“Style is way to say who you are without having to speak”
Gone are the days when men’s shirt was hidden beneath sweaters, jackets and suits. Today, the shirt is one of the most important factors in men’s outfit. It’s amazing how a shirt can be a single piece that represent man’s unique formal or casual look. The shirt can enhance the way suit or sport jacket looks or it can stand alone and be the centerpiece of an outfit. In the absence of a suit jacket, man’s dress it is the most powerful non-verbal communicator. As many people will draw their opinion based on looks, it is a direct image of personality and style.
Let’s dive in into the discussion about the shirt’s body and components. As it is not feasible to cover every alternative, we will address the most important elements of the shirt. Keep in mind, style is very personal and dependent on one’s taste. We will address basics and how they influence the way a shirt is build and perceived. Whether you’re having a ready-to-wear shirt or a custom tailored shirt these tips are here to help you with your choices.
When looking for a shirt, avoid purchasing a shirt that is poorly fitted or makes you look larger than you really are. Your best choice would be to get a custom shirt that is made with your exact measurements.
Everyone needs one or two dress shirts. Plain colors work great for work and formal occasions. For the rest, choose light patterns and colors. Dress shirts should still be in light pastel and white colors. Keep in mind that both stripes and checks will work great for most occasions.
Are you in need for an evening casual wear? Then, casual collared shirts is what you are looking for. Patterns are ideal for casual and summer shirt. They have the same basic cut as a dress shirt, but a bolder pattern and color. These shirts will go well with gray wool slacks and blue jeans. Do not neglect plaid and gingham styles, as they will work well for smart and casual looks. Have you thought about striped, deep colors such as red or purple? They are all good options for casual collared shirts. Double collar shirts are popular these days. They look both stylish and sharp. It might be tricky to pick the right tie to match it. When looking for a tie, make sure that it matches both the shirt and contrast collar. Generally speaking, more expensive shirts are made from of more durable fabrics, ensuring better quality and they tend to wear better and last longer.
Contract fabric for collar and cuffs is one of the most appealing ways to spice up your long sleeve dress shirt. Contrast fabrics is collar and cuffs. By incorporating this simple detail to the dress shirt, it makes it unique and eye catching. Making slight alteration using contrast fabric will add distinctive stylish character to your style. The dramatic color effect is eye catching
Contrast fabric could be styled in full or inner way. Contrast fabric could be added to the entire collar and cuff or simply by adding fabric to the base shirt. For the inner collar and cuff fabric lining, an extra an extra layer of a distracting fabric is sewn on the inside of the collar and cuffs. This styling technique makes shirt unique and inviting. The most popular colors used to achieve this contrast is a white fabric used on the collar and on a blue dress shirt, stripes permitting. This is a great way put together a custom made dress shirt.
Dress Shirt Fit
Did you notice, that most men will wear ill-fitted dress shirts that do not fit them properly? Simply put, they are uncomfortable. For the shirt to feel, look and to wear well, consider taking it to the local tailor or ordering a custom dress shirts. As a result, generally speaking, a good close fit is achievable for a custom made shirt. The main advantage of the custom shirt that is it comfortable. Their fits could be adjusted. Thin men are complimented by a slim fit shirt designs; larger men prefer looser fit. A step forth towards a more fashionable approach, the slim fit has been gaining adepts and recognition with a younger audience. This creates younger and trendier look.
Keep on reading to get an overview of general shirt fitting tips. For the well fitted collar, allow two finders in the collar when buttoned. Sleeves should be long enough, so that when you your arms, cuffs should not pull down the forearm. At the same time, they should be short enough that no more than one inch of shirt fabric is showing near the cuff when arms are hanging. Around the wrist, it should be tight enough so that the cuffs must be unbuttoned to slip off. Shoulder points should not extent no further that the end of the shoulder. Depending on the fit desired, the shirt should have room in the chest and waist to pinch out one to three inches of fabric.
