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A Hume’s Guide to Shirt Types for the Countryside Gentleman

For every occasion, there is a shirt. Whether you are attending your daughter’s wedding, going out for drinks, or taking a walk out in the countryside, there is always a shirt on hand to get the job done. For a gentleman who can go from shooting in the morning to a formal dinner at night, shirts are the backbone of his countryside wardrobe.

 

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Pictured: Rodd & Gunn South Island Oxford Shirt.

Oxford

The Oxford is defined by its cloth rather than its style or cut. All Oxfords are made from basket woven cloth. A stronger, horizontal yarn is interwoven vertically with yarn that is often softer, or a contrasting colour. Oxfords are endlessly varied in cut, colour, and style: slim, or straight cut; checks, poplin or plain. Some, but not all have button down collars, and they may feature a pocket. They can easily be dressed up for smart wear with a tie or dressed down with jeans for casual wear.

 

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Pictured: Seidensticker Dress Shirt.

Dress (Evening) Shirt

Perhaps more easily defined by what it lacks – pocketless and never button down – than its inherent features, a dress shirt is essentially plain in nature. Designed to be worn tucked into trousers, with a jacket and tie, they therefore tend to be more close fitting, and shorter in length. Cut in this way, the shirt sits smoothly beneath a jacket and the bottom of the shirt can be more neatly tucked into trousers. If you are needing something for a formal occasion, this type of shirt is a secret weapon in the back of your wardrobe.

 

Pictured: Viyella Tattersall Shirt.

Tattersall

Defined by its pattern Tattersall shirts are all checked. Checks can be of contrasting or complimentary colours, generally woven on a lighter background. They owe their name to Tattersall horse market and are still to this day inextricably linked with equestrian and indeed country life. Whilst smart – eminently suitable for a day at the races – a Tattersall shirt could never be described as formal. The cloth is generally woven from cotton or soft flannel. Warm and comfortable, Tattersall shirts are a popular choice for shooting and country pursuits.

 

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