Buy, rent or thrift it – alternative ways to shop. This week, a menswear classic for winter
Last modified on Fri 17 Dec 2021 12.40 GMT
Shirts can be an everyday staple, ready and reliable for any occasion, or the star of the show in a bold print or colour.
Vintage and rental are probably the best places to find statement shirts. The secondhand market lends itself to the more extrovert print, whether it’s a classic autumnal pumpkin plaid on a lumberjack, or something more unusual. Renting a shirt can also be a good way to experiment with more fashion-forward prints: the one from Burberry to rent at Selfridges is a bolder choice.
Men’s rental sites often focus on the formal, but they are also a good place for everyday shirts. But as these are something you will wear a lot, it’s a good item to invest in. Fabrics such as denim and corduroy are a shrewd autumn choice – warm and seasonal.
Micro cord, £29.50, marksandspencer.com
Part of the Big & Tall range (S-4XL), this comes in five shades. Wear it unbuttoned over a plain T-shirt.
Organic cotton, £129, oliverspencer.co.uk
Try with an unstructured blazer and chinos for a relaxed office look.
Sustainable denim, £105, asket.com
This brand tracks each step of the manufacturing process. Wear under a plain bomber jacket.
Button-down by Polo Ralph Lauren, £79 a month subscription for five items, thedevout.com
Team with loose-fit chinos and baseball cap.
House check, by Burberry, from £36.27 for four days, selfridgesrental.com
Perfect for an event under a black suit with a heavy brogue.
Wide stripe, two pieces on rotation £65 a month subscription, mossbocunlimited.co.uk
Freshen up your work wardrobe with this retro corporate look.
Retro print, by Love Moschino, £50, thrifted.com
Wear with a silver chain, dark denim and trainers for a night out.
Gingham with smiley, by Ami, £50, cudoni.com
For a modern mod look, style this with black trousers and white leather trainers.
Flannel check, by Pendleton, £28, beyondretro.com
Pair with a puffer jacket, black jeans and a chunky boot for a weekend walk.