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Your Guide To The Perfect Business Shirt

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The perfect business shirt is one of the many essential ways to make a good impression. Either at work or play. A dress shirt can elegantly frame your face during a dinner date, presentation and later absorb any unwanted perspiration during a tough day at work. A high-quality and correctly fitting business shirt can play a supporting role simply by enhancing a jacket or it can stand alone as the centerpiece of an outfit. A typical shirt for business purposes can range drastically in price from just a few dollars here to several hundred dollars there. However, we are sure that you’re currently asking yourself, ‘why would I want to read an article about shirts?’. The answer is simple because high-quality and finer details matter.

By wearing a shirt, you are giving out one of the biggest fashion and personal signals to those around you. You may wish to cover it up with a jacket, but in the absence of a smart jacket, your shirt tells others about you, without even communicating. Your shirt is speaking for you, so make sure it’s telling those around you, only good things. So how can your business shirt speak highly of you? It’s simple! Let’s take a look at a handful of factors you should consider when purchasing your next business shirt.

1. It’s time to get fit.

No, we’re not talking about heading down to the gym, we’re talking about your shirt. Most men wear shirts that just do not fit them correctly. The problem with shirts that are not tailored or measured, means they are designed primarily to fit many different shapes. As a result of this, they, unfortunately, don’t fit anyone correctly. A well-fitted business shirt should firstly be comfortable, and secondly, it should compliment your shape. Larger men can have their shape complemented by a much looser fit while smaller or thinner men can compliment their body shape with a form cut.

2. Don’t get hot under the collar.

  • Your shirt should be just tight enough around your wrists so that the shirt’s cuffs can still be unbuttoned and rolled up if needed.
  • Your shirt should have long enough sleeves in order for you to raise your arms without pulling the cuffs down your forearm. Your sleeves should be short enough to prevent less than 1 inch of fabric scrunching and bunching up near the cuff when you allow your arms to hang by your sides.
  • Your shirt’s shoulder points should extend only to the end of your shoulder and no further.
  • Your shirt should have room in the both the waist and chest area. To check, you should be able to pinch between 1 to 3 inches of fabric.

The purpose of your shirt’s collar is to frame your face. It’s one of the most visible parts of a shirt if you choose to wear a jacket and due to its proximity to your face, it plays a very significant role in determining the level of formality and use of your shirt.

Point Collars
One of the most common styles of collar is known as the point collar. It can be found on up to 95% of most off-the-rack business shirts, it’s fashioned in such a way that the collar points are somewhat close together with the overall collar angle being at around 60 degrees. The overall advantage of this particular style of collar is that longer, close-set points are able to draw the eye down, this tactic elongates the face.

Spread Collars
The second most popular style of collar is known as the spread collar. The points of these collars are cut-away, which reveals more of the upper shirt area. Spread collars are ideal if you have a medium or long shaped face.

3. Control your cuffs.

Besides the importance of your shirt’s collar, the cuffs are the next visible parts of your shirt if you choose to wear a jacket. Cuffs can be divided into two varieties, French (formal) and button (casual or formal).

Button Cuffs

Button cuffs are fashioned to wrap around the arm before being buttoned into place. These cuffs are the most common with ready made shirts. Button cuffs may also come with a single button or can be adjustable, with two buttons placed beside one another. Button cuffs may also feature a small button on the side of your sleeve, this can often be situated between the cuff and the end of the cuff opening. This button is intended to prevent that specific area from opening and exposing your wrist.

French Cuffs

French Cuff Shirts

French cuffs are one of the most formal options when it comes to cuffs. Nevertheless, they are still perfectly fine to wear for daily use and at work. A French cuff is a form of double-cuff, which is simply folded back and fastened using cufflinks in order to create a distinctive appearance. With French cuffs, cufflinks must always be worn.

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