Men’s business shirts are button-up shirts with collars and long sleeves designed to wear with a suit or sports jacket, either with or without a tie. Sound boring and humdrum?
It can be if you don't know how to add style and colour pops to your outfits. Here's the lowdown on how to add high fashion style to your wardrobe.
Unlike the sports shirt, the business shirt is designed to be worn with a jacket and tie, but it can be worn without one or the other, or at times, with neither. Various shirts with different types of collars and cuffs are appropriate for a wide range of attire. Over the years, the business shirt has gained more visibility and prominence.
For example, when most working men's jobs involved getting their hands dirty, clean white cuffs became a status symbol; they denoted that the man wearing them was above the dirty work. Today, shirts are an essential means of expanding one's wardrobe in addition to offering greater variety at a much lower cost than men's suits.
Business shirts should fit snugly without restricting movement. Just as the shirt prevents the jacket's lining from absorbing too much sweat, an undershirt takes the brunt of perspiration to keep the business shirt looking fresh all day.
If the shirt is to be worn open-necked, you may want to skip crew neck t-shirts that could give you an adolescent look. Opt for V-neck tees instead.
While most men's shirts are solid white or blue, if you know how to enhance your complexion, you can experiment with a wider range of patterns and colours. The skillful pairing of the right shirt with a conservative men's suit can turn an ordinary outfit into an extraordinary one.
However, your personal preferences and needs do come into play when selecting shirting fabrics. For example, for pure luxury but at the higher end of the price point scale, you'll find sea island cotton while utilitarian pima cotton and manmade fibre blend are found at the less expensive end of the scale.
There are many key elements to a business shirt's style such as:
For instance, a button-down collar, left breast pocket and single-button cuffs look great as casual wear, while a shirt with a turned-down point collar, no breast pocket and French cuffs denotes formality.
As you build your collection of business shirts, strive to bring versatility to your wardrobe. This means to maximise value, always choose business shirts you'd enjoy wearing with any of your suits. Therefore, avoid extremes but do have some fun and experiment with patterns, colours and styles that enhance your features.
An easy way to avoid expensive buying mistakes when building a business shirt wardrobe is to seek the advice of the men ofMontagio Custom Tailoring before you make your buying decisions. We're always glad to lend a hand and share our fashion knowledge with you.
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