Occupy Colorful Dress Shirts
RENEE MINUS WHITE Fashion & Beauty Editor | 11/28/2011, 2:52 p.m.
When it comes to Geoffrey Beene's dress shirts, nothing is ever just black or white. Men's shirts in various colors occupy a huge space in fall/winter wardrobes. Look for gunmetal, navy, purple, rainforest, berry, pomegranate, pink, cypress, wild orchid, sunset orange, cranberry or eggplant. It's a diverse, dashing range of colors, from smoky dark to rich and vibrant saturated solid color picks. Shirt styles are compelling in linear weaves and textures, oversized plaids and stunning stripes. Beene's color choices create adventurous fashion statements.
A man's shirt look is also very much about fit this season. A Slim fit category has been added to the Geoffrey Beene Dress Shirt line. Along with the Regular Standard fit, there's the more contoured tapered-at-the-waist Fitted silhouette. The slim, trim specifications for a 15 1/2" Slim fit shirt measure 44 1/2" at the chest, 39 1/2"
at the waist, 43 1/2" at the bottom. The front length is
26 1/2" and the center back is 31". This new contoured category also reflects an important fashion trend toward more dapper detailing, a narrow square cuff, a center stitched-down box pleat with a loop and back darts for added shape and drape. There's a twill fabric component in the collection, with natural stretch for added motion and mobility. Slim fit Geoffrey Beene shirts are replete with a bright rich saturated color palette and an array of plaids and engineered patterns. These shirts are definitely designed for the very fashion forward.
Wrinkle-free Sateen fabric reigns in both Regular, fitted models and Big & Tall sizes. The elegant sheen of these shirts abounds in a virtual rainbow from classic white to tiger lily and virtually every color in between. Regular Fit trends are geared toward a mysterious range of dramatic darks while the fitted collection focuses on more richly vibrant tones.
Color choices are particularly revealing in the Geoffrey Beene collection. Here are some telling facts: Navy represents conformity. Purple reveals a noble elegance. Root, forest and greens all show a preference for things of nature and show a sense of calm. The slate and gray colors express tranquility and optimism. The pomegranates and orange color ranges denote dignity and power. And there are always black and white shirts that look fashionable day or night.