decades, the Men's Dress Furnishings Association was a resource
for men's dress shirts and ties for manufacturers, retailers and
consumers. Today, the MDFA lives on in spirit through
All About Men's
All About Men's Ties
How to Buy Men's Shirts
How to Buy Men's Ties
How to Match a Shirt &
How to Match a Shirt &
Shirt and Tie Matching
How To Tie a Tie
Dress for a Job
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To Buy Men's Dress Shirts
Selecting the fit and collar of a dress
When making a dress
shirt purchase you need to consider: size first and foremost, collar
style, construction, and fabric.
Size and Fit
If the first thing you do when leave your office for home is loosen
your collar button and pull down your tie, your shirt collar doesnít
fit. A recent study by Cornell University shows that 70 per cent of
men wear their shirts too tight. You should not experience, much
less tolerate, discomfort when wearing a dress shirt and tie.
Don't Get All Choked Up About It
There are a couple of ways to avoid that choked-up feeling. First,
put on one of your shirts and button the collar. If you cannot put
your two middle fingers between the collar and your neck without
touching, your collar is too small. Buy a half size larger.
To be sure, put a tape measure around your neck at the Adamís apple.
Add one half size to that measurement. Dress shirts in the U.S. are
sized in half inch increments: 14, 14 Ĺ, 15. 15 Ĺ, etc. So if your
neck measures 15 inches, purchase a size 15 Ĺ.
Sleeves That Fit Just Right
Getting the sleeve length right is important too. Usually, dress
shirt sleeves are sized in ranges: 32/33, 34/35, etc. Ideally the
end of the cuff should come Ĺ inch below the break in the wrist,
i.e. where it bends. About Ĺ inch of cuff should extend beyond the
end of the suit jacket cuff. To get your sleeve length, you will
need some help. Using the tape, with your arm extended out to the
side, have an accomplice take the measurement from the middle of
your back, over your shoulder to your wrist.
The other thing to consider is the fit of the shirt. This
information is usually on the packaging. Most menís shirts are
either tapered or fitted and full cut. Men with a slim build may
prefer the fitted style, while the fuller cut would be a better
choice for men who are stocky or have a larger build.
Collar Style and Construction
to fit, collar style is probably the most important consideration
when purchasing a dress shirt. The collar is the
visible part of the shirt. It frames your face and showcases your
Consequentially, the shape of your
and length of your neck should play in role in the style of collar
you choose. As a general rule, the large the man the larger collar
he can wear and vice versa.
Pinned Collar Dress Shirt
This is the same as the regular collar except that it is worn with a
pin that goes through the collar, with collar bars that snap onto
the collar, or with a bar that has a screw and ball that connect
through eyelets. This style looks best on men with a medium to long
Spread Collar Dress Shirt
This collar has medium spread and shorter points. It is a better
choice for men with a short neck or who favor a full Windsor tie
Button-down Collar Dress Shirt
Similar to the straight point, but the ends of the collar are
secured with buttons. Having no collar stays, this is a much softer
and relaxed style but is still commonly worn for business wear. It
can accommodate any type of knot and is the collar style to be worn
with a bow tie.
Regular or Straight Point Collar Dress Shirt
This is the main stay of most menís wardrobe and goes with just
about any type of suit or sport coat. The length of the collar tends
to vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and with the dictates of
Tab Collar Dress Shirt
This style holds the tie in place by tabs attached to the collar and
held together under the tie knot. Not all that common today.