A shopping guide to the best … men’s shirts

Shirts can be an everyday staple, ready and reliable for any occasion, or the star of the show in a bold print or colour.

Vintage and rental are probably the best places to find statement shirts. The secondhand market lends itself to the more extrovert print, whether it’s a classic autumnal pumpkin plaid on a lumberjack, or something more unusual. Renting a shirt can also be a good way to experiment with more fashion-forward prints: the one from Burberry to rent at Selfridges is a bolder choice.

Men’s rental sites often focus on the formal, but they are also a good place for everyday shirts. But as these are something you will wear a lot, it’s a good item to invest in. Fabrics such as denim and corduroy are a shrewd autumn choice – warm and seasonal.
Laure Cochrane


Micro cord

Micro cord, £29.50,
Part of the Big & Tall range (S-4XL), this comes in five shades. Wear it unbuttoned over a plain T-shirt.

Organic cotton

Organic cotton, £129,
Try with an unstructured blazer and chinos for a relaxed office look.

Traceable denim

Sustainable denim, £105,
This brand tracks each step of the manufacturing process. Wear under a plain bomber jacket.


Button down, Polo Ralph Lauren

Button-down by Polo Ralph Lauren, £79 a month subscription for five items,
Team with loose-fit chinos and baseball cap.

House check, Burberry,

House check, by Burberry, from £36.27 for four days,
Perfect for an event under a black suit with a heavy brogue.

Wide stripe

Wide stripe, two pieces on rotation £65 a month subscription,
Freshen up your work wardrobe with this retro corporate look.


Retro print by Moschino

Retro print, by Love Moschino, £50,
Wear with a silver chain, dark denim and trainers for a night out.

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Gingham with smiley, by Ami, £50,
For a modern mod look, style this with black trousers and white leather trainers.

Flannel check

Flannel check, by Pendleton, £28,
Pair with a puffer jacket, black jeans and a chunky boot for a weekend walk.


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