How to wear plain formal shirts

Wondering how to style plain formal shirts? Explore our range of men’s plain formal shirts outfit ideas for all kinds of occasions.

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Play with layers

This look proves the old adage that with layers, less is more. A lightweight shirt, vest and jacket can be as warm as one heavy coat, plus adaptable if the weather changes.

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Several shades of blue

Wearing complementary tones, like differing shades of blue, is a nice alternative to the traditional white shirt and chinos look – it’s smart, but feels more modern.

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Practical but polished

A quilted jacket adds a bit of texture to your outfit, without bulking you out as much as a puffa. Keep the jumper closely fitted to avoid fabric bulges.

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Small changes, big impact

Trade your basic white shirt for a pale pink option to add a bit of contrast. Lightweight knitwear breaks up your suiting without losing the formal effect.

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A smart update

Want to give your smart separates a bit of an update? Add some interest via a textured blazer or knitted tie.

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Pink and navy are a match made in heaven

As preppy a colour combination as you could wish for, this duo nonetheless feels fresh thanks to the addition of stone chinos.

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Simple points of interest

A bold-coloured tie elevates a classic suit without overwhelming the look. Go for a contrasting overcoat for a finish that feels interesting and refined.

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Details that make an outfit

The key to pulling off a flamboyant scarf is to keep the rest of your outfit classic. Here, a grey coat with navy trousers provides the ideal canvas for a flash of colour.

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