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Men’s wear has come a long way. What used to be boxy is now slim fit and the way we wear them varies from user to user. What hasn’t changed very much is how men buy shirts online. There is a path-of-least-resistance mentality where clothes shopping for men is concerned, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for whatever the department stores are offering. The most important aspect of purchasing men’s dress shirts online comes long before you hit confirm. Research is the name of the game and you have two main options: go off the rack or buy made-to-measure.
Off the rack
Buying online is what 99% of men do currently. Likely because it is easy, fast, and generally cheaper than made-to-measure options. What’s more, brick and mortar stores allow the instant gratification of leaving with your purchase.
Men’s dress shirts are not one size fits all, and if you’ve ever tried one on, you know that it’s rarely even one size fits most. The process of visiting a department store, combing through the racks, and finally finding a shirt you like only to have it fit too long in the sleeve or flare a bit wide at the waist can be soul crushing. You likely end up trying on dozens of dress shirts only to end up with one or two possibilities worth considering. But you go through it because you want to look good.
Style is important. Whether you’re a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy or prefer to approach life in a manner befitting Barney Stinson, your style speaks volumes. Putting together a wardrobe consisting solely of off the rack options can be a long, arduous, task. It takes time to find the right color, the perfect fit, and the best fabric for the season. Sure, you leave the store with the dress shirt immediately – or can expect to have it arrive at your door in 3 to 5 business days – but at what cost?
Made-to-measure shirts are exactly what they sound like: custom shirts made to suit your tastes. You control the style, the fit, and design everything from the fabric used to the pattern that works best for your wardrobe. This allows you to get exactly what you want without sacrificing your sanity to get it. Furthermore, the advent of online shopping means you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home. No need to browse page after page of men’s dress shirts just to find one that you like. Create your own, place the order, and let the factory bring your vision to life.
You can’t wear your made-to-measure shirts right away, but good things come to those who wait.
Some made-to-measure retailers use subpar materials, fabrics, and patterns. Don’t fall prey to this tactic by doing your homework before going through with any order. Remember: when in doubt, check out what your peers have to say. They will likely praise the good, call out the bad, and leave a low rating on the ugly.
The shirt you choose says a lot about how you want to be perceived. If men’s fashion isn’t exactly your forte, you may want to check our trusty guide to make sure you’re sending the right signals at work, on dates, and in your day-to-day life with your dress shirt choices.
Slim fit shirts declare youth and vitality. They show confidence in one’s body, both in terms of physical form and overall presence.
Of course, slim-fit shirts aren’t the best men’s shirts for everyone. More generally, a shirt that is made to fit your body — whether you have a narrow frame or a barrel chest — is a sign of self-assurance and attention to detail. It sends the message that you care about how you look and you’re happy with yourself.
A bold print is also a sign of confidence. A well-chosen print shows your style and personal taste. It’s a way to send signals about your personality. For example, an old-school Hawaiian print shows a devil-may-care attitude, and a checkered pattern shows boyish charm.
If a print sounds a little too bold for you, you can get a similar effect with subtle details. Use a floral print inside your cuffs or on the inside of the collar, for example, to show a touch of taste and style without being too aggressive in your fashion choices.
Regular fit men's shirts have an additional inch of room throughout the body, giving them a more relaxed look and making them more comfortable for long hours at the office. It’s the tried-and-true foundation for some of the very best men’s shirts. The statement of a regular fit shirt comes in the details.
Is the shirt wrinkly? Does it hang too low on the shoulders and have sleeves that are half an inch too short? A regular fit shirt like this shows sloppiness, disinterest, and a lack of ambition.
But a regular fit shirt that is tailored to the man, one that has elegant lines and crisp fabric — a shirt like that shows sophistication, maturity, and stability.
Pinstripes, likewise, show sophistication. A high contrast stripe pattern signals ambition and sharp skill. It calls to mind the sharks of Wall Street in the 1980s. A softer pinstripe with more subtle lines shows classic taste and dependability, virtues that never go out of style.
