We’re here today with the latest entry in our ongoing series – The Perfect Fit. Last time we covered how your suit trousers should fit.
Luckily for those who like putting complete outfits together in a cinch, today we’re looking into how a dress
Even if you don’t wear one every day, it pays to know how to wear one – and how a dress
If you are in the habit of wearing a dress
Coming from a guy who dresses casual day in and day out, it helps to get reacquainted with dressier style principles from time to time. Once you’ve got down the basics of how a dress
But’s let back up a few steps and make sure that your
How Should My Dress
Look around any office and you’ll see varying examples of poor dress
- Too baggy
- Too loose through the arms
- Too tight around the shoulders
We’re going for the sweet spot in terms of fit, though. Tailored, yes. But not skin-tight.
Oftentimes, shirts are too long or baggy through the middle. You should aim for a dress
Our man Dwight Schrute is not someone to emulate for how a dress
Dialing in the fit through the chest is crucial. This helps ensure the rest of your
A higher armhole prevents excess fabric on the top half of your body. Again, we’re going for tailored, not tight.
Through the arms, you want a dress
Aim for a happy medium – take, for instance, actor Eddie Redmayne. Although he’s wearing his crisp white
Finding the perfect fit for your dress shirts might take some experimentation. If you hit the gym a lot, a size Small
That’s why knowing your measurements is so important. You’re going to want to know both your neck (circumference) and sleeve (length) measurements when shopping.
Big-name, trusted brands like J. Crew offer dress shirts in sizes Small through Extra Large. Sizing charts come in handy. And never rule out trying on a
There are other methods that aim to be error-proof. For instance, custom
More on that later. For now…
Think Of It This Way:
- Minimize excess fabric through the waist and sleeves
- A higher armhole creates clean lines
- Don’t go too tight or too baggy
What To Avoid
When shopping for dress shirts and trying to find that elusive perfect fit, beware this trap:
Current fashion trends generally dictate that tighter is better. But a dress
There’s a difference between a skin-tight fit and a tailored fit. Daniel Craig gets it mostly right, even if his
You might argue, “If I’m wearing a jacket, why does it matter how my dress
Don’t make the mistake of thinking a jacket can hide all your style sins, either. Instead, let’s nail that perfect fit.
It’s all too easy to go hog-wild and buy up handfuls of dress shirts on the cheap in an effort to find a great fit. Retailers who specialize in “fast fashion” should be avoided.
These brands make their clothing on the cheap, using lower-quality fabrics. That results in dress shirts that don’t fit, wash, or wear well.
Reputable brands like Ledbury specialize in excellent tailored wear and can even help you stock up on other style essentials.
There’s also some debate over the quality (and safety) of non-iron or wrinkle-free dress shirts. That’s because they’re usually treated with a chemical like formaldehyde.
Is there anything better than a crisp white dress shirt with a standout fit – courtesy of neck and sleeve measurements? Not quite.
Remember, the road to a great fit is filled with pitfalls.
Think Of It This Way:
- Don’t buy too tight – go with a tailored fit for your body that allows for easy comfort with or without a jacket
- Avoid “fast fashion” brands that use cheap fabrics
- Look out for non-iron dress shirts treated with dangerous chemicals
How Should I Wear My Dress
As all of us EG readers know, starting with great fit makes things easier in terms of styling potential.
If you’ve got a clean and crisp dress
When the occasion calls for a tailored ensemble, your well-fitting dress
Ties and other accessories are an entirely different ball-game. It all depends on the type of dress
Keep your fit dialed in. Here’s a quick crash course:
- If you’re wearing a classic blue or white dress
shirtin a cotton fabric, a slim black or navy knit tie is the ultimate finishing touch.
- Silk ties are another good, classic option – but beware the trap of always reaching for a predictable red silk tie. Like a certain political leader…
- A slimmer, subtler tie – like a navy knit tie – makes it easier to ditch your jacket and roll up your sleeves – provided you’ve got the right fit.
- If you’re wearing a dress
shirtwith a rougher fabric, such as a chambray dress shirt, a tie with a more substantial texture (like wool) will play off the shirtnicely.
- You want to tie a knot that’s about the same proportion as your
shirtcollar. For more, check out the tie knots we suggest (you really only need to know these two).
Of course, you’ll want to make sure your
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of variables in terms of accessories to match with dress shirts. But keep this in mind: It all starts with great fit.
Think Of It This Way:
- Styling your dress
shirtwith everyday classics is easy if you start with the perfect fit
- Look for accessories that complement the weight, texture, and color of your
- Match the proportions of your dress
shirt‘s collar with your jacket and tie
Start with The Basics
The more you try your hand at perfecting the fit of your everyday essentials – and it’s still something I struggle with from time to time – the easier it becomes to build upon those principles.
Start by learning how a dress
You get the picture.
Perfecting the fit of your dress
Sometimes, the smallest building blocks make the biggest impact – especially in terms of style.