Many will say that without a shirt, no polished look is truly complete. Finding the perfect color, material, sizing, pattern, fit, etc. can be difficult let alone confusing with the amount of options. Luckily at Polished Threads, your search is made easy to narrow down to specific categories, colors, fits, etc. that we spoke of.
Knowing where to start or what type of shirt is needed can sometimes be the hardest part. So, let us break down some helpful dress shirt tips for you so that you’ll be a pro in no time when it comes to all things dress shirts.
Material is important because it provides comfort to the shirt that is being worn. Understanding the material that the shirt is made with also gives clarity on the production and quality of the shirt, which we all know is important. The most popular, and best option when it comes to shirt materials is cotton. The biggest thing about 100% cotton dress shirts is that they are breathable. So, if you’re dancing the night away at a wedding or giving the pitch of your lifetime at work, the absorbent and durability material of the cotton has always got your back.
Before we dive deep into the world of collars, we want you to take the classic collar test. Take two dress shirts that you own. One being brand new, and another being worn and washed before. Now, for the brand-new shirt, are you able to fit two fingers comfortably between the collar and your neck? If you answered yes, then you have the correct size! The test is generally the same for the worn and washed shirt, but testing with only one finger is necessary. Now that the sizing is settled, let’s discuss styles. Keeping in mind there are three important things to remember when it comes to collar styles: point, slope and spread. The pointis the distance from the neckband to the collar tips. The slope is the how high the collar is on the neck; and the spread is the measurement between the collar tips. Although there are multiple options and preferences for collars on dress shirts, there are a few styles that never go out of style. First, the button-down shirt, the most popular, casual and common of collar styles, the button-down is a staple for any busy businessman or the perfect addition to a special occasion dinner or function. If you’re looking for a more formal collar for a wedding or black-tie affair, then wingtip is the way to go. The wingtip collar is seen in classic tuxedo shirts and allows the collar to stick out to resemble “wings.” Pretty cool, if you ask us!
If you’re anything like us then the cuffs on your dress shirt is probably the last thing thought about. But, the type of cuff on the shirt actually has a rather large history, dating back to the 17th century. They also play major part of the whole style of the shirt. Plus, where else would you put your cufflinks? There are two main styles of cuffs that are geared towards different functions. The French Cuff is known as the more formal and dressy option. It is preferred to not be worn without a tie or suit. The French cuff has an extra length of fabric that folds on top of itself and is cuffed through pre-sewn holes and cufflinks. The straightforward and everyday cuff choice is the Barrel Cuff. Most will recognize the barrel cuff as the simple and classic cuff that provides a button and a buttonhole to secure the cuff. Again, each style is geared towards different situations and looks, but both provide brilliant and chic looks.
When it comes to choosing which dress shirt is right for you, a lot of it comes down to personal preference. That’s why Polished Threads offers such a range in all of these categories. We understand that today’s polished man has an act for style and fashion, wants to be on top of the trends and still find the perfect fit in a quality dress shirt.
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