The Shirtmaker

Greetings BusiChic!

If you are based in Melbourne like I am, I hope that you’ve had a fabulous long Cup weekend! I went away myself and have just realised that Monday’s post did not go up; so thank you if you did visit and my apologies for there not being a fresh new post for you!

I hope the freshness of today’s BusiChic featuree makes amends. I spotted John on my way home from the city where I’d been scouting for business chic workers to photograph. To my surprise I bumped into these smartly-shirted fellow right at the start of the street I live in; shall we take a look at his ensemble?

Prints at work – love how John works it!


All logic says that this clashing of prints doesn’t work but John makes it so

John’s quite obviously a creative but the way that he’s toned down his loudly clashing printed shirt and tie with staple pieces in safe shades of tan, got me thinking – why don’t blokes wear more fabulously printed shirts at work? I heard a rumour that my friends at Limedrop will be tying up their line of vibrant and original printed shirts for men soon which makes me SAD. I personally think that there are some fabulous blokes in the workplace who could break all rules with a corporate suit by accessorising smartly with a cloudly printed shirt. Ideally wearer would also have top-notch personality to accompany said shirt.

Anyhow, it was lovely to get this reply from today’s featuree John in response to my email asking for the details of his outfit:


Hi Cheryl,
First off, my shirt is one of my own, ( Charles Edward Master Shirtmaker),
Pants,vest, tie and shoes are op shop bought, the watch is a retro Swatch,
Glasses are old Ray Ban bought from DeMille antique shop on Crossley st.
Regards, John


That’d be right – John’s a SHIRTMAKER! A fabulous model of his own work, thank you John for allowing me to photograph your work ensemble. A great alternative to the conservative suit. For gents in more corporate environments who wish to wear a loud-print shirt, I’d suggest pairing with a skinny-leg/fashion-cut suit and most importantly, a waistcoat to keep the print well-behaved. Contrasting tie and feature sock are also welcome. If you wish to go to town with the look; employing a smart pocket square will certainly do the job!
What do you think of John’s look and loudly printed shirts at work?


  1. This is such a gorgeous outfit. I love that it’s a little bit quirky and playful but also really tailored and traditional. Excellent style. xx

  2. John’s outfit looks great! It’s lovely to see guys wearing clothes with a bit of personality.

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