April 26, 2017
Whether it's your first day on the job or just another hump day, your business attire needs to be on point. You need an arsenal of swaggy, essential, and business casual suits. But you also need a set of standby shirts and ties that you can count on day in and day out. Contrary to what you might think, a light blue (and not a pure white) dress shirt will take you the farthest and look the best with every damn suit you own. And it's best partner in style crime is a classic navy blue tie.
Here's why: White shirts and black ties are too contrasty, too formal to mix well with all suiting fabrics. But light blue and navy are the most neutral colors in the suiting world. They pair well with brown, blue, black, tan, gray, and even a ball's out three color plaid situation. So say, for example, you wanted to eliminate all choices and Inspector Gadget the hell out of your shirt and tie wardrobe, these are the only two things you'd need to buy from now until the end of time. But if you want some middle ground, you could go for tonal variations of them both.