A relaxed fit shows more interest in work than in fashion. By keeping things simple and traditional, a relaxed fit shirt makes it clear that you’re not here to mess around. And if you’re relaxed fit shirt is appropriately tailored to your neck, arms, and body, it can send a serious message while still making you look great.
Solid color designer men's shirts belong in every man’s closet. The particular color you choose sends signals about your personality.
- Blues and whites are traditional, modest, and humble.
- Pinks and purples are bold and forward-thinking. Traditionally feminine hues show confidence and masculinity, particularly when paired with a dark knit tie or a sharp jacket.
- Blacks and browns are rugged and outspoken. They tend to command attention.
- Pastels are easy going and friendly.
Make Your Shirt Style Your Own
Of course, these styles are far from the only options. At Original Stitch, you can customize every last detail of your shirt, creating over a billion possible options. The result is a hand-made shirt that says exactly what you’d like to say about your personality and goals.
Start designing your Original Stitch today.
No one wants to leave the house looking like a sloppy mess. Unfortunately, doing so is easier said than prevented. Most men don’t even realize that their pants are too long or that their shirts are too baggy. Here’s an easy way to tell if you fall into this category: the end of day check. Of course, you look good in the morning. Everything is tucked in and folded exactly where it needs to be. But how are you faring come end of the day? Are you feeling a little unkempt? Those trips past mirrored windows and polished steel making you a little less confident with each pass? Then you’ve got a problem. Loose fitting clothes are fine for certain occasions, but they should never cross the boundary into men’s dress shirts. Customized shirts help to keep you looking good all day long by taking your body measurements into account. This provides a few key characteristics you just don’t get with off the rack options.
If the shirt fits, wear it
Men’s dress shirts that come off the rack are fickle things. They can look great in store but go poorly with the pants, shoes, or tie you had planned to pair them with. There is no way to synergize off the rack gear with every piece you have in your wardrobe and that can make for a frustrating experience. Custom made shirts have a tendency to fit better because they’re tailor made for your body. This means they won’t be too long for the slim fit pants or have a collar too wide for the dressed down look you’re keen on. Bottom line: customized shirts are future proof barring any major changes to your physique.
Make your own shirt using high-quality materials
When you make your own shirt, you get exactly what you want. Not just by way of design – which we will discuss in a bit – but in terms of high-quality fabrics too. Choose the thickness of your shirt and plan for the weather in which you will likely be using it. Create your perfect summer shirt by using breathable fabrics such as cotton or stay warm in colder climates by going with a heavier blend. But don’t confuse the density of a shirt with its thread count. If you use bedsheets, and we sincerely hope that you do, then there is a good chance you’re familiar with the concept of thread count. Unlike bedsheets, however, men’s dress shirts apply the meaning to encompass the size of the thread, not the count per square inch. The higher the number, the finer the thread and softer the fabric.
Custom made shirts highlight your personal style
What’s better than a customized shirt tailor-made to fit your body? A customized shirt that you designed. Let’s be honest. A good fit only goes so far. Sure, you’ll look great, but putting a unique spin on things will make sure you feel great too. Round your collar, square your cuffs or pick the perfect pleat to fit your style. Add a splash of color to the inner placket or drop a monogram on the pocket. There is literally no wrong way to express yourself and, at Original Stitch, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Prom is a big day for budding youths all across America. It comes at a time when transitioning into adulthood is heralded by a huge celebration of peers. When it comes to choosing the right thing to wear, whether you’re male or female, the general consensus is go big or go home. Take it one step further by going straight colossal with a prom suit, tux, or blazer that’s made to stand out. Not sure how to do that? We got you covered.
Prom suits are, by definition, suits made specifically for prom. They offer a modern take on the regular suits you may wear to church or a wedding. That’s because prom suits tend to be a bit more customizable, which is perfect for a day where everyone is trying to outdo one another. A great way to complement prom suits are made-to-measure men’s dress shirts. Personalize your look even further by choosing the color, cut, collar style, cuff length and pretty much whatever else you want. Make the inner placket of your shirt match the color of your date’s dress or pocket square. Made to measure dress shirts give you control over exactly what you look like on the big day.
