Picking out a perfect dress shirt can be a difficult process with so much to consider. So how to ensure your next new shirt will fit properly and look good on you? You should think about the ideal size, length, cut, fabric, and pattern to start with and make sure you always try a shirt before purchasing it. Keep reading for more tips to ensure your next clothing shopping trip will be a pleasant one.
Figure out Your Size
Your size is not simply small, medium, or large! Your size is a lot more than just the letter or number on the tag. Collar size, sleeve length, and shirt length are also important. Getting some simple measurements, can make picking out your clothing much easier, especially if you are shopping online. You might need help getting the right measures, but don’t worry, there are plenty of ways you can tackle this task.
Taking Your Measurements Just Right
You can go to a department store and ask one of their tailors to take your measurements. But you could also get it from any shirt that you have at home. Find the best fitting shirt and use it as a guide when buying new ones.
Now, if you don’t have a shirt that fits you well, that’s OK, don’t panic. You can also take your measurements at home, all you will need is a friend and the internet, as you will find a never ending list of tutorials on how to measure yourself. When measuring yourself, these are the bits and pieces you need to measure:
- The sleeve length (the distance from the center of your back to the wrist bone)
- Shoulder width (the distance from shoulder hem to shoulder hem)
- Shirt length (the distance from the base of the neck to the length you want, normally it goes until the start of your thigh)
- Waist circumference
- Chest circumference
- Bicep circumference
- Wrist circumference
- Neck circumference
Study Your Shape
There are plenty of guides online for picking out shirts based on your height, face shape, and body shape. Take a look at your proportions; what is the best-collared shirt for your particular body structure? Doing a little research will help you to pick out the best shirt. In particular, because you will find shirts with a bulky and slim fit, so know your body shape.
Think About the Best Fabric for Your Day-To-Day Activities
Do you work in a hot or fresh environment? Do you work outdoors or indoors? There are plenty of fabrics out there. So make sure to research before you buy a new shirt. For example, Georgette and Linen are considered great options for hot weather, while Fleece and Corduroy are perfect for cold weather. And if you want a fabric you can wear for all seasons, choose silk; it will keep you warm in winter and fresh in summer.
Choose Well Your Shirt Color and Pattern
Do you need shirts for a formal or casual attire? To choose the best color and pattern pick what matches the level of formality you want. For example, if you are attending a business meeting and need to wear a suit, choose a plain or gently striped shirt with light colors such as white, blue or grey.
If you are going for a business night out, choose darker colors such as brown, navy blue, even black would look good. But if you are going to a pick nick, separate a nice checkered shirt with vibrant colors such as orange, green, and red. And if you are going for a walk on a beach, why not try out a floral shirt.
Don’t Be Afraid of Tailors
The shirt is the perfect color, the perfect fit, and just the right price, but the sleeves are just a touch too long, or the collar is too big. Don’t give up on it! Very few shirts are perfect right off of the rack. Look up your local tailor. Tailors will help to adjust that off-the-rack shirt to be a perfect fit in no time.
Choosing a Shirt Should Be Fun
Choosing a shirt doesn’t have to be a headache. Once you have figured out your size, best fabric, and color, looking for new clothing will be a breeze. Although all brands will fit a little differently, knowing what fits will give you a great place to start. And don’t be shy, try everything you like and remember that a tailor can deal with small bits and pieces. So is just a matter of time until you get the hang of choosing the best-collared shirt for you.