On average men Options(20)’>spend around 12 hours a day in his shirt . It’s a long time, especially if the custom made shirts don’t fit well or are comfortable. Here are the main rules to follow, it will make things easier when buying your next dress shirt.
- The fabric you pick out can make you hot or cold. Cotton will provide you the best material since it is natural, is soft and will allow your body to ‘breathe’. On top of that, cotton shirts are also the ones that best absorb perspiration. It is possible to find fine-combed cotton that is so well woven that it will actually feel like silk. Remember to go for wrinkle free for future convenience.
- Know your shirt size. This does’nt only mean knowing if you are a small, medium or large fit! For a well fitting shirt, you need to know your collar size and the length of your arms or the sleeve size. The best way to do this is to go to a tailor and have them measure these for you. Pick a collar size that’s comfortable and you won’t suffer from an itching and red neck and your tie will even fit correctly.
- Choosing a collar for the occasion. Straight shirt collars go well for office use and other formal occasions. The curved shirt collars and button down collars work for both formal and informal occasions. Wide curved collars, collars with tabs holding them together and collars that appear like a band (i.e., no collar, really) are best for informal events and family occasions like outings. Similarly for the cuffs, the basic options are with button-down cuffs with fixed buttons and cuffs with a slit for cuff links. Do not wear cuff links unless you are also wearing a jacket.
- Examine the finishing. Check if the hem is even and nicely stitched. Look carefully at the joints of the collar with the torso, the arms with the torso and the button hemline and the cuff joints. The stitching should be straight and even, and the joints should meet neatly with no folds. Pull the sleeve out straight from the arm to see if any folds appear at the corners where the arm joins the torso of the shirt as these folds will not be apparent when the shirt sits flat.
- You can find men’s dress shirts off the hanger in stores, from catalogs and from tailors who make them to made to measure. Stores and catalogs usually offer shirts in standard sizes and you will need to really experiment to determine the brand and size that fits you best, aside from the other factors mentioned above. A custom dress shirt is the best and also the most expensive option.
Remember to give the fit of the shirt some thought too. You’ll be able to find all sorts of different fits such as slim fit dress shirts, loose fitting dress shirts, modern fit, etc.
When going for a ready to wear shirt – choose a ‘fitted’ cut rather than a standard cut. The fitted look will be more contoured and will compliment your body structure instead of looking like drapery from the back.