Casual and Dress Shirt Colors
Let’s cover dress shirt colors in more details. Historically, white shirts was the only choice for a gentleman to own. It is still immensely popular and is the most common shirt color. It signified that a man did not do dirty work. Men used to wear colored shirts to hide stains. White is the king of shirts for formal wear. Its popularity has safely placed it among the iconic garments a man can wear. Regardless of an occasion, a man can safely assume a white shirt will provide a dapper, respected, and stylish look.
Blue colored shirts come second. They complement most men’s complexion. Significant amount of off-the rack shirts are manufactured in in this color. It is a safe alternative to white. Not surprising, most man’s dress shirt collection is comprised of both white and blue colored shirts. Multitude of colors are available for a man who is willing to branch out and brave more colors. Such colors as red, lavender, salmon, off-white, navy, blue and burgundy shirts are available to compliment and set apart man’s build and complexion.
The most common patterns for shirts designed are solid, check and stripe. The main purpose of solid pattern is to display garment’s style and fit. White is the most versatile and simplest pattern form. To find out fabric’s true nature, one needs to take a close up look. Depending on a personal preference, it could be herringbone, poplin or white twill. How about striped pattern? Classic blue on white will look great on everyone. Try to add accent colors like red or salmon to highlight the face hues. Check patterns are a lot of fun to wear. It is important though to remember to not mix like patterns. What will make a great combination is checkered shirt with a solid suit or sport jacket. Keep in mind, that this pattern should be worn with caution in business as it is the least formal pattern.
Collar and Cuffs
Collar is the most visible part of a shirt, and it determines its formality. A collar’s job is to properly frame man’s face, and to accentuate facial strengths. Let’s go over the basic collar types. Over 90% of off-the-rack dress shirts have point collar. It is the most common collar style in the US. As the collar’s elongating effect, the point collar is mostly suited for a man with round facial features.
Cutaway or spread collar is the second popular collar style. These reveal more of the upper shirt area and leave room for larger tie knots. Spread collars come in a variety of widths. They range from moderate ones, to more extreme versions that are also horizontal. Spread collars look best on thin man with long facial features. At the same time, men with round faces should avoid these collars.
It is a single cuff that is wrapped around the arm and is buttoned into on place. They can be adjustable with two buttons side-by-side. Some will have two buttonholes. There any many varieties of cuts and button positioning.It is a single cuff that is wrapped around the arm and is buttoned into on place. They can be adjustable with two buttons side-by-side. Some will have two buttonholes. There any many varieties of cuts and button positioning.
Right after the shirt collar, shirt cuffs that catches the eye when a jacket is worn. They can be button or French cuffs. French cuffs is the most formal option. It is a double cuff, folded back and fastened with cufflinks. It gives the man fashionable and distinctive look. Cufflinks must always be worn at all times. French cuff is a fantastic choice for any formal event, and it is also suitable for daily wear in industries like business, finance, and law.
Most ready-made shirts will have button cuffs. It is a single cuff that is wrapped around the arm and is buttoned into on place. They can be adjustable with two buttons side-by-side. Some will have two buttonholes. There any many varieties of cuts and button positioning.
Last but not least, a few words on dress shirt buttons. If you have an option to pick, go for the Mother of Pearl buttons. They are not really made from pearls, but from a high quality plastic that will withstand year of laundering and wear. These buttons will not crack or disintegrate easily, and are available through higher end clothing companies.
Dress Shirt Fabrics
How about dress shirt fabrics? Hands down, cotton has been the fabric of choice for centuries. Two-ply cotton fabric is what you would want for the fabric that will be hugging your body all day long. It provide excellent breath-ability, smoothness, durability, and an ability hold shape. Synthetic fabrics tend to be not as durable as cotton. That being said, they are wrinkle and stain resistant, they are growing in popularity among menswear. With their help, custom casual and dress shirts became affordable. It is a viable alternative for price conscious customer. As a general rule of thumb, we do not recommend shirt fabrics with more than 50% synthetic fiber content.
Depending on you style, dress code, and personal preference, we can craft shirts to fit your unique needs. With dress, casual, solid and patterned options, our shirts are designed to enhance your style!