2 Steps to Looking Sharp
“The Joy of Dressing is an Art”
Just like a lady’s Little Black Dress, shirts are an undeniable staple in every man’s wardrobe. At least, they should be.
There are a lot of shirts available in the market. From affordable brands such as G2000 to higher-end retailers such as Ben Sherman alongside departmental stores offering the best of the best, it’s easy to get lost in all the options available.
From smart casual Oxfords to sleek dress shirts, we break down the things you should look for when purchasing and investing in a shirt.
Whether you’re planning on purchasing a new pair of trousers or brand new suit, fit is always the most crucial aspect when buying an article of clothing. Many can agree that a good quality shirt that fits nicely to your body is a better investment than spending a fortune on a higher-end brand that doesn’t fit well.
A well-fitted shirt has clean lines, flatters the body and doesn’t result in any unsightly billowing and bunching of fabric at the torso which can result in looking tacky and sloppy.
Most retailers have to fit the demand of catering to a wide range of audience. Hence, it’s tricky to find a shirt that is made and fits well.
Be prepared to try a wide range of sizes. Most retailers now offer a wide array of cuts outside of the normal regular/slim range that promises a better fit and is worth checking out.
The most important things to look out for when purchasing your next shirt would be the shoulders and the torso.
A general rule of thumb for gauging whether your shirt is too big or too small in the torso is that it shouldn’t billow from your trousers when you tuck it in. Additionally, it shouldn’t feel tight around your chest or pulls on the sleeve during movement.
Another thing to look out for is your shoulders. It’s easy to spot a shirt that doesn’t suit the person wearing it by the shoulders.
The aim is to ensure that the end of the shoulder and the start of the armhole (aka armscye) rests right where your shoulder ends. Any lower will usually result in longer sleeves and a sloppy ensemble, and any higher would result in an uncomfortable shirt.
Looking for the perfect dress shirt isn’t a hard task to manage, just know what to look out for and you’re set to finding the best one.
Good luck and happy hunting!
What do you look out for when purchasing your shirts? Leave a comment!