- 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:
- 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.
- Short-Sleeve Shirts should not pass your biceps.
- Long-Sleeve Shirts should reach your wrists. Any farther covering the hand or closer above the wrists are signs of an ill-fitting shirt.
- 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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