If, like me, ongoing quarantine has resulted in a Goodfellas rewatch or two for you, then you may also have been reminded of how off the charts the styling is in the film. Granted, they may commit murder for spilled drinks, but they sure do look good.
With the narrative beginning in the '50s and weaving through four decades and several sartorial shifts, there are plenty of rewind-worthy talking points when it comes to style. A particularly standout one, though, is the wild knit shirt rotations that are on display. It's a category that's still on-point today, too, with everyone from Stüssy to Lemaire serving up new iterations this season.
Knit shirts now firmly on the mind and our summer shopping agenda, we had a browse around the internet for some current highlights of this timeless top-half staple.
Shop our selection of the best knit shirts below.
Striped Knit Panel Shirt
Very close to one of the polos donned by Ray Liotta's Henry Hill in the film, Stüssy's piece is a personal favorite from this season's knit line-up. This panel shirt will no doubt please fans and previous non-fans of the California label in equal measure.
Knit Stripe Polo
Coming in colors straight from Henry Hill's mood board, this striped knit by Beams Plus is truly bellissimo.
Affordable retailers are thankfully on board with knit shirts, too, and that includes Urban Outfitters. Its own-brand edition is a budget-friendly piece that's the perfect antidote for when you get sick of wearing tees all summer.
Bearing resemblance to the knit polos that dominated American street style in the 1950s, this option comes courtesy of Venetian label Barena. A proud display of Italian craftsmanship that the Goodfellas would be proud of.
Christophe Lemaire knows how to do classic menswear. And here, he steps up to the knit shirt challenge and knocks it out of the park. The stunning jacquard knit in brown and white shades takes us to a more '70s-leaning aesthetic than previous selections.
Quite criminally overlooked by some today in favor of more baby-faced brands, John Smedley is the iconic English knit purveyor that should be a staple member of every wardrobe. This polo is unashamedly simple, and quality is proudly its best feature.
Ok, not strictly all-knit, but Telfar's addition is an example of how this classic look is being adopted and spun for modern use. A graphic cotton tee is married with a knit collar and knit detailing for a rather beautiful monster.
While the more breezy options by the likes of Stüssy above look built for necking cocktails on a Miami veranda, there's something more European about this earthy number by German label Falke. A good choice for layering on cooler evenings.
Degradé Linen Blend Lurex Polo
And finally, straight from Saint Laurent's SS20 collection, this pricey monochrome polo is for those as serious about polos as Joe Pesci is in Goodfellas about, well, pretty much everything. Funny how?
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