Not happy with the selection of shirts at your local haberdashery? Give Shirts My Way ($65 and up) a try. This web-based service lets you select every detail of your shirt, from the fabric and cut all the way down to the buttons, collar style, and thread. They're made just for you, ensuring you won't show up to your next business meeting in the same shirt as that guy from accounting that strangely always smells like onions.
Get the denim look without the stigma or heat retention with the Gap Chambray Shirt ($50). Available in long or short sleeve ($40) versions, these 100% cotton button-downs feature patch or button-through flap pockets, contrast top stitching, and white buttons to stand out against the indigo fabric.
Take a trip back in time with Ebbets Field Flannel Baseball Jerseys ($185). Available for any non-Major League team from 1900-1970, these painstakingly researched and handcrafted shirts are made from real wool baseball flannel, and feature carefully replicated details like the lettering, number style, collar, and sleeve length. Just be patient, because first-class reproductions take time — or, in this case, about four weeks after you order. [Thanks, Greg]
Bold stripes can be a hit-or-miss proposition for guys — especially in the summer — but if you're willing to risk it, the L.L. Bean Day Sailor Sweater ($60) can pay sweet dividends when paired correctly. This 100% cotton crewneck pullover features a bright navy and white color scheme, ribbed collar, cuffs, and waist, a slightly short, slightly fitted cut, and all the attitude of old-school prisoner garb.
Designed to help you withstand the hot summer sun, Ledbury Summer Shirts ($115-$135) are warm weather takes on classic button-downs. Built with lightweight fabrics and sporting features like collars that are fused from the outside in for superior shape, a lowered second button for an always-right look in casual settings, and a slightly tapered fit to keep you looking your best, these can keep you looking and feeling cool whether the heat's coming from the sun or from an angry board member. [Congrats, Ryan]
Stay stylish in the sweltering heat with a Dave's Quality Meat Short Sleeve Oxford ($70). This summer-weight "daily special" features a standard fit, white buttons down the front, a single chest pocket on the left side, and a tail for tucking, if that's your thing. Available in blue, grey, and a fashionably feminine pinkish red.
It's plaid, but it's definitely not flannel. The Hugger Madras Shirt by GANT Rugger for ACL & Co. ($125) is a slim-fit, summer-weight offering made from 100% cotton handloom madras. Reproduced from a vintage 70's design, only 73 shirts were produced to celebrate the birth year of GANT Rugger. Hurry up and get handsome.
Sometimes you need clothing that's a step above what you can pick up from your local retail store — something that doesn't leave you looking like a midwestern local news anchor — and Brooklyn Tailors Shirts ($95-$185) are a fine choice for those times. Produced one at a time by a small team of craftspeople in Brooklyn, these garments are made from the highest-quality materials available, designed in-house and available in a variety of patterns and fabrics. They're a little more expensive (and nicer) than your standard Banana Republic fare, but again, that's sort of the point. And no, we don't why this dude is so melancholy, but we suspect it has something to do with his lost belt.
Set yourself apart from the sweater-wearing crowd with the 3sixteen Shawl Collar Sweater ($155). Made from soft mid-weight cotton knit, this slim-fitting sweater features a standout shawl collar that looks good down or up, and is finished with a wooden toggle on the neck closure for an added bit of class.
As the official outfitter of the 2010 U.S. Olympic team, you'll no doubt be seeing plenty of the Ralph Lauren Polo Olympic Games Collection ($10-$425) over the next few weeks. Inspired by vintage designs but updated with modern materials and flair, the collection includes jackets, sweaters, polos, tees, vests, hoodies, boots, and hats, all decked in a traditional red, navy, and white color scheme that keeps things classy yet patriotic.
Made in Scotland from brushed shetland wool, J.Press Shaggy Dog Sweaters ($125) are a fine way to add layered warmth to your wintertime and spring looks. Available in 15 different colors, including persimmon, mauve, and sky blue, these warm sweaters feature ribbed collars and cuffs, and look great on top of both button downs and tees.
Since opening up shop in 1920, Eddie Bauer has made some of the best outdoor gear around, and the new Eddie Bauer Heritage Collection ($25-$700) celebrates that, uh, heritage with modern interpretations of classic pieces from the company's Sportsman, Upland Field, Fly Fishing, and Aviation lines. Each article blends old-school styling and quality with modern fabrics and construction techniques to create outstanding re-imaginations of outdoorsman essentials.