White done right.

January 07, 2016

Finding the perfect white dress shirt can be hard. But it doesn’t have to be.

It’s an item that’s in every guy’s closet—the white dress shirt. But despite something that we all need and all wear, finding one that balances fit, form and function can be more daunting than you would think.

Once you understand that all dress shirts are not created equal, you can begin your search. Like anything from computers to cars, you invariably get what you pay for. That doesn’t mean you have to pay a ton, but for something you’re going to be pairing with a nice quality suit, you should budget between $100 – $150.

Fit should be your first and foremost concern. Materials obviously play a role, but if a dress shirt is poorly designed, you’re going to end up with a silhouette that is far from flattering. The collar is also something that seems foolproof but you should pay close attention. You’ll want a shirt that has a collar that yields a nice profile when wearing a suit or sport coat.

Finally, from what is your dress shirt made? The correct answer should be cotton. But the type of cotton and the thread used to make it are critical. When shopping for a dress shirt, you may encounter numbers like 80s or 100s. These numbers correspond with the thread count and generally speaking, a higher thread count is better. A double 100’s dress shirt is a great option for a clean, well dressed appearance and can be obtained at a reasonable price.

White shirts may seem mundane. But when you finally get one that fits properly and perfectly compliments your favorite suit, you’ll understand the difference that a better shirt can make. Not sure what size or type shirt is right for you? Contact us and we’ll be glad to help.


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