Tuxedos are the epitome of formal wear. They differ from prom suits in that they are usually accented in satin. You’ve probably noticed this strip of satin on a tux’s lapels, buttons, and the side of the pants. Going full on tuxedo is a classic choice that’s as classy as you want to make it. Like prom suits, they come in slim-fit, skinny, or tailored options, so the cut of your jib is really up to you. To keep with the perfect fit, you’re going to want to customize a couple of men’s dress shirts to see which you like best.
Unlike prom suits and tuxedos, blazers offer a laid-back option that can really help you stand out in a sea of over the top outfits. Pair a nicely cut blazer with slim fit chinos, roll them up, and go sockless. Or perhaps you’d rather throw on a maroon velvet number with a white dress shirt and checkered slacks. Either way, as long as you’re in a well-fitting ensemble you’ll be ahead of the curve.
Look, we all know that whatever you decide to wear will be #litaf. But why not add a bit of your own personal style to the mix? A customizable made to measure men’s dress shirt designed by you can do exactly that.
Buying a fancy or casual button-down shirt is the feeling of a lifetime for a man, especially if it’s fitted nicely to his physical proportions. Wearing a button-down that fits you is something every man feels is special.
It just is.
However, there tends to be one common flaw that many men fall trap too when starting out in the custom, made-to-measure shirt realm. Be it for the casual family gatherings or Friday night hang out with friends, most men have a hard time understanding the ways of the collar.
There is no denying that in every style of dress shirt the right collar is what could make it the most appealing amongst the simple color schemes and design of most men's attire. This article is here to make sure you don’t fall into a sense of improper fashion, and to understand the ways of the collar and how it fits into your dress shirt.
The Suit Test
Normally when a person thinks of dress shirts, they automatically assume that a suit needs to be worn alongside it. Although for most dress shirts, such as the common one color hue styles that contain the iconic spread collars, which helps to snuggle the tie when worn, not all can truly be used to fit into a suit jacket to suit as a whole.
With that mindset in mind when looking for the right collar when having it made-to-measure, be sure to keep in mind for the purpose of the dress shirt. Is it going to be used for business or casual wear? Having that thought be played out in your head would then make you want to think about the suit itself and how it would look, and down the spiraling thoughts and doubts, you go.
Yet fear not! For we have a few good recommended styles to ensure once you decide to head to your tailor, you know exactly what would be the best kind of collar for that dress shirt.
When a collar is mentioned as a spread collar, it usually means that the edges are meant to widen a little and as the name suggests itself, spread apart to create a “stretched” feeling to your neck when wearing a tie around it.
Most of the time, these spread collars are designed for suits, and although some use them for casual wear, it’s more recommendable to have the lovely tie be worn around it, as it creates a sense of formal quality as well as a professional, almost business, style of fashion.
Depending on the height and proportions of the body as well, there are at least three types of spread collars that can be used to perfect that look when wearing a dress shirt. The first one is the straight point spread, or the most commonly used spread collar as the edges or pointed downwards in a more vertical manner than horizontal. The more horizontal and widen styles of spread collars are known as semi-spread and cutaways, and these are inclined to be used depending on the structure of the person’s face.
With these in mind, spread collars are for the formal sense of fashion, as they make sure to have the tie be worn neatly around the neck area as it should and to provide that feeling of professionalism.
To put it simply, although button down can help to keep the tie in place as they are a lock system in that manner, button-downs are not to be used for the sense of formality, but rather for a casual session with friends and family. Button downs are used for the dress shirt that you know would make the cut in a suit, but with a simple jean or pant with pairs of casual shoes to boot.
The main purpose of a button-down collar is to keep the collar from flapping about when wearing it for casual wear as well as providing a youthful appearance. They are kept there in a nice and neat fashion that doesn’t require buttoning the last one or two buttons and have a sense of informality than a formality, which again the spread collars are meant to establish.
