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Men's Wardrobe Essentials: Your Custom Dress Shirt

Updated: Apr 15, 2023

It’s a powerful feeling when you walk into a room, knowing you are looking your best.

For men, that starts with high quality custom dress shirts.

Sometimes a special event requires a great suit. Other times, it’s casual and you don’t even need to wear a jacket.

However formal, most of the time, a dress shirt will be part of your attire.

So, how do you choose the right dress shirts to help you look your best?

In this post you will learn why custom dress shirts are the cornerstone of a fantastic wardrobe, what it’s like to create a custom shirt and some tips on the hottest fabric patterns and colors for Spring of 2023.

Why should custom shirts be the cornerstone of your wardrobe?

Have you ever noticed that off the rack shirts just don’t seem to fit you right?

Well, there’s a reason for that. Your body is unique, but dress shirts sold in US department stores aren’t. There are only 7 different templates made in America for button down shirts. People come in all shapes and sizes. How can just 7 templates fit the unique physiques of all of us?

The simple answer is, they can't.

Off-the-rack shirts fit very few men well. The collar is often too tight, the sleeves too short or too long, the midsection too blousy or too tight.

A shirt made from a templated pattern does not accommodate for individual body specs or unique body traits.

That is why tailored shirts that fit your unique body type are an essential garment that should be the starting point of your wardrobe evolution.

You will love the way the shirt feels and looks. Plus, you will love the confidence you exude when you feel great about the way you look. That feeling is powerful and contagious!

How is a custom fit shirt different from off the rack?

Your custom dress shirts will fit better than anything you buy in a department store. You'll love the experience.

  • The ability to move your arms without limitation.

  • No billowing fabric around the midsection that you have to bunch together to tuck in.

  • No buttons that are straining to stay closed.

And, it’s not just about the feel. You will also look better in a high quality custom shirt.

Creating custom dress shirts allows you to account for your most important physical traits. Your detailed measurements such as posture, shoulder slope, incline and arm position ensure the shirt is cut to your particular body type.

Types of Custom Dress Shirts For Your Wardrobe

There are a variety of styles that you can select from when creating custom dress shirts.

  • Custom flannel shirts

  • Custom linen shirt, a check, stripe or plaid shirt

  • Classic white tuxedo shirts

  • Tuxedo dress shirts with French mitered cuffs, studs and pleated placket.

  • White cotton linen shirt with epaulets, mitered cuff with contrasting fabric and contrasting stitching and buttons.

These are just a few of your many options available.

Adding Personal Style to Your Custom Fit Dress Shirts

Custom dress shirts also give you the ability to create a shirt tailored to your personal style preferences.

Here are some of the most popular ways our clients add their own personal touch to their custom dress shirts.

  • Unique button placement,

  • contrasting fabrics,

  • single or double buttons,

  • placket or no placket,

  • pocket arrangement,

  • round cuffs,

  • square cuffs,

  • convertible cuffs,

  • mitered or French mitered

There are endless possibilities and style combinations.

Here we see a 2 button mitred cuff with contrasting fabric on the inside of the cuff and on the sleeve placket.

Creating Your Custom Tailored Dress Shirt

If you're thinking about creating your first custom dress shirts, here's what you can expect.

We start by taking 20 body measurements and physical observations. This attention to detail enables us to make a great fitting shirt for men of any shape and size.

  • Next we work with our client to select fabrics, contrasting fabrics, buttons and thread options that suit their style.

  • We take into account your face, neck, body type and skin tone to suggest the most flattering collar and style choices.

  • Your pattern is created.

  • Four weeks later, your shirt is delivered and the fit is confirmed!

  • If any pattern modifications are needed, it is done by our local tailor and adjusted in your pattern.

  • From that point forward, any type of shirt can be made for you with a simple phone call or brief visit to the studio.

  • We even copy the pattern of your favorite shirt and do a remote fitting session.

Spring 2023 Styles for Men's Custom Dress Shirts

Contrasting colors that bring together the desire for rest and relaxation, with classic details and season-less hues are dominating the palette in 2023.

You will see a lot of orange, green and fun prints. Think high color and expressive designs. Monochrome looks continue to decline as people search for authentic fun and grounded optimism, but the classic white button down never goes out of style.

Collar options are endless in both style, fusing, and placement.

Here is an example of some fun options with a few accents. Contrasting fabric, thread color, button color, 2 button collar vs 1 button collar….

A custom shirt designed and created just for you has the style and fit that will make you stand out in a subtle, yet distinguished way.

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