I am not an expert in fashion. But I would like to consider myself a connector of sorts for our loyal readers.
In an effort to expand the fashion (men’s fashion specifically) portion of Kempire Daily, we will be highlighting some of the best tips we can find for you. You do not need to be an expert today with resources like Google. Anything you want to know is always at your fingertips.
But not everyone has the time or the patience to Google everything. So we hope to bring you some great tips that we all never learned growing up. Unless you have a gay dad or uncle, you do not get the best men’s fashion advice or the rules to shirt sizes or pants length.
So today, we will try to be your gay dad/uncle. There are some simple details you need to know when buying the right size button down collar shirt. If you do not know your size, you can always go to your local suit supply (i.e. Men’s Warehouse, Brooks Brothers) store and they will measure you for FREE.
Let’s face it! Every designer has their own interpretation of sizes and fits. I have bought the same shirt size from difference designers and the fits are completely different. Of course, you can purchase any shirt and then get it tailored to your body. This is actually the best idea for the best fit. You can easily buy an inexpensive shirt and spend your money on the tailoring.
However, there are some designers that don’t need any tailoring depending on your own specific body. But here are some tips or rules for getting the right size button down collar shirt.
1. The Collar: You should be able to fit two fingers, once you button the top button, in the space between your neck and the shirt. If you can’t, then the shirt is the wrong neck size for you. If you can fit more than two fingers then the collar is too big for you. Being too big can look just as bad as being too small (maybe worse). If you are trying to get a sleek and professional look then you do not want your clothes looking ill-fitted.
2. Around the waist: I normally buy “slim fit” because I want to show a more pulled in waist. But this is where getting a tailor helps because if you have a larger stomach or a little more weight, the tailor will be able to custom size the shirt to your body. So I wouldn’t recommend getting “slim fit” (unless you try it on before buying it) if you are bigger in the stomach area. Buy a regular fit and then have your tailor adjust the sizing to your liking.
3. Sleeve length: Okay, so I made the mistake of buying the wrong sleeve size the other day. This happens when you do your purchasing online and do not pay attention. The length of your sleeve should not come above the wrist bone. You should also not have your sleeves too long where the shirt is pretty much covering your hand. The sleeve should just cover your wrist (see picture below).
The right sizing, from the shirt to the pants, really make a big difference on how well you look in your clothes. Trust me, I have made and continue to make mistakes in fashion. But if we get things, like the right size button down shirt, it could mean the difference of you getting that job or that date.
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