Six Variations on the Classic Work Shirt

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

By Reuben Brody

Six Variations on the Classic Work Shirt
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03 March 2017

The classic work shirt is the most versatile garment you can own this spring.

Typically done up in denim or chambray with a heavier hand than your standard button-up, it’s ideal for 60-70 degree days and always looks great layered over a T-shirt.

Here are six that’ll get the job done.

Best All Around: Rogue Territory Rinsed Neppy Denim

You could work on your motorcycle and then go straight to a meeting in this shirt. Selvedge denim, so it’s thick and gets better with wears. And you don’t need to wash it often.

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Best for the Dog Days: Save Khaki

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.

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Best for Working on Set: RRL

Spend your days in a studio park? The RRL Bulldog is for you. Dark colors mean stains won’t show up. Bonus: it’s on sale.

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Best for Dressing Up: General Quarters Herringbone Field Shirt

Blair Lucio, who runs General Quarters, runs a small-batch private label that only releases new items when he finds high-quality fabrics to work with. This field shirt is done in Japanese Herringbone and made in L.A. You’ll own this one for a while.

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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, you can’t beat Levi’s Stock Workshirt, a class denim number.

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Best for Getting Stuck Out in the Cold: Filson Vintage Flannel Work Shirt

Whether you’re leaving the waves after a morning surf or building a campfire as the sun is going down, Filson’s Vintage Flannel is the perfect mid-layer for warming your bones.

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