Men's Dress Shirts

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The art of picking out men's dress shirts seems to have eluded lots of boys during their transitions to manhood. The result is a population of full-grown and often professional men who still don't know what to look for in their daily duds and must instead rely on their girlfriends, wives, moms, and sisters for advice. Well, now that your AARP card has arrived in the mail, it's time to take the shirt by the collar and educate yourself.

Men's dress shirts provide the base of your appearance. Their color dictates the type and style of accents that mesh with them as well as the fabric and cut of your pants. If you mostly wear suits to work, you're better off starting with those, then picking your dress shirts to match, as suits can be markedly more expensive. If, however, your work environment calls for khakis and button-downs, there's no reason not to start with your dress shirt.

What To Look For in Men's Dress Shirts

Above all else, choose your men's dress shirts for quality. How do you know quality when you see it? Well, for one thing, you should be able to feel it in the fabric. Some people choose shirts the same way they choose their beddings--by thread count. While this is one barometer of craftsmanship, the quality of the stitching is just as important. Simply pick up a few shirts and compare the differences along the seams and cuffs, and you should be able to tell the difference between a well made and cheaply made shirt.

Next, if you're building a wardrobe from scratch, start by choosing solid shirts in versatile colors such as white, black, gray, and blue. As you begin to exhaust your options with these, expand into stripes and checks, two patterns that still afford you versatility. Just be sure to choose subtle designs, not stripes and checks that scream "Look at me!"

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