The shirt is, of course, an essential part of every man’s wardrobe. But most men don’t have infinite resources to buy clothes from, so what are the dress shirts you should focus on when you build your wardrobe? And how do you go about making sure that they fit? (Really, for the second question, a custom dress shirt is most likely the best option. If you’re intrigued by this method of looking good, try heading to ShirtsMyWay.com.)
To help you with your search, here are a few rules to remember when buying shirts:
1. Know your body. Be sure to choose a shirt that compliment your conformation. A shirt can easily make you look larger or thinner depending on your body type and choice of shirt. If your build allows it, then go for slim fit/cut models. A well-fitting shirt suits any man, but beware a shirt that doesn’t fit well as it can make you appear sloppy, overweight, both or worse.
2. The collar, is one of the most overlooked factors of a shirt. A lot of young guys wear their shirts open and without a necktie. That means they don’t check if the collar actually fits, so when they finally need to wear a tie they realize they can’t button it. It is important to have an eye for the spread of the collar. The spread is the gap between the points of the collar. The spread on the collar should correlate with your body’s build – the broader you are, the wider the spread should be. Easy, right?
3. Fabric. There can be a big difference depending on what fabric a shirt is made of: cotton, synthetics, blends, linen, etc. For example, it may be a good idea to search for shirts in linen, if it is to be worn in warmer climates.
Essential shirts: You must have these in your wardrobe.
Now that that has been handled, we can go over the most important shirts a man should have in his wardrobe:
The White Dress Shirt
The white shirt is a classic and will always be. it is as versatile as anything possibly can be – it goes with practically everything. Make sure you have a minimum of two white shirts in your wardrobe simply because they’re so versatile. But, try to get them in different variations (different collars, color buttons, etc.).
The Light Blue Dress Shirt
Another classic is the light blue shirt. Like the white shirt this one suits nearly any other item of clothing. It also goes with all skin tones and hair colors. You should go for at least one, but two variants of a light blue shirt will probably serve you better in the long run.
The Dark Blue Dress Shirt
Navy Blue – The dark blue shirt looks great over a pair of dark grey or black pants. Even jeans, if you avoid blue washes. One version of this shirt is all you need to start with.
The Black Dress Shirt
The black shirt, like navy blue, is a shirt to set you apart from the rest of the pack. White and light blue are great, don’t get me wrong, but just think about how many guys you saw wearing those colors the last time you were at happy hour. A black shirt goes great with a pair of light gray or khaki pants. One black shirt should fit your needs.
The Gingham Dress Shirt
Those who want to branch out further should try their hand at prints like this checkered shirt: the gingham checkered shirt. It’s a great print to start with. This type of check is pretty damn versatile too; it goes with most of the other clothes you own if you keep the color palette simple. I’d say one or two gingham checks is good. Definitely in two color families if you wear a lot of color normally.
The Striped Dress Shirt
Last but not least is the striped shirt. The rule for striped shirts is as follows: choose colors that are versatile and not too bold – that way you can’t go wrong. There’s no need for your stripes to speak louder than your suit. One or two versions of this shirt should be enough. Follow the same rules as you did for the gingham to choose how many striped shirts you need.
Of course, no matter what color or style you choose, the fit is really king. An impeccably fit white shirt will wipe the floor with a sloppy stripe any day of the week.
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