A thicker cut
The butcher stripe: A bold, bright way to beef up your shirt game.
Conventional American wisdom holds that a dress shirt should be the plain canvas against which a flashy, textured tie can pop. But why be conventional? Why not invert the formula so your shirt makes the statement? For years, Brits have done this with the butcher stripe. The thick vertical lines used to be a mainstay on Jermyn Street, particularly in the yuppie heights of the go-go ’80s. These days, it’s less about upward mobility and more about sartorial sensibility. A bold pattern like this works especially well in equally vibrant colors. (Xacus’s supersaturated royal blue, for instance, contrasts beautifully with a dark suit.) Just remember to keep your tie on the quiet side. It’s time you let your shirt do the talking.
Lines of work
As you probably guessed, this stripe wasn’t named after fishmongers. As far back as the 16th century, members of the English Butcher’s Guild used a similar pattern on their aprons. Apprentice and journeyman butchers sported thinner lines, while master butchers could boast a broader stripe. The default color? Navy. (It’s the best shade for hiding bloodstains.)
Shirts (SGD425*) by Xacus; tie (SGD329*) by Viola Milano. Top right: Suit (SGD1,886*) by Richard James; shirt ($320) by Xacus; tie (SGD232*) by Paul Stuart; Clifton 10059 watch (SGD8,567*) by Baume & Mercier.