Dress codes have changed and fewer and fewer guys are wearing the stuffy suits they saw their fathers walking out the door to work in as a kid. There are tech pros making millions wearing hoodies. There are teachers who no longer feel they are required to put a tie on to get their point across to budding young minds. The list goes on. The point is, in today’s professional environment, there is a much more relaxed approach to what one is expected to report for duty wearing. Now, this is not to say that guys who work at banks are walking in sporting their finest gym clothes. Oh no, you still have to look professional—it’s just that the definition of professional has become looser, less stuffy. A perfect example of something that's just-buttoned-up enough: the not-so-boring, button front shirt.
Now, there is a difference between “button-front” shirts and "button-downs." The former is technically a shirt with buttons up the front (duh) where as the more commonly used term, “button-down” actually refers to the buttons of the collar. So, to put it simply, every button-down shirt is a button-front shirt, but not every button-front shirt is a button-down shirt.
There's a new crop of the old favorite hitting shelves. There are solid options with thicker cottons and slimmer fits. There are the new plaids that keep you looking fresh instead of forrest-ready. There are horizontal stripes that go against the grain. And finally, there are prints bold enough to help you express yourself, but subtle enough so as not to distract the boss in the morning meeting. Here are 12 to choose from.