Ultimate Guide To Buying Men’s Shirts

So many cool things are topless. The beaches of Italy, the showgirls in Las Vegas and the Porsche 911 are a few of our favourite things that come without tops. We wish we had the time, money and the resources to live the topless life of fast cars and hot women, but the reality is that we are bound by tops…and shirts. Shirts practically run our lives. We have to wear them to work, to play and everywhere in between because that whole “no shoes, no shirt, no service” thing is real.

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Choosing The Fit

Probably the most important aspect of choosing a shirt (or any wardrobing) is making sure it fits properly. There’s more to a shirt than getting it on and getting it buttoned. From the collar to the cuff a lot of attention needs to be paid to make sure you aren’t out here looking crazy.

  • Neck: Wrap the measuring tape around the base of your neck, right where it meets your shoulder. If you want a snug collar, record the number as is. However, if you prefer a looser fit, put one finger under the tape and then record.
  • Chest: Take this measurement right beneath your armpits. Make sure you’re circling the widest part of your chest and shoulder blades without squeezing the tape too tight.

Pick The Color Of Your Shirt

Different colors are better suited for particular engagements, jobs, etc. If you have a high-level business position, you will want to wear a different color than if you are participating in a casual, social gathering.

  • For a job interview, the traditional choices are conservative colors. White is the preferred color among business types. Off white, light gray, or light blue are also safe colors to choose from. First impressions at job interviews are key, so you will want to look professional without making a "splash."
  • If you are looking to project a more lively image at a party or bar, choose bright or unconventional colors. Bright greens and oranges are relatively popular, as is pink. While you might not want to turn off the people you are hanging out with, you do want to stand out among the crowd.

The Classic Fit

The classic fit is likely what your father and grandfather wore. It is characterized by a traditional tailoring silhouette, allowing a comfortable fit with a boxier shape, with plenty of fabric in the sleeves and the body. It provides great mobility and features two pleats on the back, usually located near the yoke.

Since men in the mid-20th century would never wear a shirt without a jacket (or even a vest), the main priority was comfort. This is the go-to choice for those with a more classic style who favor comfort over fashion.

If you regularly wear shirts with a jacket, this is probably the best fit for you because it is the most comfortable. It can be overwhelming on thinner frames, but if you have a rounder stomach, this is the most comfortable and most flattering style for your body shape.

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