A man’s custom dress shirt can elegantly frame his face during a presentation and later absorb his perspiration during a tough round of questioning. A shirt can actually play a supporting role by enhancing his sport jacket or can stand alone and be the centerpiece of his outfit. Your shirt whether you like it or not, speaks for you so make sure it’s saying what you intend to.
A Custom Dress Shirt
A proper dress shirt is a button-up shirt with a collar, sleeves and wrist cuffs that is usually made from a cotton fabric woven and dyed into various non obtrusive patterns and colors.
Dress Shirt Fit
Most men wear dress shirts that do not fit them properly. Ready made garments are made to fit many and as a result they fit no one perfectly. One has to make a compromise somewhere if a shirt fits in the neck it may fail to fit the sleeve length or if it fits well in sleeves it billows out around the stomach. An ideal fit is only achievable on a custom dress shirt.
A well fitted dress shirt should be comfortable. Larger men are usually complimented by a looser fit while petite and thin men are complimented by a more form cut. Following are some tips to check a good custom shirt fit:
The Neck: A shirt collar should allow you to slide two fingers down the neck-band between your throat and collar while buttoned without gagging. Proper room should be there for your head to turn and move without choking. A shirt should initially have an allowance for shrinkage.
The Shoulders and Body: One should be able to move his arms freely without the shirt pulling uncomfortably across the shoulders. A custom dress shirt’s body should not be baggy and shapeless nor should it pull or pucker. The shoulder points should extend to the end of the shoulder and no farther.
The Cuffs: Cuffs should be just tight enough that they do not hang over your hand and you should not be able to slip your hand through the cuffs without first unbuttoning them. Proper room for cuff links should be there if required.
The Sleeves: Having your arms at your sides, the cuffs should end slightly below your wrist bones with just enough blouses at the cuffs to make it easy to bend your arms. Get long enough sleeves so that you can raise your arms like wings and not pull the cuffs down the forearm. They should also be short enough so that you don’t have more than 1 inch of fabric bunching near the cuff when your arms hang.
The Shirt Tail: Your shirt tail needs to be long enough for it to not come out of your pants when you raise your arms yet not so long as to make unsightly bulges when tucked in. Having a room in the chest and waist to pinch out 1-3 inches of fabric