The light blue shirt is a staple of the classically styled men’s wardrobe. You can wear one with just about any suit or sport coat. A button-down version in oxford cloth fits in under a sweater or by itself worn over chinos on warm casual days. All of the great male dressers have relied heavily on the light blue shirt.
I wrote last week about clothes that contrast with what everyone else is wearing – that is, clothes that are non-conformist. This post is instead about contrast within your own outfit – specifically, contrasting lightness of color.
It's been almost ten years since the “Look At My Striped Shirt!”book came out, and yet, when I go out, it still seems like three-quarters of the men around me are wearing jeans and a “button down” striped shirt.