Shirts For Men
Shirts are the most basic components of men’s wardrobe. They are worn every day to any and every occasion possible. As the saying goes “A well-dressed man is more attractive than a shirtless man with a 6 pack”. All men, without an exception, wear shirts. When it is so widely used, it is necessary to have a wide range of variety so men don’t get bored. Don't look far, you’re in the right place. Limeroad brings all the styles you need at under one roof.
How A Shirt Should Fit
It is important to wear the right kind of shirt on the right occasion. What is even more important than that is how the shirt should fit you. The key is in the details. Some guidelines to keep in mind while deciding your shirt size:
- Shoulder: The seam should meet at the corner of the collarbone.
- Armholes: They should be high enough without restricting the motion of the arm.
- Collar: They should be free enough that 2 fingers can be slid in when the top button is closed.
- Sleeves: They should allow the natural motion of the arm and end where the palm meets the wrist.
- Chest: The shirt should allow comfortable motion of the body.
Know Your Collars
After making sure of your size, the next thing to consider is your collar. Ironically, the collar is the most ignored part of a shirt. The reason for this is that people generally aren't aware that there are different kinds of collars. If you are one among them, get ready to learn something new. Here are a few types of collars you need to know about:
- Spread collar: This is the most basic form of a collar. It has crip and pointed ends and there is a good amount of spread between collars. Because of the spread, any kind of neckties look good on it or you can choose to go without tie too.
- Straight/standard collar: This is similar to the spread collar but space between the collar is smaller. This gives a more sophisticated look. Neckties with slimmer knots go well with this.
- Button-down collar: This has buttons on the tips of the collar that fasten them to the shirt. This makes the collar stay in the right place and retain its shape. This also gives the shirt a little bit of a casual look. If you want a formal look while keeping it a tad casual, this is the one to go for.
- Cutaway collar: Here the collar tips are very wide apart and make the collar look horizontal. It gives room to experiment with different kinds on knots on the tie but surely looks awkward without one.
- Club/Golf collar: The tips of the collar are rounded here. It means nothing special except for the fact that it helps you stand out from the crowd.
- Tab collar: The collar tips have a button or a tab that brings them together and gives it a vintage look. This should be worn with a tie since the tab is meant to props the knot of the tie.
- Mandarin/band collar: This is the most casual type of collar. It has no tips and leaves of the collar. It is best for casual shirts with no ties.
- Cuban collar: This has a notch type of collar that gives it a very relaxed look. This is usually seen in laid back and sporty shirts that are best for vacations.
- Wingtip collar: This is the most formal type of collar. It has tips that are folded out like wings. This is always seen in tuxedos and a bowtie.
Master Your Cuff Game
Cuffs are another one of the tiny but very important details of a shirt. Especially for formal shirts, cuffs play a very important role to make you look sophisticated. Here are a few types to help you out:
- Barrel cuff: This is a circular cuff, generally seen in casual and oxford club button-up shirts. The number of buttons on the cuff should be proportional to your arm length.
- French/Double cuff: This has a wide band which is folded back and secured with a cufflink to give it a double layer. Usually seen in formal shirts and it is recommended to wear a blazer or a jacket.
- Turnback cuff: We all know the James bond style of cuffs. This had round edges that fan out and extend beyond buttons while flipping back over to give it a double-layered look. Best known for giving a vintage look to the shirt.
- Mitered cuff: This has a straight, rounded or mitered edge and has a small match where the corners are cut in an angle near the button. This is mainly meant to show off your watch.
- Contrast cuff: Simple enough, as the name suggests, it has a white colored cuff in contrast with the colored or a patterned shirt.
- Rounded cuff: This is the most common and the most casual form of the cuffs, used in casual shirts.
All this fuss over a cuff? Phew! Don’t worry, Limeroad gives you the comfort of choosing the exact kind of shirt you need in the comfort of your house (Where you don’t necessarily have to wear one!).
Play With The Prints
Now that we know the elements of a shirt well, it’s time to decide the fabric of the shirt. Before you decide that, you can also experiment with different kinds of prints on the fabric. Light and elegant prints can pass off as formal. Bright and bold prints give the shirts a casual look. Know more about the types of prints:
- Solids: This means there are no prints on the fabric. Solids can be used as formals as well as casuals depending on the type of fabric.
- Stripes: This has either vertical or horizontal lines on the fabric. It is both formal and casual based on the color of the stripes and the background.
- Checkered: This has both horizontal and vertical lines against a plain background. There are many variations in the checkered patterns like gingham, shepherds check, madras stripes, tartan plaid, windowpane, graph check etc depending on the arrangement, color, and the number of stripes. Checkers can be used both formal and casual depending on the color of the background and the stripes.
- Houndstooth: This is a variant of checks, but has uneven and broken lines. Black and white variant is used as formal whereas the other colors are used as informal or casuals.
Getting The Fabrics Right
Fabrics are the most basic elements that make a shirt what it is. This decides where the shirt has to be worn and what has to be paired with it. Since shirts are the most widely used men's top wear, it is necessary to have them in different fabrics so they can be used for different occasions.
- Cotton: Cotton has undoubtedly been the king of fabrics. This is because it is light, comfortable, smooth and long-lasting. Cotton comes in different kinds of weaves that decide the functions and the quality of the shirt. Poplin weave is the most standard among them. Broadcloth has a rough texture. Oxford cloth is even rougher but that doesn't mean it is not comfortable.
- Linen: This is more suited for warmer climates since it is very light and absorbs moisture easily.
- Textured Weaves: This is a collection of heavier weaves like denim, houndstooth, twill etc that are perfect for cold months.
- Poly-blend: This is best suited for formal use since it is wrinkle-resistant and easy maintenance.
- Silk: This is the opposite of polyblend since it is high maintenance, expensive and less durability. However, it looks very luxurious and rich.
Whatever your needs are, formal or casual, you’ll find plenty on Limeroad. Any fabrics, collars, cuffs, patterns you need, Limeroad has them and more.
Have One Of Every Kind
After deciding all the individual elements of the shirt, finally look into the styles of shirts available so you can own them all and rock every occasion.
- Oxford button-down shirt: This is a must-have. It is made of a thick fabric that can be used at both formal and casual occasions.
- Cuban collar short sleeve shirt: It is the ultimate casual shirt. The name says more than you need to know, right?
- Overshirt: This is for men who like layers. Wear a t-shirt inside these overshirts and you’re good to go.
- Office shirt: As the name suggests, these are shirts for your office. Choose light shades with poplin weave to get the most comfort out of these.
- Dress shirt: Black tie compulsory? You have to own these. These are shirts that are worn with tuxedos and suits.
- Flannel shirt: This has thick and soft fabric, plain or plaid. Great for cold climates.
- Denim shirt: Fan of this fabric? When worn right, this can be used as an work wear too.
All this and much more, just a few clicks away. Explore Limeroad’s collection and make your own choice.
Do’s And Dont’s
Owning shirts is a must. But it is equally important to wear them right and treat them right. Some tips that might come in handy:
- Make sure the shirt fits you right. The fit can make you look classy and dapper or baggy/skinny.
- Tuck in your shirt for formal use. Always.
- Make sure your tie compliments the shirt.
- Get the right kind of pants and footwear for your shirt. Limeroad has plenty of those too.
- Take care of washing and ironing the shirts regularly.
All said and done, your outfit is a reflection of your personality. So don’t hesitate to wear what you feel the most comfortable in. After all, it is you that wears them. Go ahead, browse through Limeroad’s extensive collection and get yourself something nice!