This short sleeve dress shirt is ideal for wearing in or out of the cubicle and is not only available in plain white but is also available in a variety of vibrant colors. These shirts are made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton, so they’re durable but also breathe quite well. They have button closures, point collars and are equipped with a chest pocket. These shirts are machine washable and come in colors which include flame, grey, Pacifico, lily pad or a light maize color. And since they are cut generously through the waist, they won’t restrict the wearer’s actions, which allows them to move more freely through the office.
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Dress Shirt Buying Guide
Before you can purchase the best dress shirt available, you first have to figure out what size shirt you need to buy. Although a lot of people tend to think they know what size shirt they wear, when it comes down to actually choosing one, then they end up buying one that doesn’t fit correctly. To prevent our readers from buying dress shirts which are too big or too small, we’ve decided to put together this little guide which will give you all the information you need to choose a great fitting shirt.
Find Out Your Size
Using a flexible tape measure you’ll need to measure the circumference of your neck as well as your sleeve length. Make sure that when you take your neck’s measurement, that you take it low on the neck at the point where the collar of the shirt is going to sit. For added comfort, be sure to add 1/4-inch to this measurement, so that you have a little extra give. Write down your neck measurement (with the 1/4-inch added) and then proceed to measure your sleeve. You will want to start at the nape of the neck, and then measure it down to the wrist’s end. Round the measurement off to the nearest inch and write it down.
You now have your basic dress shirt size and can look for it on your dress shirt packages. For example, a shirt may say 18 34/35, and that means an 18-inch neck with a 34-inch to 35-inch arm length. However, in some instances, the dress shirt size is expressed either as small, medium or large sizes. In those cases, it’s important to check out the size chart that comes with the shirt. For example, a person with a 15-inch neck and a 32-inch arm length might choose a small size.
Next, Choose Your Style
Types of Collars
The next thing that you will want to choose is your collar style. Dress shirts come in a wide variety of different styles, so you’ll want to make sure that you choose a collar that fits your style as well as the circumstances in which the shirt is going to be worn. Below are some common collar types:
Types of Cuffs
The next thing that you’ll want to decide upon is the cuff style of the dress shirts. Below are some of the more common types of cuffs available nowadays:
- Single French
- Single Barrel
- Double French
- Double Barrel
Select A Dress Shirt Fabric
There are a number of different fabrics to choose from when buying a dress shirt. And each type of fabric has its own characteristics which affect its comfort level and wearability. For example, broadcloth is generally suitable for summer wear, but wool is more suitable for autumn or winter wear. Below are some of the more common dress shirt fabrics:
- Pinpoint Oxford
- Royal Oxford
- Egyptian Cotton
- American Pima Cotton
Select A Pattern & Color
Now that the basics of your new dress shirt have been chosen, it’s time to think about the color or pattern of your shirt. The base standard for business professionals has been a plain white shirt, but that standard is not as strict as it used to be. Nowadays, white with checkers or light stripes is becoming acceptable for use with a business formal standard. However, some businesses have relaxed their dress standard even more and have allowed their employees to wear light solid color dress shirts. Of course, before choosing any style of shirt for professional use, it’s best to take into consideration the practices of the business first.
For casual dress situations, a variety of bright colors have become the norm. In the past, you wouldn’t normally see a lot of vivid dress shirt colors, but now there are shirts available in just about any color of the rainbow. Red, blue, yellow, pink and turquoise shirts can now be seen in all different types of casual situations, so people can use them to express their own personal style and personality in casual social situations.
Although it might seem like a lot to consider, it really isn’t all that complicated to choose a dress shirt that suits your style. Just make sure that you get the right size, choose a cuff and collar design that suits the occasion and that you choose a fabric that’s comfortable to you. And also don’t forget to buy a shirt that expresses your style and personality.