Unis unveiled their Fall/Winter sale this week, giving us a crack at some of our favorite shirts in the world for half the regular price—in particular this hickory-striped version of their near-classic Felix shirt.
The elegant-but-casual button-up is an extremely common item—we doubt there’s a menswear shop in the country without a rack of them—but this is our pick for the best. In part it’s down to the uniformly excellent fabrics, but the small rounded collar is the real prize. It’s the perfect stage for the tight, narrow tie knots that pair best with casual shirts, making the shirt a good deal more versatile than the rest of the button-ups in your closet.
And since they know what to do with a good thing, the current sale offers 14 different versions to choose from. Decisions, decisions.
You’re going to wear them and, if decorum is any guide, you’re going to have a collar peeking up out of the top. The question is, what are you going to do with it?
The preppy take on the conundrum is pretty simple—bring out a Bengal-striped shirt (or something similar), keep your collar buttoned down and you’re pretty much set—but if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s plenty more fun to be had.
We’d point you to this gentleman, pulled from a recent Reyn Spooner lookbook. If you look closely, you may notice a few inches of intricately patterned tropicalia peeking out through his neckline. It’s a playful take on what might otherwise be a pretty flat look and a good way to make use of what might otherwise be a pretty loud shirt.
That doesn’t mean you should stock up on Hawaiian shirts for winter, necessarily…but if you’ve got any unusually busy shirts in your closet—like anyofthese, for instance—winter might be a good time to break them out.
Luckily, Lacoste is making a go of it. These spread-collared polos came about thanks to a collab with Japan’s United Arrows, who slimmed down the silhouette and curved out the collar for something that looks a lot more current than most of the alligator’s usual gear. (Apparently John Waters was onto something.)
Of course, we’ll give extra points to the first polo that gives us a club collar…but we’re not holding our breath.
Our favorite thing about B store is usually the small, rounded collars that always seem like the seedlings of a full-blown trend—something you might see in the window of Banana Republic ten years from now. But they may have learned a few new tricks.
Their latest line debuted this week at London Fashion Week, and it’s boasting a lot more than collars. From gun-holster-esque suspenders, dark-wash denim shirts and a pleasant reliance on cerulean blue, these Britons are finally coming into their own.
One of our favorites from this summer’s capsule show has popped back onto our radar. Mjolk just gave us a peek at their Autumn/Winter line and, just like at the capsule show, we like what we see. The Sherlock-Holmesy overcoat in the middle has a nice, shoulder-heavy silhouette and we can never see enough flannel. Pay particular attention to the small-collared, high-waisted fellow on the right. It’s a look you’ll likely be seeing more and more of.