What plain formal shirts to wear for an evening out

Need inspiration for Evening out outfits? Our stylists have put together outfits featuring plain formal shirts.

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Dressing up denim

The darker the denim, the dressier the jeans. We've enhanced that even more by throwing on a single-breasted overcoat and lace-up leather boots (as opposed to trainers, for instance).

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Stepping up a notch with pattern

Introducing texture (in the form of tweed) and pattern (in the form of a pocket square) is an accessible way to mix up your more formal looks.

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Break it up

Black is naturally a very smart colour, but you can break it up with other colours to stop it feeling too funereal. Plus, pink doesn't feel preppy here.

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Tonal made casual

A 'tonal' outfit just means that you're wearing clothes of varying shades, but still in the same colour family. It's an easy way to make simple pieces feel like an outfit.

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Colour combos

A navy suit is a classic, but you can inject new life by pairing it with a pale pink shirt. To dress things down, lose the tie and undo one button.

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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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Master of simplicity

With a time-tested outfit such as this shirt-and-chinos combo, don't overthink it. Just match your leathers, nail the fit, then away you go.

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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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