The Man’s Guide to a Shirt

No man’s wardrobe is ever complete without a nice shirt. Some may need to wear a shirt every day while others may wear it only occasionally. But while the right shirt can take your look to different levels, the wrong shirt can do the exact opposite to your appearance. With the deluge of men’s shirts online and in the market, one must resist the urge to buy whatever shirt comes first on the rack. The proper fit and a whole lot of other things make a shirt right for you. Find out if you are aware of all those things.


Men’s dress shirts come in slim and regular fits. While regular fit shirts are the industry standard, slim fits usually suit lean men or those with an athletic shape. Dress shirts shouldn’t be too tight and they shouldn’t billow at the shoulder or at the waist either. The best option is to get shirts tailored, and if that isn’t possible, then the size chart should be considered very carefully. The length of the shirt should be right and the cuffs should end at the proper place.


A classic men’s Oxford shirt can come with different types of collars. Men must be careful to choose collars that suit the shape of their faces, since collars draw attention to the profile. Narrow collars should be chosen by men who have round faces, while wide collars are good for men whose faces are long.


Men’s long sleeve shirt usually has sleeves that end at the wrist. Formal shirts are always long sleeved, while their casual counterparts have shorter sleeves, usually preferred in warmer climes. While getting a shirt made or buying one, care must be taken to measure the sleeves properly, since sleeves that are either short or longer than expected both look unflattering.

Colour and pattern

Shirts can vary greatly in colours and patterns. Dress shirts in white or other muted hues might be more suited for formal situations, while richer hues and checks and patterns are also acceptable at semi-formal to everyday occasions. Men’s printed shirts are also good for casual wear and look great when paired with chinos, cotton trousers, or even denims. One must always be careful to choose colours that suit their skin tone, and their shape when choosing stripes or checks.


There are a number of materials from which shirts are made, ranging from pure cotton to silk and polyester. Cotton and linen shirts are comfortable but wrinkle easily and also shrink upon washing, while polyester may not always be skin-friendly but is easy to maintain. Silk is more expensive and provide a smooth, lightweight shirting experience. The weather must be kept in mind while choosing the material.

A good shirt enhances the appearance of a person instantly. When all the above criteria are sorted, choosing the right shirt becomes a lot easier.

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