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Shirts for your wardrobe.
Shirts are a serious fashion statement. But before you get carried away with the fashion idea let’s look at the basic must haves. As you become a man, there are a few standard shirts you need to own and then some.
The White Shirt
A standard shirt needed by every man. No prints, patterns, coloured threads or buttons. A plain white dress shirt. Simple. Clean. Crisp. This is easy to accessorise. Add a silk tie for that formal event or go with a knitted tie for a more dress down event. Of course, you will be having a few job interviews and these are perfect for them. Plain white. Got it?
The Blue Shirt
Nothing exudes masculinity more than the colour blue. It’s a manly colour. For the standard piece you need a plain, light blue shirt. It’s easy on the eyes. Has a cool look and calming effect. Believe it or not, colours have a psychological effect on us. Remember that girl in the red dress. (You wondering which one.) Had it been a black dress, 9/10 times you wouldn’t have remembered it.
The Striped Shirt
This third piece is a personal preference. Why be ordinary when you were born to be extraordinary? This shirt gives you that confident but not cocky look. Makes your presence felt when you step into that board room. Optionally, you may want to add a light purple or beige coloured shirt as your third standard piece. For your standard pieces keep the hues light.
Now to build your wardrobe
Get items that are durable, distinct and dapper.
Darker shades actually look more pronounced on persons of light complexion. The intensity of this hue is just as suggestion.
It’s quite ok for a man to wear pink. This allows you to enter a room unnoticed but once they see you, they’ll keep staring. Light weight fabric, solid colour, perfect for summer evenings on the town. But perhaps you like being bold. Peach maybe?
So, now you have a little de l’argent (£££). It’s time to get some statement pieces. For this, I’ve turned to Grand Frank
. Prints are in and polka dots never get old.
Men normally purchase shirts based on collar size. This may range from 15 to 17.5. The collar size can be found on the inside of the shirt just next to or below the tag. In places like the UK, you may just see S, M, L or XL and no numbers. In this case you need to convert. The table below should help. You may also visit MR PORTER.
Know your size. If you don’t, speak with your tailor. This info will be needed especially when doing shopping online. Check for the reviews on the shirts as some shirts fit differently even if they are the same size.You must ensure that the collar fits snugly around your neck. Also, check the length of the arms as some are longer than others. As for the chest, the sizes differ a great deal, find your ideal fit. If you visit the actually store, fit the shirt before you leave. Please do.
The Slim fit
Can you identify the difference? Notice in Exhibit A how the sides taper and follow the curve of the torso. It hugs the chest and this gives a more fitted look. Normally for slimmer blokes but even if you’re a dad bod
you can still find fitted dress shirts.
In or Out
This is a never ending argument which really comes down to the type of shirt and the function you’re attending. Much of it is about your personal feelings as well. For a formal event, tuck your shirt in. If it is that you’re just going for a tour of your local art museum, then you may want to relax and wear it out.
Came across this interesting item of clothing. The shirt stay. This was invented by a guy in England to help keep your shirt from hanging over the belt. You can get rid of that untidy look with this simple implement. For a video on how it works visit sharp&dapper.
Until next time, always remember to do you. I end with the words of the iconic Sam Lambert, “Style is personal.”