SHIRT BASICS FOR THE MODERN MAN

The days of filling your office-ready wardrobe with simple styled, button down shirts in blue and white are over. Today, us men are savvy creatures who demand more from their shirts. We experiment with varied fits and bold designs, and as a result of this we are concentrating more on the finer details. What shape is the collar? Do I want Regular or French Cuffs? Do I suit Stripes or Checks? Here’s a few essential tips to get you on your way to finding the shirt that matches your own unique individual style.

Measurements

Every man should know their measurements. Don’t even bother purchasing a shirt without a salesperson first getting out the tape and measuring you. On top of that, it is a good idea to have your measurements checked every 6 months or so. We all know our body size can fluctuate from time to time.

tape-measure

tape-measure

Mix and Match

Instead of simply pulling off the first shirt you like from a rack and taking it to the checkout, try to keep in mind your wardrobe at home. What kind of suits do you wear? If you have mostly gray and navy suits, try to match them with coloured stripes and checks. For pinstriped suits you should aim for plain coloured shirts, either subtle or bold depending on your preference. One thing is for sure, no matter what suits you own, you can never go wrong with a few well-fitted white shirts.

Body Shape

It is important to choose the right shirt for your specific body shape. This can make the world of difference and really improve the overall look of your ensemble. Trim men with an athletic build should lean towards a slim fitted shirt that will contour down from their chest to waist. Men with bigger builds will look smarter and more comfortable in a regular or loose fitting shirt.

Collar

A good collar should work in conjunction with the shape of your face. They should feel comfortable whether open or closed. A wide collar will suit a more narrow shaped face, while a smaller, more pointed collar will look best with a rounder face.

shirts collars

shirts collars

These are just a few tips to get you on your way as you start your shopping. Stay tuned for more tips down the line, and remember that a great looking shirt can increase your confidence and set you apart from the crowd.