Loday, the shirt is an inescapable piece that every man must have. To buy less but better, there are some rules and tricks to know. In the program:
-How to choose a shirt to its size
-Details to be checked to check the quality of a shirt
-The different brands (value for money) and where to get them
How to choose a shirt to its size (cut and morphology)?
A shirt at its waist is first a shirt that corresponds to its morphology. Avoid a shirt “slim fit” when your shoulders are those of a wrestler, or that your belly is a little pronounced.
When you close all of the buttons in your folder, make sure that:
-The seam correctly matches the prominent bone of the shoulders, so that the shirt is properly adjusted to your build: so it must be neither too big nor too small on you.
-The pectorals must be slightly molded without too much wrinkles.
-Beware of excess tissue that you may have in the armpits that can very quickly give you a “parachute” effect.
-The folds should not be too big at the seams and the buttonhole (and buttons): otherwise, your fabric is too tight and your shirt is too small for you. So take a size above!
Shopping tip to check that your shirt is the right size
Put a fist between the bottom of the shirt and your body. If the fabric is not stretched and there are no wrinkles, then the shirt is too large.
The shirt should be long enough to fit into the pants when you want to dress in costume, and shorter if you want to give it a more casual and casual use.
The sleeves should stop just after the wrist bone and protrude a few inches when walking with a blazer.
The details to check to check the quality of a shirt
When you find yourself in front of a brand shirt and you have never seen it, neither Eve nor Adam (I like apples), it is possible to determine in a few seconds if this one is of quality And whether it will match your morphology.
Here are some tips and tricks that will allow you to filter and eliminate bad quality shirts at a glance (without even needing to try them out!). Exit the bad quality shirts, your wallet will thank you.
1) Seams should be clean and even.
You should make it a habit to check them when you buy a garment as these are generally good indicators that testify to the quality and attention paid to its production.
A shirt with well-finished seams will highlight the cut of it.
However, if they fray, or if they are not tight enough, it will be a sign of poor quality, the constraints of everyday life will remind you that it is preferable that the pieces of fabric are firmly tied together if you count the Keep a moment.
2) The cervix must be rigid.
The look of the shirt will be ensured and you will be able to wear a blazer without appearing to have forgotten your shirt in the washing machine. In the case of a casual shirt, it is less important, there is no problem if your collar is more flexible because you are not looking for the same personality as on a formal shirt.
3) The fabric should be pleasant to the touch.
At first, it will not be easy to differentiate between a quality fabric with a nice cotton that reflects the light of another, less qualitative (if you only frequent the mainstream ready-to-wear brands) .
I invite you to take the pace of upscale / upscale boutiques (see next section), certainly more expensive (sometimes out of budget), but which will allow you to get an idea about the quality of the materials used for a Shirt middle-high-end. Touch the materials, you will already see a big difference with low-end shirts.
4) Avoid tissue that creases easily.
If the shirt is already wrinkled on the hanger, imagine a little head after a day of work! In this logic, avoid (if possible) poplin which is much used for formal shirts. Naturally, prefer shirts in 100% cotton: natural materials breathe much better than synthetic.
To find out, press the fabric of a sleeve into your hand and see if any folds are immediately marked. In this case, you will be quickly set on the ironing / port ratio.
5) The colors.
As far as color is concerned, it is by strolling in stores oriented towards good quality articles, that your eye will be accustomed to recognize the beautiful materials and the shades of colors, deeper and more resistant to washes than In the Classic PAP.
In addition, the PAP shirts will wash faster (especially with underarm traces), as well as more qualitative pieces from Melinda Gloss, the Comédie Humaine or Balibaris (very good mid-range brand).
The different brands (value for money) and where to get them.
There are obviously several budgets for the purchase of a shirt.
Be aware that many brands abuse their image to sell products with a very unbalanced quality / price ratio.
Indeed, a very large part of their budget is spent in marketing and communication to maintain their brand image instead of devoting it to the quality of the product.
These are brands that have adopted a concrete marketing, at the expense of sometimes questionable materials when we see the price (plastic in a blazer to 700 euros?), Seams and fabrics a little cheaps (a jeans to 100 euros Abyss and tears after a few weeks of wearing). In short, you see what brands I want to talk about.
As a first step in finding qualitative and long-lasting products, I would advise you to turn to mid-range brands and gradually increase your quality standards.
Here are the brands that I advise you in the middle / upper range:
– Melinda Gloss: a French brand that has proved itself in recent years and is beginning to have an international impact. Prices have risen from their beginnings but quality has followed.
– Marchand Drapier: still French. Focused on daring motives, innovations and originality. The quality is very good and the comments of most observers are free!
– Acne: Swedish brand, known mainly for its jeans, and leather suits. The shirts are of very good quality, one must try one to know this sensation.
For the very high end, look at the side of Husbands, the shirts are perfect, both in terms of quality of material, and of manufacture.
For smaller budgets, do not worry, the brands quoted below do the work that is asked of them and remain of a formidable value for money.
Between 50 and 80euros, trust in:
-COS, clean parts and use of the materials specific to the brand. This high-end H & M completely fulfills its function of proposing effective basics, a little more sharp, which change from what we see on the colleagues of the office. Beware of cuts that are not made for large thin.
-Hast. Much simpler and classic, Hast offers a really interesting selection at a competitive price. The cuts are very precise and allow many men to find their happiness. Ideal for everyday use if your work requires you to wear the costume.
-Always on the classic side, go see the very good brands House Standards, Dany Berd or even Cuisse de Grenouille, a bit more staggered.
Finally, as a last resort, you can go to Zara in the hope of finding a shirt not too bad at a very light price: it is ideal if you have a student budget for example.
A smaller morphology can be enjoyed at Uniqlo or Asian brands that have smaller morphology standards.
Going further on the man’s shirt in casual style, find a colleague on our men’s magazine Our site. Discovery brands, practical advice to choose and match your clothes, or even interviews of experts await you there.