A Stylish Ho’s Guide to Shirts

  • Fit: Many people are wearing the incorrect shirt size and are not realizing it. You can be wearing the most luxurious shirt hand-woven by God but if it does not fit you properly it will not look good on you, but here is how you know if a shirt is properly fitting you:
    1. The shirt’s shoulder seams should be at the end of your shoulders. If it’s farther, the shirt is too big and if it’s closer then the shirt is too small.
    2. Short-Sleeve Shirts should not pass your biceps.
    3. Long-Sleeve Shirts should reach your wrists. Any farther covering the hand or closer above the wrists are signs of an ill-fitting shirt.
    4. The length of the shirt itself should be around the mid-area of your zipper. However if a shirt fits your shoulders its length passes your zipper, you may have to tuck it in — this is usually the case for dress shirts, and wearing it untucked is similar to wearing a dress.
  • Types: There are many type of shirts but mainly: Graphic T-Shirts, Solid Colored T-Shirts, Button-Downs (buttons on the collars), Button-Ups (no buttons on the collars), and Dress Shirts. Each one have different formalities, weaves, and some have different materials.
  • Material: Majority of shirts are made of cotton but the cotton’s weaving distinguishes what “material” you are wearing: Broadcloth and Poplin have the same “tight” weaving thus making it smooth and typical of dress shirts and can be worn in business/formal environments. Seersucker and Linen (which is not cotton but an actual material) are typically light weight with a more “open” weaving which results in a casual rough fabric typical for warm environments. Flannel is a more heavy and soft cotton commonly worn in cold environments and are casual. Oxford Cloth is heavy cotton woven in between a “tight” and “open” weaving which results in a rough, yet smooth surface and is acceptable in a business environment as it is very versatile.
  • Color: You can wear any color you like so long as it does not “clash” with your pants or skin tone; A Navy shirt and Black Pants will not go well together because they are too similar in color — Black Shirt and Black Pants will be better. If you have a pale skin tone, it is not wise to wear a white shirt because it will make you more pale.
  • Patterns: Typically a shirt with patterns is less formal than a solid shirt however patterned shirts such as Gingham and Stripes can be worn in business casual environments.
  • Pocket vs No Pocket: A Pocket adds more “casualness” and utility to a shirt. Typically dress shirts will have no pockets but it is not rare to find shirts with pockets in a business environment.
  • Formality: Depending on the “material” and type of shirt you wear, you need to match it with the occasion. A flannel shirt, or T-Shirt should not be worn in a business environment.

Small Note on Graphic T-Shirts: There is no shame in wearing a cool design or exhibiting your love for a band, but it’s usually best to avoid Jokes and Puns on a T-Shirt because they are “tacky”

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