SHOP NOWCardigan by GucciSHOP NOWShirt by A.P.CSHOP NOWTie by E TautzTHE BASIC CHAMBRAY
Great for smart or casual wear, we recommend teaming with a solid rep tie (keep the knot neat) and a slim-fitting cardigan
SHOP NOWCashmere polo knit by GucciSHOP NOWCotton shirt by Rag & BoneTHE OFF-DUTY ALL-ROUNDER
Provides the perfect "what do I wear under it?" solution when you've run out of clean white T-shirts to team with your favourite polo knit
SHOP NOWblazer by Alexander McQueenSHOP NOWShirt by Rag & Bone,MASH IT UP
Mixing up a laid-back looking shirt with a piece of formal tailoring adds a pleasing touch of sartorial 'whatever' to an outfit
SHOP NOWSweater by Jil SanderSHOP NOWShirt by Burberry ProrsumTHE STEALTH BUTTONHOLE
Why not pick a style where the buttonhole remains hidden? It seems a tiny bit rebellious - OK, only a very, very tiny bit rebellious
SHOP NOWPolo neck by John SmedleySHOP NOWShirt by Burberry ProrsumSHOP NOWTie Burberry LondonWOAH! THE CATWALK LOOK
This was popular at the fall/winter fashion shows. It makes a change from an undershirt when the office air-con is a little too aggressive
Introduced in the US more than a century ago by Mr John Brooks, of Brooks Brothers, the button-down took its inspiration from the sports shirts worn by British polo players. They needed the extra fastenings to prevent their collars flapping around during play.
It became a true style statement, however, when Mr Gianni Agnelli, the famous Italian industrialist who ruled Fiat for three decades from the mid-Sixties, chose to wear button-down collars but with the buttons left undone. This gave his structured looks an appealing twist of nonchalance - or, as the Italians call it, sprezzatura.
If you prefer yours buttoned-up, then do so - especially as this will help keep both your collar and tie firmly in place. Sometimes a rebellious collar point or two need putting firmly in their place.