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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Perfect Shirt Fit

No matter what you paid for it, or how trim your torso. If the shirt doesn't fit properly, you're going to look like a schlump. Most men wear theirs a full half size too big. A blousy, billowy shirt is just as unflattering as a skin tight shirt.
While you may have your measurements memorized, the numbers don't always add up. No two manufactures shirts fit exactly alike. Try one before you buy it, take an honest look at yourself in the mirror  and follow these guidelines for finding the perfect fit. Even Better get your shirts custom-made.

The Torso:
There's a lot of middle ground between too loose and too tight. So, just Find it. The shirt should be snug in the chest, but not so snug that the fabric pulls between the buttons.

The Back:
For those guys who are beefier, they should get a shirt with boxed pleats or side pleats in the back. As it gives a little room without the extra volume.
For the guys with a slimmer builds, should opt for a fitted styles that contour down towards the waist.
Either way, the seams of the shirt should lie on the curve of your deltoids (the muscles behind your shoulders, the ones you'd work if you did push ups).

The Waist:
Sit down while you're wearing the shirt. It should skim your waist but leave just enough room to give when you're seated.

The Neck:
The golden rule hasn't changed. You should be able to comfortably fit two fingers in between your neck and the collar of the shirt when it's buttoned.

The Sleeves:
The Cuff of the shirt should fall in the crook between the base of your thumb and your wrist.

The Tails:
The tails should be long enough to lie under your rear end when you're seated.  That will prevent the shirt from riding up or coming untucked. It will also give you better posture.

Rules of Thumb:
* Shirts should never ballon when tucked into your pants.
* Buttons lie flat and fabric does not pull between them.
* Collar Fits snugly whether open or closed.

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Perfect White Shirt

Men who take their clothes seriously, have their white shirts custom-made. There is a reason for that. 
The right shirt is the cornerstone of a man's wardrobe. It is the pristine anchor for a formal suit and the crisp complement to a blazer and a pair of jeans. Think about it, retract the steps of style icons like Gianni Agnelli and J.F.K. 

Always remember that you want to have 100% Egyptian cotton with high thread count and ply. Select the style you want, the sleeves, placket, the collar, etc. However, keep the embellishments to a minimum. A custom made white shirt doesn't need pockets, and always to order more than ONE white shirt, because when you're scanning your closet at the crack of dawn for a fast way to look sharp, you'll be thankful that you still have another white shirt, while the other 3 are still at the dry cleaner.