Men’s Shirt Buying Guide
Men’s Shirts 101
Types of Men’s Shirts
Men’s Casual Shirts
Men’s Dress Shirts
Men’s Golf and Polo Shirts
Men’s Graphic T-Shirts
Men’s Shirt Buying Tips:
• Balance buying classic colours and styles with fashion-forward options
• Match shirt colours to skin tone; icy colours and pastels work well for fair skin, while very dark or bright colours complement darker skin
• A crew neck t-shirt is best for wear under a shirt buttoned all the way up, while a v-neck t-shirt is best if the shirt has a button or two undone
• Shirts should match pants for fit, so choose tighter shirts to go with tighter pants and looser shirts with looser pants
• Untucked shirts should reach the waist; shirts that need tucking in should be longer so they don’t pull out during wear
Men’s Shirt Features
A shirt’s material is key to looking great and staying comfortable. Men’s shirts come in as many materials as they do patterns and colours, so choose according to activity and season. For fun in the sun, lightweight polyester or breathable cotton will keep the body cool. Shirts made from heavier cotton or wool are better in the winter. Try to have a few casual shirts made of different materials for different times of the year to stay comfortable no matter the weather.
Buttons and Zippers +
How a shirt fastens affects both its style and function. Zippers are usually informal, so wearing a zip-up shirt is an easy way to dress down for casual occasions. Zip-up shirts are also easier to slip on and off. Dressier shirts have buttons, and formal dress shirts are typically worn with a tie and the buttons done up all the way. To achieve a relaxed but still formal look, simply undo the top few buttons. Conversely, casual slacks or jeans with a button shirt done up all the way can make for a great casual look.
Some accents, like epaulets, add visual interest. Others, like pockets, are not only part of the style but also add functionality. Collars and cuffs must look formal for dress shirts, but they can be designed with creative flare for casual shirts. When considering a shirt’s accents, keep in mind the accents on other clothing items with which it will be paired.
Dress shirts should have a full-length sleeve. The sleeves on casual shirts can be long, short or sleeveless. A short-sleeved shirt makes a casual style statement and is practical when working with your hands. Some long-sleeved shirts come with straps to keep the sleeves rolled up. Go sleeveless if keeping cool is important, for example, when working out or spending time in the hot sun.
Patterns are an easy way to add texture and colour to outfits. Keep in mind that a patterned shirt will serve as a visual anchor, so avoid jackets, ties or pants with competing patterns. Clashing combinations tend to make an outfit look tacky. Solid colours may rule at the office, but a patterned dress shirt can work well for casual off-site business events or office parties. Just remember to match it with a solid colour tie.
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Men’s Shirt Care Tips:
• Wash graphic tees in cold water and inside out to protect the graphic from fading or cracking
• Hang dress shirts on wooden or plastic hangers to prevent stretching
• Wash softer fabrics separately from rougher materials like denim to help them last longer
• High heat can damage certain fibres, especially elastic materials
• Dry clean dress shirts or hang them to dry whenever possible
• The quicker you attend to a stain, the more likely it will wash out completely, so always have a portable stain removal pen
• Wash whites separately from colours
• Place a cloth between the iron and shirts made of gentle fabrics to protect them from the heat and help them last longer