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As the summer approaches, you will find yourself taking off that blazer or suit jacket and revealing your dress shirt. With that in mind it is imperative that dress shirt fits well. A dress shirt is not a regular shirt there are a lot of details to get right, from the collar to the cut of the torso. However, this task is not being rocket science because there are just 6 aspects of a dress shirt that determine whether or not it fits well.
Shoulder: The seam of the shoulder should meet at the corner of your shoulder bone.
Collar: You should know your measurements, especially neck size and arm length. A good way to tell if the collar fits well is that you should be able to comfortably fit one finger between the collar and your neck. If you can fit two fingers, the collar is too big.
Armholes: Should be high enough without causing restricted motion. Therefore if you are unable to tie your neck tie when your shirt is button the armholes are too tight.
Sleeve: Your sleeve should not be too tight or too baggy, it should allow natural motion. The same rules apply to armholes. The length should end where your palm meets your wrist, about a 1/2 inch past your wrist bone.
Torso: No matter what your shape, buy a shirt that closely fits your torso. Billowy folds only make you look bigger.
Here are two examples of how a dress shirt should fit.
My best advice is to purchase slim fit dress shirts rather than a classic fit. I have found some great affordable options at JCP and H&M. However, if you have a dispensable budget you can never go wrong with a custom dress shirt.
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22 4 / 2013
I am sure that you all have realized by now that I am a fan of tie clips, brooches/lapel pins, and pocket squares. Collecting these accessories have become one of my favorite past times. Over the past few months I have been collecting tie clips, especially Swank Tie Clips. However that discussion is for a later post. Today I want to discuss the use of incorporating accessories into your outfit. As men, I believe that there is a limit to the amount of accessories that we can use. Those accessories include tie clips, brooches/lapel pins, pocket squares, cuff links, bracelets, and a watch. Some might even consider briefcases, hats, and glasses as an accessory as well. With all of these options, I feel that there some rules that us men should obey.
Firstly, make sure that all the metals match. In other words If your tie clip is silver please do not wear a predominantly gold brooch/lapel pin. This also applies to your cuff links, bracelets, belt, and watch. Therefore when I get dressed in the morning I make sure that if my tie clip is gold all my accessories somehow complement each other. Secondly, no matter what the scenario or occasion always wear a watch. Who cares if you have the time on your phone, a good watch always completes an outfit. Therefore I believe a watch is the most important accessory a man can own. Lastly, the most important rule is to limit the amount of accessories you wear. I feel that the more complex and exciting your outfit is the less accessories should be worn, and vice versa. Not all ensembles need a lapel pin, pocket square, and tie clip combination. Sometimes just one or two out of the three is all you need to really look great and stand out subtly. However, when in doubt just remember that “less is always more.”
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