There is nothing better than a crisp, new formal shirt to make you look and feel your best. Whether you have to show up to the office in a suit every day or not, there will be times when you need to smarten up your act – perhaps for an important meeting or a job interview. A good-quality shirt, then, is a necessary addition to any wardrobe. Thank us after you get your next job (and we’ll take a 15% recruitment consultant fee).
M&S Cotton Tailored
This is simply a great-quality shirt designed by Richard James, one of Savile Row’s finest tailors. You won’t find a better formal shirt at this price. £49.50, buy on marksandspencer.com (opens in new tab)
Emma Willis White Cotton Oxford
Emma Willis is currently the only female shirt-maker on Jermyn Street, the home of the bespoke shirt. Handmade in Gloucester, this lightweight formal shirt deserves to be worn with the sharpest suit in your wardrobe. £240, buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab)
Dunhill Blue Striped Cotton Poplin
Add a touch of class to your suit ensemble with this slim-fitting shirt that has subtle blue and white stripes. £190, buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab)
Canali Pink Cotton
Canali is an Italian luxury label which has been making suits and shirts since 1934. This shirt’s pink shade will work with any suit. £125, buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab)
Etro Navy Cutaway Collar Gingham
Who says you have to wear a plain shirt with a suit? (Your boss? Ignore that idiot.) Get your hands on this gingham number with a cutaway collar and play it buttoned up with a Windsor knot during the working week, or open-necked and dressed down for a smart-casual weekend outfit. £170, buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab)
Hackett Blue Pin Dot Poplin
Hackett makes some of the finest shirts in the business, and the white pin dots add texture and a certain lightness to the dark blue. Fine work. £135, buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab)
Hugo Boss Blue Jerrin Cotton
The Jerrin shirt is a signature style from the German master of tailoring. The lighter shade of blue works best with a navy suit. £100, buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab)
Kingsman x Turnbull And Asser Striped Cotton
The Kingsman label is exclusive to Mr Porter which, to celebrate the release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, teamed up with English shirtmaker Turnbull & Asser on this smart number. £245, buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab)
Hackett Blue Mayfair Cotton
You’re in safe hands with this British label known for its faultless tailoring. £95, buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab)
Richard James Blue Twill
This ultra-modern shirt from the leading contemporary tailor has a cutaway collar so the shirt can be worn casually open at the neck or with a tie. £180, buy on richardjames.co.uk (opens in new tab)
Next Grey Marl Set
Choosing a tie that matches can sometimes be difficult, but Next solves this potentially paralysing quandary with this young, smart and modern set. In case your indecision extends to what suit to wear with it, plump for a slim cut. £30, buy on next.co.uk (opens in new tab)
Remus Uomo Tapered Printed Cotton
Add an edge to your office attire with the geometric pattern on this formal shirt. Not edgy enough for you, eh, horn-rimmed glasses creative type? Just wait until you turn those cuffs up. £59.95, buy on remusuomo.com (opens in new tab)
Gary Kingsnorth was the fashion editor for Coach as well as Men’s Fitness.
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