The Only 5 Dress Shirts You’ll Ever Need | Menswear Wardrobe Basics

– You want to do more with
less, be ready for any situation and get the most value
out of your purchases. But there are so many options out there, especially when it comes to dress shirts, that it can be hard to narrow down what those basic pieces are
that you really have to have. I always focus on versatility, and in this video I'm gonna show you the only five dress
shirts you will ever need. (upbeat music) I'm Brian Sacawa, and you're
watching He Spoke Style where we give you the
information and inspiration you need to dress well, have more confidence and
unlock your potential.

Now, if you've been paying attention over the last couple of
years on the channel, you've probably noticed
that I wear pretty much the same five shirts all the time. Every once in a while, I might
throw in a different one, like this gingham shirt, for example, but in general, I'm not
really stepping outside those core five shirts
that I have in my wardrobe. The reason is because above all else and one of the things I believe in most is building a wardrobe that
is focused on versatility. You want pieces that
you can plug in easily to a variety of different situations. Now, of course, there are two big details you need to pay attention to when you're thinking
about your dress shirts: what type of collar are you going to have and what type of cuff
are you going to have. A lot of this boils down
to personal preference, and my personal preference
is to choose a classic collar and a one-button rounded cuff. These aren't the most
unique styling details, in fact, you might even
say they're kind of boring, but if we're talking about really leaning into getting the most out of these shirts, a classic collar and a
one-button rounded cuff is a really safe bet.

I mean, full disclosure, I
like a French cuff shirt, I like a turnback cuff as well, but those have a very
specific look and feel. Like you're not gonna be able
to style a French cuff shirt in a more casual setting. A one-button rounded cuff,
however, slides more easily between dressy, business
casual and casual scenarios. Same thing with a button-down collar or a more aggressive spread collar shirt. Those have their place, but again, if you're looking
for maximum versatility and you only wanted to have five shirts then the styling I suggest
is a good way to go. Now, the way we're able
to get a little more out of these shirts is by
considering the fabric.

And as I go through each
of these five shirts, I'm going to talk specifically
about the fabric choices. And I think you'll really
see how far that will go to add versatility and
range to the collection. Essential shirt number
one is a white shirt in a poplin fabric by Thomas Mason. 100% cotton with a weight of 150 grams. Poplin weaves, because
of their construction, are an ideal choice for
shirts that are thin and cool. And that will also maintain
a sturdy appearance. Poplin also has a great natural luster which makes it perfect for
more formal or suited looks, but it can also lend a bit
of elegance to an outfit with chinos, for example, or
even when paired with jeans.

For this outfit though, I wanted to highlight the poplin shirt in a classic dressy and suited way. This is a dark navy suit that has a subtle herringbone pattern in it. Brown patterned tie to kind of take the formality down just a little bit, simple white pocket square
and brown Oxford shoes. I spent so much time talking
about the collar style I recommend so I want to point out why I do really like this style. And the main reason is
that I love how the collar interfaces with the lapel of the jacket. Because of the length of the collar, you don't see the point, which
I think just looks very clean and very polished. Essential shirt number two
is one of my favorites, an ice blue Oxford cloth shirt. This fabric is by Thomas Mason, 100% cotton in a weight of 180 grams. You know, you always hear about the OCBD, or Oxford cloth button-down, certainly a staple,
more casual style shirt, but with a classic collar like this, you get the added versatility
of being able to style it in a more dressed up way.

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Which is what I'm doing here, pairing it with a brown sharkskin suit, which seems to have become
one of the fan favorites in the shop. I chose a Prince of Wales
check or a Glen Plaid tie here to keep it more in that
in-between, not super formal, dressed up styling, where I feel like an Oxford
shirt like this really shines. And then again, to keep things
on the more relaxed side of dressed up, I'm anchoring this look with a pair of tassel loafers. Essential shirt number three is also an Oxford cloth shirt,
but this one with a stripe. Fabric is by Thomas Mason again. It's 100% cotton with
a weight of 150 grams. A striped shirt is a must-have, and I particularly like
the size of the stripe.

It's not too thin, it's not too wide, but it's different enough
while still being classic and, therefore, very easy to style. I always think of a striped
shirt like this as kind of fresh and lending itself to a
more relaxed approach, which is why I've paired it
here with a hopsack suit. Hopsack, as you know,
great choice for a suit with a more casual feel,
ditto on the patch pockets. I chose a medallion tie with
a lighter tannish color.

Again, playing into that relaxed and not super buttoned up and formal vibe. Sunglasses are by Oliver Peoples and the derby shoes are by Enzo Bonafe. Essential shirt number four is gray with what you might
call a reversed pencil stripe. It's in a poplin fabric by Canclini. 100% cotton and lightweight at 110 grams. This is going to be your dark horse, kind of underdog shirt in the collection. But one that gives you just
an incredible amount of range and really deepens your entire collection.

This shirt for me kind of
feels like low-key elegance, and I've paired it with
the same dark blue suit with a subtle herringbone pattern that you saw in the first look. Totally on purpose, because
although the looks are similar, what you can see here is
that the richness of the gray with the addition of the stripe, although still more or
less on a formal side, just has a completely different feel. And for a shirt to be able to
transform a suit like that, that's what we're looking for when we talk about versatility. Essential shirt number
five is a denim shirt. The fabric is by Canclini. 100% cotton, 210 grams. This is such a great
sportier shirt to have, and one of my favorite things about it is how easily it can dress down a suit or more business casual looks.

And business casual is
what I'm doing here. I've paired the denim shirt with our brown Donegal Tweed sport coat, pair of navy cotton trousers,
classic pocket square and some derby shoes, which
are again by Enzo Bonafe. Now, I want to let you know that all of these shirts are
available in the HSS Shop. And the best part about
that is if you, you know, want something different, like a different color style
or a different cuff style, you can completely customize
those parts of the shirt. And add to that that
you're going to be going through our measuring process so you can be really confident that you're going to
get a shirt that is fit perfectly for you. If you haven't checked out
our shirts in the shop yet, there's a link right over there. So click there, head over to the shop and start filling your wardrobe with some great menswear essentials..

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