotton fabric gives the shirt a bit of heft and structure that you don't get with chambrays and other standard cotton button downs. This is the collared shirt for the casual office when the temperatures in the morning start in the 40s and look to rise into the 60s. It also transitions from work to play extremely well when worn with dark wash (or raw) jeans or even khaki or dark green chinos.

Available on FrankandOak.com for $60 

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Taylrd Blue Flamingo Short Sleeve Button Down

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Spring break is right around the corner, have you found your party shirt yet? If the answer is no, look no further than this awesome flamingo print short sleeve button from Taylrd Clothing. Take your peacocking to the beach and flamingo yourself all over the boardwalk with this 100% cotton party shirt. Make sure to check the fit guide to see whether you are slim or standard fit, and note the slim-fits have some tapering through the middle so if you have a bit of a pouch where you keep all your extra cookies, we'd suggest you go with the standard fit. Wear this with light-weight gray chinos, white chinos, khaki shorts, or a even a coral short if you are feeling particularly beachy. 

Available on taylrdclothing.com for $50 

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Club Monaco Vintage Floral Button Down

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A lightly-colored floral shirt for Fall? Seriously? Yes, seriously. Rules are made to be broken, and while the official timeframe to wear white has passed, we say, if you are confident enough to do away with the rules, you are confident enough to rock this floral button down from Club Monaco. It's 100% cotton with buttoned collars (always a plus for us) and has a breast pocket, just in case. This casual yet flashy top will go great under a muted colored cardigan or bomber, and a nice pair of corduroys or maroon chinos.

Available on clubmonaco.com for $80

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United By Blue Pinnacle Plaid Flannel Button Down

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I know, I know, we just posted a flannel a couple of days ago! But, we had to show you this one. It's a bit more expensive than the one we posted from Uniqlo, but the feel and fit of this button-down made this a must-share. The shoulders have just the right amount room for someone with a decent build and the silhouette cuts in at the hips just the right amount without causing a billowing pocket of fabric in the back. The collar has buttons, a must for us when looking for a soft-cotton shirt. The double breast pocket design adds utility while the box pleat in the back gives you some added room to move, meaning it will be perfect for a weekend trek or a weekday happy hour if you have any bars with a rooftop still open. We suggest you wear this with dark wash blue jeans or darker tan chinos or layer it with a simple-colored pocket T. As a reminder, with every purchase from United by Blue they will remove 1 pound of trash form a US park or waterway which just makes you feel good!

Available on Unitedbyblue.com for $78

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Super Dry Roadster Denim Long Sleeve

No American man's closet is complete without at least one denim shirt. But be warned, this isn't your dad's classic denim button-down, this one has been around the world and back again. This Roadster denim long sleeve is an American classic design made by an Asian company, tailored to a European silhouette. So if you are looking for a more tailored, modern fit, and don't want to spend a fortune, this is the denim shirt for you. It has all the hallmarks of its vintage predecessors; snap closures throughout, dual breast pockets and a faded vintage wash. SHow up your friends on your next Sunday brunch outing by sporting this denim button-down with some aviators and perhaps even some corduroy pant, because if you're going for the look, commit damn it.

Available on sale at Superdry.com for $35 (on sale from $70)

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All Saints BigFork Button Down Shirt

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"Oh Snap" is what you are gonna say once you get your hands on this all snap-fastening button down beauty from All Saints. Consider this their lightweight take on a classic American flannel. It's made from cotton so it is breathable (and shrinkable so watch out), has 3, count 'em 1,2,3 cuff snap buttons for a little flare and two breast pockets for those gents trying to hide their nips behind an extra layer of cloth.  We suggest going the American route and wear this with some jeans, wayfarers, and either sandals (for the beach) or chuckas (for the bar). You'll have to get it soon though, because right now it's marked down 100 brown coin padre.

Available on sale at AllSaints.com for $66 (on sale from $165)

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Bonobos Banana Print Button Down Shirt

Summer is the season to have fun, some would even say it's the season to.......go bananas! (you're welcome). Bonobos is traditionally known for their wide selection of chinos, but have since widely expanded to the realm of all things men's clothing, with some tastefully bold designs along with some of the classics. This long sleeve button down is admittedly a bit goofy but does give off a playful vibe perfect for BBQs, and the casual day-long turned night time turn-up. Go ape in this banana splattered printed beauty and find yourself a worthy mate even if it is just for the night.

