You don’t have to be an attention seeking twit to wear one of these, but it helps. They remind me of an old ‘Bent & Corrupt’ pattern shirt I used to wear over a wife beater (open buttoned of course) when I was about 20. Trust me, this was a strong look back then, or that’s what I keep telling myself.
I dug the thing out at the weekend in hope of adding it to my summer wardrobe, only to be a little surprised to find it no longer fit me. Surely it must have shrunk it in the wash? Probably my mother sticking her oar in during one of her cleaning frenzies. After cursing my long suffering mother for a few minutes it dawned on me there could be a possibility I’d gained a little weight during the decade since the days of the regrettable white vest. I toyed with this theory for a moment, then concluded it was utter nonsense with either human error or an unfortunate washing machine incident being a far more plausible explanation. Either way, finding a new pattern shirt has been firmly on my radar this week.
I’m pleased to say US vintage shirtmaker Gitman Bros have some cracking designs in their SS14 range. I purchased my first Gitman shirt in 2011 and was so impressed with the attention detail, quality of fabric and durability that I’ve gone onto purchase a further four since then. All the staples are evident; superb button down collars, double track-stitching, creative and a relaxed fit (not too tailored). Proper summer gear.