Living: It's Hip, It's Safe, It's Back

Riding high on a conservative tide, the white shirt returns

Post-preppies hang them loose over blue jeans. Club-hopping Angelenos sport them with black sweat pants, tennis shoes and a man's oversize blazer, while budding Wall Street aces tuck them under red suspenders. Corporate CEOs never took them off. They're chic; they're hip; they're the very cutting edge of fashion. And they look great with a tan. Please welcome that old standby, and new mainstay, white shirts.

Long derided as a symbol of button-down regimentation fit for only a nerd or an IBM lifer, white shirts are back in style. At Wilkes Bashford, San Francisco's tony clothiers, sales have boomed as executives...

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