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Boyfriend shirt?

It has long been a permanent fixture in the boardrooms of financial institutions but now the button-up business shirt is manspreading its way from the square mile to the high street – making the “boyfriend shirt” a must-have fashion item.

In the new Netflix Beckham documentary, Victoria Beckham endorsed the trend by choosing an XXL white shirt to wear for her at-home interviews.

Just as her husband’s 00s buzzcut inspired hordes of his fans to pick up the clippers, this time around the Beckham effect is causing trendspotters to seek out collars and cuffs for their autumn wardrobes. Proof of the rise of the boyfriend shirt can already be seen in retail figures. A spokesperson for John Lewis says sales of its £45 relaxed cotton white shirt have quadrupled week on week.

You’d be looked at very odd if you wore one of those in a boardroom. That’s a dress shirt. The double thickness to the fro0nt and the little tag to pin to the back of your cummerbund.

Yes, yes, we know, The Guardian, always wrong, about everything. But can’t they even do simple stuff like shirts?

16 thoughts on “Boyfriend shirt?”

  1. Presumably it’s a “boyfriend shirt” in the sense of “I went back to his place after meeting him at a black tie dinner, and my little black dress is now covered in stains and the shirt he was wearing last night is all I could find to wear. Oh and if anyone knows where my handbag went, I’d like that back too please.”

  2. She’ll have to change right after the interview, though, before her centimetre-thick makeup turns the collar orange.

  3. Just as her husband’s 00s buzzcut inspired hordes of his fans to pick up the clippers,

    Should have been a warning sign there and then. Football used to have positive male role models such as Vinny Jones or Stuart Pearce.

  4. before her centimetre-thick makeup turns the collar orange.
    For sure. The slap on women these days! Problem is, they all start to look the same. And of course, if you’re unfortunate enough to snag one & take her home, you’re in danger of waking up with what looks like a poorly shaved orang-utan.

  5. Actually, reminds me. We put a drunk one to bed in the spare room couple of weeks back. Obviously too colacada to get the slap off. State of the bedclothes!. Fortunately it was white cottons. Took two runs through the washing with extra whitener to get it out. If it’d been the satins they’d have been headed for the bin.

  6. Doesn’t make sense. The point of the boyfriend shirt is you find it in his wardrobe or his drawers (ooooh missus). You don’t have to buy it from John Lewis. If you do, you didn’t really have a real boyfriend at all, just that oh-so-perfect imaginary one.

  7. Well in many “modern” couples, lifting your boyfriend’s shirt could, perchance, have another meaning.

    And, of course, make sure the collar and cuffs match.

  8. It has long been a permanent fixture in the boardrooms of financial institutions but now the button-up business shirt is manspreading its way from the square mile to the high street

    “Manspreading” is the sign that the writer doesn’t like it. If she did, she would have said that Victoria was smashing the patriarchy through clothing or somesuch.

  9. I looked at that picture, and until I read the text I assumed it was Meghan out of Harry and Meghan,

    I feel old.

  10. Paul – the one with the sedimentary layers of Oompa Loompa makeup is Posh Spice.

    The skinny-latte coloured one who’s tired of ginger pubes in her teeth is called Bipolar Spice or something.

    I’m jealous of the Victorians, because they had much better celebrities than we do. Heat Magazine in 1887 must’ve been lit,

  11. The skinny-latte coloured one who’s tired of ginger pubes in her teeth
    Oh I doubt it Steve. Mr Hewitt has adopted the lifestyle of a California soyboy. Doubtless he waxes regularly. Or rather is waxed. Possibly by a Mexican transsexual.

  12. And I expect she charges a fortune for OWO. Probably beyond his means. He’s very much the junior partner in the relationship. Doubtless just gets pocket money. I’m sure she has much bigger fish to…er…fry.

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