The Popover. An interesting take on a dress shirt with a few good adjustments. A Popover is just that – a dress shirt that you pop over your head. They were originally created by Gant in the 60’s, where the placket stops about mid-way down the shirt. These aren’t as formal as a dress shirt, but are much more flexible. For the most part, they are readily available in traditional solids and stripes. Just how you like it…
They look great under a sport coat or untucked with a pair of khakis. Just make sure to buy them with a slimmer cut – otherwise it looks like you are wearing a smock.
Here’s how to do it right:
Two cool American brands… F.E. Castleberry teamed up with Jack Robie for a couple options, an oxford blue and this red bengal stripe. Go nuts. You shouldn’t expect anything less from Brooks Brothers. Their slim fit popover has a nice grosgrain placket that should give it a bit of pop under a blue blazer.
Sid rarely misses. Hell, the guy made day-glow cool. His popovers have that perfect fit – slim but not skinny. His are offered in the most traditional of all flavors, but can be dressed up (with trousers and a sport coat) or down (untucked with Levi’s and mocs). Options:
The options from J. Crew are almost camp shirts rather than dress oxfords, which makes them perfect for business casual or weekend wear. The sky blue herringbone is like wearing a shirt that has been washed a thousand times, and the Navy blue garment dyed is the perfect compliment to khakis or tan jeans. Both are boot appropriate.