Need to look sharp and smart and totally put together? A crisp blue dress shirt is still the way to go.
There was a time, not so long ago, when we here at GQ believed in a few hard-and-fast rules about menswear: that there was only one correct way for a suit to fit, only one correct tie width you should ever consider wearing, and that you should never, ever wear a short-brimmed fedora. (OK, that last one is still true.) In 2019, though, there are virtually zero rules left. Suits are back in a big way, but nowadays they can be as shrunken and short à la Thom Browne, voluminous and lapel-less like an Issey Miyake joint, or land anywhere in between. One thing that absolutely hasn't changed, though? Our steadfast and unwavering belief that every man alive looks handsome as all hell in a great blue dress shirt.
What "great" means for you, of course, is variable. We used to look for a specific collar size and a specific color that we very modestly called "GQ blue." (Not a joke.) Now the trick is finding the best fit for your style: if that's timeless and all-American like our go-to Ralph Lauren version, then awesome; if it's retro and eccentric like the Gucci take below, that's awesome too. You've got options, and no matter which you choose, you can rest assured that you'll look smart and sophisticated and totally put together—because that's just what the best blue dress shirts do. Some things in fashion really don't ever change, and for that, we're grateful.
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