Available on Bonobos.com for $88

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Club Monaco Linen Check Button-Down

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Days getting shorter across the northern hemisphere can only mean the nights are getting longer. With longer nights comes cooler temperatures, meaning that a long sleeve that keeps you cool in the humidity but covered when the temperature gets a little low, is critical. This linen long sleeve button down from Club Monaco is the perfectly adaptable top that can look great in the sun and at the late-night tiki bar. The button down collar keeps you from a flappy neck,  and the tailored fit isn't too tight meaning the breeze can get in to cool you down. We suggest you sport this top with some navy or khaki chinos, or solid colored shorts.

Available on sale at ClubMonaco.com for $49 (on sale from $120)

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Topman Navy Turn Up Short Sleeve Dress Shirt

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If you are looking for a brand that isn't too expensive, looks nice on normal and more slender frames, and isn't J.Crew, then Topman is for you. They are constantly releasing interesting pattern combinations and playing with prints. Sometimes the results are loud, but sometimes they are more subtle. This navy floral turn-up sleeve is more of the latter. Shirts with small details like this can make more of an impression than loud boisterous patterns, and can help you come across less douchey. As we say time and time again, subtle details get noticed. So go on and get noticed. The fit on this shirt is a bit slim and long, however, you can fit a 40 chest in a medium without it looking bulgy. We suggest wearing it with white or gray bottoms (shorts or chinos), a nice pair of drivers, and a pair of nice shades for a solid semi-formal summer look. 

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Hurley Montauk Woven Short Sleeve Button Down

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Say goodbye to the days when rolling up your long sleeves was the only way to be comfortable in the summer while attempting to look stylish. Short sleeve button-downs are in, and in a big way.

You work hard, you deserve to show off the arms, look good, and feel relaxed during the hotter months of the year. This Montauk 100% cotton button-down from Hurley, yes the old Pac Sun staple, is perfect for a night out when the humidity is sitting close to 60% at 10 pm. The pattern here, FYI, is what can be described as "unfocused stars" or maybe "unfocused birds", either way, we like what we (can kind of) see. We suggest wearing this shirt with dark wash jeans, maybe a blue bomber jacket if the temperature permits, or medium gray chinos.

Available at Nordstrom.com for $50

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1901 Hawaiian Embroidered Woven Shirt

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And the floral print selections continue! This awesome Hawaiian shirt from 1901 has great muted maroon coloring, a classic Hawaiian fern pattern, and great embroidered hula girls scattered throughout the shirt making it a unique spring button-down perfect for any outside drink activity. The shirt is dyed oxford cotton, meaning it will have some body and good structure and is armed with a button-down collar keeping the shape of the shirt around the neck so you don't have to worry about the collar tips turning into wings. We like this shirt with a solid color pair of shorts, chinos, or dark wash jeans and some shades like these.

Available on Nordstrom.com for $60

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Ben Sherman British Hawaiian Shirt

Every guy needs a Hawaiian shirt in their closet for the inevitable beach themed party invite he'll get before its gets warm enough to actually go to the beach. This Hawaiian shirt from Ben Sherman is a great alternative to the typically loud Hawaiian short sleeve statement piece found in frat houses across the country. This dark, island-themed button-down shirt is the formal, less flowy version of your dad's prized Tommy Bahama shirt. Made from 100% cotton this shirt is breathable and comes with wooden buttons, adding a little uniqueness to the overall design. Wear it with Khakis to feel like Felix Leiter (CIA contact from James Bond), or white shorts for a true island feel.

Available on BenSherman.co.uk for £70 (~$87)

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Saturdays NYC Bruce Dobby Short Sleeve Shirt

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Pantone released the color of the year for 2017 a couple months back, and it's Greenery, an oddly bright shade of green, that most of the fashion industry is introducing as more of an olive or sage in their fashion lines. SaturdaysNYC has joined in, coming out with this button down short sleeve shirt in their own shade of sage. This shirt is a cotton-linen blend (65/35) perfect for spring, and fun in the sun if winter ever ends up letting go. The straight hem along the bottom means this shirt is not for tucking, so leave it out, let it flow and stay cool once you find your place of blissful heat. We suggest you wear this with khaki linen pants for the relaxed island look or dark colored chinos for a more out-in-the-city feel.

Available on SaturdaysNYC.com for $125

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