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Short Sleeved Shirts #1 Complaint

When asked what makes most style experts hate men’s short sleeved shirts so much, the complaint of the “ill fit” came back time and time again. Make sure to check out my first blog post about short sleeved shirts here for some other great short sleeve shirt styling tips.

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Here are our questions and answers leading you to the perfect short sleeve shirt this Spring.

Question: What is the #1 thing you can do to help your personal style?

Answer: Get the fit right.

Which brings us to the next question: What’s the #1 factor in getting the fit right in a short sleeved shirt?

Answer: Making sure the yoke into the sleeve fits well.

Which brings up a few more questions: How do you know if the fit is right in the shoulder and the sleeve?

The yoke should fit comfortably along the upper back with the sleeve seam at the armhole resting perfectly on top of the ball of the shoulder. If any buttons begin to pull at the chest area, the shoulder may be too tight.

And the sleeve length and fullness?

Answer: To find where the short sleeve should end, flex your bicep and find the center of the bicep with your other hand. This should be the end of the sleeve. Keeping the flex in the bicep, you should have just a little comfortable allowance beyond one finger width.

Expert style tip: An option for an existing shirt is rolling the short sleeve  up to the bicep center.

All of these fit options are an easy fix when you order a custom dress shirt with us. Interested? Click here to get started.

Have other questions? Let me know!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Which Shade of Blue Looks Best on You?

We all love a blue dress shirt but did you know that there are better shades of blue for each type of complexion?

Many men actually don’t even know what type of complexion they have.  An easy way to decide is by using those cuff links. Find one piece of yellow gold and one piece of silver or white gold. Perhaps you already know which of the two look better on you. If you tend to wear yellow gold, chances are it is because your warm skin tone is complemented by the warmth of the gold tones. If you look better in silver tones or white metals, most likely you are in the cooler complexion category. If you look great in both, perhaps you have a medium skin tone.

Men with warm skin tones or darker complexions should give vibrant shades of blue such as teal and royal blues a try. No need to throw out those medium blue shirts or suits either. They will also look great on you but try a pop of color with the tie.

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Royal Blue M1055
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Teal Blue M11564

Those with medium skin tones and less contrast between their hair color and skin tone should aim for styling with cooler shades of blue. A blue shirt with a silver undertone such as our dusty blue or french blue will look perfect on you. A sky blue will be complimented by a tie with touches of sapphire.

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French Blue M1073
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Dusty Blue M1560

If your complexion is light and cool (high contrast between your hair and skin tone) chances are you will look best in a soft to medium blue with warm undertones. Try a dress blue and pair it with a tie featuring hints of warm orange or wine tones.

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Dress Blue M1274

Ready to order a custom dress shirt? Click here to redeem our offer of $20 off of your first custom shirt with us. New customers only, please.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Convertible Cuff verses French Cuff

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A true French cuff folds back and must have cuff links for closure

Ever wonder what it means when a tailor refers to the convertible cuff option? Although the convertible cuff is not for everyone, it may be a great choice for you.

To start, it is NOT a true French cuff in that it does not actually fold back before closure. It also isn’t a French cuff because it has a button and buttonhole that is always useable.

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However, if you do like to add a little bling with cuff links as well, the option is there. In other words, there are also holes to wear the links but they are not necessary as they are when wearing a true French cuff. The convertible cuff is obviously a little more casual but a great way to show off those awesome links you got for Father’s Day.  So, convertible cuff something you might like to try? Click here to start your custom dress shirt with your first convertible cuff.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Which Spread Collar is Right for You?

When ordering your custom dress shirt, deciding on a collar spread is more of a personal choice than one may think. So which spread collar is right for you? There are many things to consider such as the shape of your face, your style intent, and your body shape.  Let’s break down the three major spreads to find which one is right for you.

Medium Spread

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The medium spread collar should be reserved for those looking for a little something different but who want to continue with a reserved and traditional appearance. The medium spread works for most body types and face shapes as well. If you are just beginning to venture away from the traditional point collar, this is where you should start. This spread will work for all body types.

Wide Spread

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The wide spread collar begins to grab a bit more attention and is noticeably more spread. Although it can be a close rendition of the cutaway or extreme spread, the wide spread often has a soft curve to the collar points. The wide spread collar best works for oval, square or diamond shaped faces and those with a lean or muscular physique. If your face is round, you will want to opt for more of a traditional point or medium spread.

Extreme Wide Spread or “Cutaway”

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The extreme spread has a clearly defined straight line created by the collar points. There is no curve to the point. This style is usually suited best for a more modern look or for those interested in a youthful style. This collar style again works for those with an oval, square or diamond shaped face.  Since it enhances the width of the neck, those with a short neck may steer clear. Tip: an extreme spread collar in white on a patterned shirt body kicks it up a notch and don’t forget the wide tie knot. See my post on ideas for tie knots here.

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-Meghan Henley

 

How Your Dress Shirt SHOULD Fit

So you think you have a pretty good fitting dress shirt? Maybe it’s great or maybe you are beginning to wonder if it could be better. Let’s take a look at how your dress shirt should fit.

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The collar should lightly touch the neck all the way around with enough room to fit one finger in the front. If there is any pressure of the fabric into the skin, it is too tight.

 

The shoulder seam should rest on the very outer edge of the shoulder top. The seam should not fall over the shoulder toward the tricep. The armhole should not cut into the underarm area.

The chest and waist should have a comfortable button closure with room for movement of the rib cage as well as the roundest part of your midsection. There should not be excess or bulging fabric at the pant waist when the shirt is tucked in.

The cuff should land just at the protruding bone on the outside of the wrist if the sleeve length is long enough. There should be enough cuff width to allow for a watch if you wear one.

The shirt tail should completely hide the waistband and beltline and have enough room at all sides to stay tucked when you’ve loosened it by reaching your arms overhead.

If you are thinking your fit could improve, start by clicking here.

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-Meghan Henley