There are several items to consider when buying a dress shirt for a man. First and foremost is size. That is to say the shirt should fit properly. In addition, one should consider the style of color, fabric and construction of the garment.
If the first thing a man does upon leaving the office and heading for home is loosening the collar button and pulling down the tie, the shirt collar does not fit. According to studies recently conducted, over two-thirds of menswear shirts are too tight. A properly fitted dress shirt and tie should not be uncomfortable.
If a shirt with the top button fastened does not provide room for the two middle fingers between the neck and collar without touching, the collar is too small and should be increased by a half size. To measure the neck place a cloth tape around the neck at the Adam’s apple. The collar size should be this measurement plus one half inch.
Sleeve length is also important. While most shirts today have sleeve lengths in a size range, they should ideally reach to 1/2 inch below the bend of the wrist. This should allow the sleeve to extend 1/2 inch beyond the cuff of a well fitted suit jacket. A tape measure can be used to determine the length from the center of the spine, over the shoulder and to the wrist with the arm extended to determine length.
Men’s shirts are sold in full and fitted or tapered cut. The fitted or tapered cut is a good choice for men with a slim build. Those who have a larger build or who are stocky should choose the full cut.
When wearing a dress shirt with a suit, the collar is often the most visible portion of the shirt. It frames the face and necktie. Choosing the right collar shape can enhance the appearance and length of the face. Larger men should choose shirts with larger collars and smaller guys should stick to smaller ones.
The pinned collar looks good on a man with a long to medium neck, while the spread design is a better choice for those with shorter necks. A button down collar has no stays and is much softer and relaxed. It is a good choice for a bow tie. The straight point collar works well with practically any type of suit, but the length varies by manufacturer and wholesale clothing supplier.