Whether you’re ordering your shirts online with the measurements already provided or heading to your tailor to get the measurements, choosing the right collar means everything in the dress shirt. It is what determines for what purpose it will be worn, and how it will be worn.
There is very little that a good best man and his fellow groomsmen won’t do to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch. They’re ready, willing, and able to facilitate your needs when wedding day jitters start to kick in. Whether that’s by lending a sympathetic ear, a shot glass, or some combination thereof. Reward their efforts with a gift they’ll be able to use a long time after you say, “I do”. A couple of made-to-measure men’s dress shirts made specifically for each one of your groomsmen.
Customizing Your Groomsmen To Look Their Best
Every strong friendship has a story to tell. You might not have met your best bud in a Step-Brother style situation, but your love for one another has lasted long enough for them to help you walk down the aisle. With that love and familiarity, you know exactly what they like and what they dislike. A made-to-measure men’s dress shirt gives you the opportunity to use that knowledge in a way your friends can really appreciate.
"Add their favorite color to the inside of the collar or monogram the cuff with a childhood nickname."
If you’re feeling particularly cheeky you could decorate the entire thing with their least favorite pattern just for a few laughs.
The Measure Of A Man Summed Up In One Shirt
Once your guys agreed to help you walk down the aisle they agreed to help you bring your wedding day vision to fruition. This is probably why they’re wearing hot pink vests. The least you could do is use their measurements to order a couple of custom fit men’s dress shirts they will actually like wearing. Not only can you customize each one to say something specific about the groomsman, but you can also make sure it’s the best fitting dress shirt in their closet. Just because it’s your wedding day doesn’t mean they can’t have a life-changing experience too.
Unique Styles Make For Unique Gifts
Some may think ordering shirts online doesn’t qualify as a unique gift idea, but the key lies with the retailer you choose. Any old custom shirt won’t do. You want high-quality fabrics, attention to detail, and precise construction. At Original Stitch, we offer over 400 colors and prints for you to choose from. Couple that with the veritable cornucopia of patterns, button options, collar styles, and monogram stitches and the meaning of unique becomes apparent: no two Original Stich shirts are exactly alike.
At the end of the day, you’re just searching for the right way to tell your pals thank you. Do so with a made to order men’s dress shirt that speaks volumes and looks good doing it.
Travel is inevitable. Arriving at your destination with a bag full of wrinkled dress shirts is not. The savvy packer knows that space is everything, so make use of every inch with a method of folding made to capitalize. Men’s dress shirts are the biggest culprits of this. They’re either folded too broadly or rolled up to save space. Either way, they’re wrinkled in the process. Cut down on unwanted creases by following this easy, how to fold a dress shirt for travel guide.
Start by laying your dress shirt out button side up. Button the shirt from top to bottom and then flip it over. Spread the shirt flat with the arms at about a 45-degree angle.
Take one sleeve and fold it over in a slight diagonal. If you start with the left sleeve, then its cuff should end up just below the right armpit. Take that same sleeve and fold it up at roughly the elbow. The cuff should now sit flush with the top of the collar.
Repeat the same steps with the opposite sleeve, although this time you want the current sleeve to sit on top of the previous one.
Now, carefully fold the shirt into thirds. Start by grabbing one side and folding the entire thing over the folded arm. Do the same for the opposite side, letting this new fold rest on top of the old. You should have an overlap that creates a straight log shape that is as wide as the collar itself.
As folding men’s dress shirts go, you’re in the home stretch now.
Just fold the bottom half of the shirt about a third of the way up. Do a second fold in the same way, stopping just under the base of the collar. Flip the whole thing over and voila. That’s how you fold a dress shirt for travel.
Use this method as a means of storing your shirts when hanging them isn’t an option. It’s the same basic technique that many department stores use to minimize wrinkles on their men’s dress shirts displays. Granted they weren’t planning on teaching us how to fold a dress shirt for travel, but the process works. If for any reason you find yourself in a packing pinch and need to iron out the error of your ways, check out our handy guide to ironing your dress shirts here. (link to How to Iron a Dress Shirt goes here.)