Choosing the perfect shirt is one of those tasks that’s easier said than done. There’s so much to consider from colour to style and fit. Whether you’re a fashion-conscious guy or not, you’ll want to look your best for work and leisure too. Perhaps you haven’t found a shirt that you love yet? There is a particular knack to choosing the perfect shirt, let’s take a look.
Get the fit right
Plenty of guys will estimate their size and get it wrong. An ill-fitting shirt ruins your look and gives off the wrong impression. You’ll be looking shabby and unprofessional at work if your shirt is too big or too small. It’s best to measure your size yourself or have a tailor or salesperson do this for you. Custom made clothing is ideal to achieve the perfect fit. If you don’t want to go custom made, just ensure that you get the exact measurements and are only purchasing shirts that completely fit- no compromises!
Which fit is best?
When you’re choosing the perfect shirt, you’ll want to decide the fit that suits you best. A slim fit shirt is better for athletic men; these are very flattering if you’re a slim build. Trying to pull off one of these if you don’t have a slim build can be a bit of a fashion mistake (so be realistic)! A normal fit shirt is great for guys who are a little more muscular, while the loose fit is great for those with a broader and fuller torso.
Fabric is everything when it comes to shirt buying; you’ll want to find something that feels great on your skin and looks good too! An ethical choice is a shirt made of hemp, and these can be really durable also. Fine cotton shirts feel great against the skin and are generally preferred over polyester or nylon shirts. Linen can be a great go-to for the summer months when you want to keep cool. The best thing to do is try on a range of fabrics to suss out which one you like best.
When it comes to choosing the right shirt, you’ll want your shirt cuffs to be about one inch longer than your jacket sleeves. There are a few different types of shirt cuffs so you’ll want to choose the style that stands out to you the most. French cuffs are longer than regular cuffs, and they are generally supposed to be paired with cufflinks and folded back. Barrel cuffs are more formal and provide a sophisticated look. Most men like button cuffs which are probably the most casual. Choosing the right cuffs will largely depend on your style preferences.
Once you’ve got the right shirt, you’ll need to know how to keep your shirt tucked in! There’s nothing worse than ruining your look by appearing a bit scruffy! Choosing the colour depends on personal preference, but you’ll get to know what suits you. Brighter colours are great for those party occasions when you want to make a statement. When choosing a shirt for work; neutral whites or blues can be an excellent go-to to create a professional look.