As the festive season quickly approaches, so do the reasons to don your glad-rags and upstage the accountant on your annual Christmas do. To help you out we've compiled a list of our favourite shirts; from the weird to the wonderful, the subtle to the extreme and everything in between.
You might have seen Sasquatch pop up in recent Staff-Fits, if not they are some of the guys that put the theatre into this industry we call fashion. Definitely the jam between your bread & butter. And their version of a dress shirt demonstrates this exactly. Executed in 100% brushed cotton flannel, this soft-to-touch shirt is cut like a classic dress shirt, but it's individually painted pattern on the front means each one of these beauties is unique. Looking for something a bit different? Look no further.
Another shirt airing on the side of 'out there' is the Universal Works ikat Garage Shirt. This 100% cotton over-shirt has a woven ikat repeat pattern. In true Universal Works style it is boxy in its cut; Uni Works seem have mastered the art of making comfy look smart. Oh, a certain Gallagher bro wore their ikat short sleeve shirt a couple of summers ago and almost broke the internet.
YMC seems to go from strength to strength, always adding something new and different to their line. Maybe one of their main strength is keeping a strong core in their collection to let these new additions have time to develop in the line without the pressure of fast turnaround. It is one of these core pieces that make out hit list. The Doc Savage Shirt turns up at Wellgosh every season in what ever the colour the brand chooses as their seasonal pallet. FW19 sees it arrive in this striking garment dyed blue, executed as always in a cotton ripstop with double herringbone pockets. It is a hard wearing shirt, and due to the dying technique, only gets better with age.
Needles is a relatively recent addition to the Wellgosh Family, our first step into the wonderful world of Nepenthes (alongside Needles, they look after Engineered Garments and South 2 West 8, watch this space on both of these beauties). Their rebuild program is a stalwart element in the brand's DNA, an area we support massively here at Wellgosh. Made up from vintage plaid shirts cut up and recomposed in a bricolage style, every shirt is unique. If you see one you like in your size grab its while you can, when its gone its gone and they can make no more!
'A dinner party gone wrong' was the inspiration behind this season's Our Legacy collection, and with it comes a shirt you'd have no fear of eating your Spaghetti Bolognese in. An oversized dress shirt with all the quirkiness we've come to expect and love from the Swedish Fashion House, the Our Legacy Less Borrowed Shirt won't be on everyone's Christmas list, but it will be a talking point the morning after the night before. We Salute!
Wacko Maria make classic silhouettes with a Japanese eye for detail. Their 50's Shirt is a regular offender in their clothing line; executed in a beautiful 100% rayon fabric that is softer than butter and as smooth as silk, this piece has all features you'd expect; an open collar, beautiful chain stitch detailing and not a stitch out of place. A shirt for everyman, but defo an overman that knows.
Norse Projects will always have a fond space in our hearts. It was one of the first brands that bridged the gap between our more classical roots in streetwear, and our foray in non-traditional menswear. Their playful approach to smart clothing attracted us to the brand coming on eight years ago, and this goes from strength to strength. The classic Anton Oxford Button-Down shirt is exactly that; a classic button down. This season, Norse freshens things up with a mix-match use of their stripes; featuring different coloured panels varying in stripe widths, they have turned a classic button-down into something quite striking. We Salute!