The gingham shirt straddles that most awkward of fashion divides: smart-casual. Despite its mod heritage, it looks at home in almost every setting, with the exception of the very formal. Stuck under a tweed blazer or a navy suit, or buttoned down and tucked in to jeans, it’s the default informal shirt choice if you don’t want to be caught underdressed.
How to pull it off:
1. Breathe life into grey and navy suits, but stick to solid colour ties.
2. It should fit snugly, otherwise it will stray into scruffy territory.
3. Tuck it in.