Seven Variations on the Classic Work Shirt

Go ahead and wear ‘em eight days a week. They won’t mind.

By The Editors
March 3, 2017 9:00 am

Here in Chicago, where our collars are decidedly blue, the classic work shirt is the most versatile garment you can own.

Typically done up in denim with a heavier hand than your standard button-up, it’s an ideal piece for winter layering and beyond.

Because right now you might wear it under a jacket, but this time next month it’ll be your jacket.

Here are seven that’ll get the job done.

Best All Around: Stock Mfg Co. Denim Work Shirt
In terms of price, quality and fit, it’s hard to beat this Stock Manufacturing Company number. With its reinforced elbow patches and four-pocket design, it’s constructed to work on its own as well as a light jacket. Best part? It’s made right here in Chicago. BUY IT HERE

Best for Lake-Effect Wind: Noah NY Work Shirt
For a modern, slightly streetwear-leaning take on the workwear staple, look no further than Noah NY. The young New York label offers up its shirt in a 100% cotton oxford. That means comfort and breathability. BUY IT HERE

Best for Dog Days: Save Khaki Work Shirt
You probably don’t want to do any heavy lifting in this one, but it looks great and it’s lightweight enough not to suffocate you on hotter days. BUY IT HERE

Best for Dressing Up: Taylor Stitch Mechanic Shirt
You could concievably work on your motorcycle and then go straight to a meeting in this shirt. Clean, durable lightweight canvas. Powder coated aluminum buttons for extra measure. BUY IT HERE

Best on Its Own: Engineered Garments Work Shirt
If there’s anyone who knows how to do Americana better than Americans, it’s the Japanese. If you’re unfamiliar with Engineered Garments, get acquainted quick. This shirt is handsome enough to carry a whole outfit, with enough pockets to carry everything else. BUY IT HERE

Best on a Budget: Levi’s Stock Workshirt
Most the designers listed herein use heirloom-grade fabrics that get better over time, and that comes with a price. But if you’re looking for a great work shirt that won’t break the bank, go for Levi’s Stock Workshirt, a classic denim number. BUY IT HERE

Best for Fighting the Cold: Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt
Whether you’re shaking off the snow or building a campfire as the sun is going down, Filson’s Vintage Flannel is the perfect mid-layer for warming your bones. BUY IT HERE

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