How Do You Buy Dress Shirts?

We can acknowledge that purchasing a dress shirt can be daunting. Men’s stores can be congested, and buying online can be a game of chance – unless you know precisely what you need. A dress shirt is generally expensive; so, you would want to be sure you get the right one. But do you know what you should look for when buying a dress shirt? 

This “Men’s Article: How do you buy dress shirts?” will provide you with the information you need to ensure that you choose the right dress shirt.

Step 1: Determine your size

First, you should measure yourself to get a dress shirt that fits you perfectly. Most dress shirts are dimensioned with a neck/sleeve combination of numbers, which you can determine this way:

• Measure your neck’s circumference by taking the measurement low on your neck, where the collar rests, and add a quarter-inch to the measurement for breathing space.

• Round the circumference of your neck to the nearest half-inch

• Ready-made shirts will not be sized any more accurately than that. Record the collar size.

• Determine the length of the sleeve by holding your arm lightly on your side. Start measuring from the nape of your neck and go all the way down to the top of the arm at the end of the wrist.

• Round the sleeve length to the nearest inch and record the measurement.

These two numbers will be your off-the-rack dress shirt size. Most shirts list the size of the neck first and then the sleeve length. The sleeve length is usually given a short-range. So, a standard tag reads something like “14 ½ 33-34,” for a shirt with neck size of fourteen and a half inches and a sleeve length of about thirty-three or thirty-four inches.

If you want to buy a custom shirt, you might want to use a more exhaustive measurement guide that considers the chest, waist, and other measurements, such as the ones used when buying a tailored suit.

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Step 2: Distinguish the shirt you want

Choose a fabric:

• Seersucker – This fabric is light, bumpy, and summer-weight (casual)

• Herringbone – A rough weave with clear “V” shapes

• Poplin – A smooth fabric with a light, loose weave

• Oxford – a simple, strong weave with light bumps in on the surface

• Broadcloth – a smooth, firm, and high-quality weave (usually expensive)

• Royal oxford or pinpoint – a smoother and lighter oxford (more costly)

• Egyptian cotton – this does not refer to any type of weave but the cotton utilized to make the fabric. It is a more desirable type of cotton for its longer staples that enable it to be weaved into smaller, stronger threads finer.

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There are other dress shirt fabrics available, but these are the most popular. Feel free to discover other options – these are an excellent starting place.

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Choose a collar style:

• Tab – This is a point collar kept closed with tabs below the collar, only worn with a tie.

• Pin – It is a point collar kept closed by a distinct metal pin, only worn with a tie.

• Mandarin – a hard collar that does not fold down

• Club – an unusual style of rounded collar, instead of pointed

• Spread – A wider point collar that has points that are more than ninety degrees apart.

• Point – a standard turndown shirt collar

• Button-down – strong but casual; not excellent for formal business encounters.

Choose a cuff style

• Single French – a single cuff fastened with cufflinks; infrequent outside of formal shirts

• Double French – A doubled cuff style sealed with cufflinks rather than buttons

• Single barrel – the most usual style, with a plain buttoned cuff

• Double barrel – an unusual doubled cuff style with fitted buttons

Choose a color or pattern.

• Vivid patterns or bright solids – social or casual wear only.

• Light-colored solids – comfortable business shirts

• White with light stripes or check – characteristic business formality

• Plain white – high standards of business formality

Choose a monogram if offered or desired.

The combination of fabric, collar, cuff, and color or pattern should narrow down your dress shirt choices significantly. You will be much prepared for shopping if you can tell the salesperson that you want a white striped Egyptian cotton dress shirt with a double button cuff than when you tell them that you want a dress shirt.

Step 3: Choose your source

Choose the type of construction and tailoring you want:

• Ready-to-wear (pre-sized off the shelf)

• Made-to-measure (a pre-made pattern sized specifically for you)

• Bespoke (entirely custom made; usually expensive)

Choose the type of store.

• Online (you send your measurements and payment; they ship your shirt

• Bespoke tailors (custom construction and design)

• Menswear chains

• Department stores

Step 4: Do the Shopping

• Head to your target store

• Identify a shirt that fits your chosen description.

• Within that selection, get a shirt that fits your measurements.

With this information, you can be able to choose a dress shirt that suits you best at a cost you would like.

If you would like a fitting dress shirt that will give you an intuitive look, I would recommend that you go for the Noir with Swarovski.

The Noir with Swarovski is a dress shirt with a white, double infused collar that represents contrast. It has a whipped mother of pearl buttons and a Swarovski crystal that represent refined nature and attention to detail. The material is lightweight and wrinkle resistant. The shirt is ultra-soft and smooth in its construction.