Gingham shirts are pretty simple: a button-down shirt with a woven pattern consisting of a contrasting check. Yet, despite their simplicity, they have achieved ubiquity — these patterned shirts are likely one of the most recognized in all of menswear. While the pattern can be found frequently in traditional dress shirts, there is something about the mix of colors that make these shirts feel slightly more casual while still looking grown up.
Depending on what you pair your gingham shirt with, they really can be worn anywhere. Headed to a country-chic wedding? Try a navy/white version, like the Secret Wash Shirt by J.Crew, with a navy tie and suit jacket.
Need a work shirt that can seamlessly transition to dive bar happy hour (and not look wildly out of place?) The Gingham Check shirt by Maker & Company is an excellent option, and it’s made of 100% cotton, so you can machine wash it over the weekend, and it’s ready to go again sans dry cleaning. And if you’re looking for something that’s your traditional, beloved gingham but way outside of the box, you won’t miss a step with the unexpected Black & White Gingham Eyes by Topman Design.