Choosing the right shirt

Okay, this one is for the guys (even though we know it’s our brides reading this and taking notes while hubby-to-be plays Xbox or watches the latest football game 😉 )

What shirt goes with what suit? Have you chosen the right fit? Do you know how many fingers need to go between your collar and your neck?

Started freaking out yet? Feeling a lil’ bit confused?
Well, we have the lovely Claire from Suit Up Suit Hire sharing her knowledge with us today, so read on to ease those nerves!

All photography by Shaun Tarr Photography

A lot of time is spent selecting the right tie, bowtie, shoes, belt and even socks, making sure everything matches and goes together correctly that we forget about spending time choosing the right shirt. A shirt is not just a shirt. Just as with suits, there are different styles and fits to choose from and if not chosen correctly it can ruin your entire look.

There are many factors to consider when selecting a shirt but the two most important to remember is:
1) The style and collar type
2) The fit

The style and collar type will depend on the occasion and the look you want to achieve. Once you have determined the formality of the occasion and have selected the appropriate suit or tuxedo, the next step will be to choose your shirt type.

The 5 most common collar types are:

The classic collar:
This is the most common style and can be worn for every occasion. It can be worn with a tie or without a tie for an open collar look.The button down collar:
This is great for both casual and formal events and can be worn buttoned up to the top with no tie, or with a tie as pictured. The spread collar:
This shirt has a wider neck area which can be worn open collar or with a tie. If you choose to wear a tie, a thicker knot such as the Windsor knot best suits this collar type as it makes the collar stand out more.The mandarin collar:
This style has become more popular over the years. This is not worn with any accessories and allows for versatility as it can be worn in both formal and casual settings.The wing collar:
This is the most formal of shirts and is worn with both suits and tuxedos. This shirt is worn with a bowtie and is great for weddings or formal occasions.The fit.
If your shirt does not fit correctly it doesn’t matter what style and collar type you have chosen, it will look bad. The two most popular shirt fits are regular and slim fit. Regular fit shirts are the most comfortable fit as they have more space and allow for more movement.

A slim fit shirt is the more modern and fashionable choice. It is more fitted and the best option for a more slender person as it eliminates the excess fabric. Slim fit shirts are the most popular choice now days but need to be fitted properly.In order to decide if the shirt fits correctly you need to check the following when trying it on:

  • You need to be able to do the top button up of the shirt and you should be able to fit two fingers into the collar in order for the shirt to be comfortable and fit correctly.
  • The seam of the sleeve should fit comfortably on the top of the shoulders and should not pull.
  • The shirt needs to fit comfortably around your chest, across your back and under your arms. The buttons should not pull over your chest, if this happens the shirt is too small – this is the most common mistake people make.

Accessories play a very important part in completing your overall desired look. Over time shirts have gone from a functional item to a style defining accessory which can ultimately transform the overall outcome of your look. Take time when selecting your shirt and don’t be afraid to try something new!

Has Claire cleared a few things up, or are you stressing out that your shirt does NOT allow two fingers into the collar?!
Don’t stress, just book an appointment with Claire, she’s got you boo!
Hit her up here.

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Claire, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge on shirts with us today, we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next!

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