They say don't judge a book by the cover. But we all know that first appearances matter and first impressions can make or break any professional or personal relationship. Sure, confidence comes from within but if it's covered by daggy unironed clothing it becomes a lot harder to be taken seriously and be respected.
They say don't judge a book by it's cover. But we all know that first appearances matter and first impressions can make or break any professional or personal relationship. Sure, confidence comes from within but if it's covered by daggy unironed clothing it becomes a lot harder to be taken seriously and be respected. Your shirt is the first item of clothing that draws the eye and it can make or break your outfit so it becomes vital to find your perfect fit.
There are a lot of details to consider - collar and cuffs, buttons, stitching and fit, colour and design. It may sound complicated but you only need to follow a few simple rules to feel like a boss even if you are only on your way to becoming one.
1. Get measured. A lot of mens business shirts are sold in simply small, medium, large etc. sizes which is fine but always make sure the size matches your measurements. If the collar is too tight or too loose, not only will you be uncomfortable but it will also ruin the whole look. As a rule, make sure you can fit one finger between the collar and your neck. Anything more than that indicates the work shirt is too big.
2. If you can afford it, go for slim fit and tighter cuts. The work shirt shouldn't hug you like a stocking but there is nothing worse than having it balloon over your trousers and add a couple of sizes. Be confident with slim fits - they look great and slimming even on bigger sizes. Slim fits are also ideal for taller guys. The cut is longer but the torso is smaller. There are also extra slim fit mens shirts available these days.
3. Pick shirts that stand out on their own and can take you from day to night. There are so many design and colour options these days that it's easy to get lost. Solid colour, plaid and striped have been the long term favourites but a new trend is emerging in Europe. European men love the simple coloured mens shirts with collar and cuff designs and contrast colours. These shirts look great under a suit during the day and add something unique for the night when you take off the blazer. Try some new colours and designs, stand out of a crowd, you want to be noticed!
4. No matter how great your shirt looks and fits you will still look terrible if you don't take care of it. Make sure your formal shirt is ironed and please, please, oh please, always tuck it in! You don't want to look like you just fished your shirt out of a dirty laundry basket and confused it with a mini dress for a second. These rules are crucial for a good look - iron and tuck in! It's not hard to find a great looking and well fitted formal shirt from a range of offered mens clothing. If you follow the few rules discussed you will always look great, feel amazing and there is only one way to go from there - up!