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Were they ever "out"? If so, I missed it. I wear white shirts a lot and not just with suits but with sport coats and casual wear such as jeans and khakis. No matter how dressed up or down you are, a white shirt will always work.

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I think the white shirt looks sharp with my blue suit. They are the dressiest shirt for a lot of suits, I think. I see people wearing them all the time; I can't say they are "out."

(You'll find that a lot of posters here say not to worry about what is "in" or "out" anyway.)

I lean in that direction, but don't like to wear something that is hopelessly "out" I guess.
 

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How can a white shirt ever go out of fashion? A white shirt with any color suit or tie will always be "in fashion" - whatever that means anyways.

Actually, I'm not sure I've ever seen Obama without a white shirt on with his suits. As far as the NBC commentators go, I often see Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw in white shirts, but Keith Olberman, Chris Mathews, and Chuck Todd often wear blue or patterned shirts.

On-air TV personalities can get away with dressing a bit more flashy. Some choose to, and some don't.
 

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I agree that white shirts were never out. Most men look good in them, and I find them an indispensable item in one's clothing vocabulary. They also go with anything and everything, and help the wearer appear dignified and solid. They are typically acceptable to all. I suspect it's those last qualities that are sought by the pols' image consultants.
 

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As the saying goes....You can never have too many white shirts. Politicians wear white shirts alot as they are more conservative and go well with the red or blue tie that they like to wear. Also TV newsmen wear white as it is classic and looks good w/the dark suits that they are required to wear. I don't know about nationally but locally KNBC here in LA has required their TV newscasters to wear dark colored suits or sportcoats. Light colors don't show up too well on TV. The Bright lights from the set bleach them out. White works well on TV as does light blue. Stripes or checks don't come out well even on HD TV's.
 

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As the saying goes....You can never have too many white shirts. Politicians wear white shirts alot as they are more conservative and go well with the red or blue tie that they like to wear. Also TV newsmen wear white as it is classic and looks good w/the dark suits that they are required to wear. I don't know about nationally but locally KNBC here in LA has required their TV newscasters to wear dark colored suits or sportcoats. Light colors don't show up too well on TV. The Bright lights from the set bleach them out. White works well on TV as does light blue. Stripes or checks don't come out well even on HD TV's.
Once-upon-a-time, white shirts were verboten on TV because the cameras used would depict mainly glare.
 

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I am sorry but maybe I did not make myself clear. For the past several years I have not seen men wearing all white shirts. Both NYC and London you see colored, stripes, contrasting collar and cuffs but not all white. Now all of a sudden white is back. Thanks for the info on NBC. Thats what made me ask the question. Because years ago you could not use white. The only place that I saw most men wearing white shirts was at the restaurant "Daniel" in NYC.
 

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Every season the Designers like Armani, Polo,Kiton, Borrelli, Brioni, Charvet and the others seem to pick a color or pattern and say this is the color we want to push. Subsequently you will see more lavender shirts one year, or yellow, or melon, or stripes or checks. But White is always the go to shirt.
 
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