Best Mens Business Shirts. How To Know.

Having bought and endured my fair share of poor quality business shirts, I thought it might be worth sharing some of the things I’ve learned. High quality doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. But, a word of advice, a high price is certainly no guarantee of high quality.

100% Pure, Two Fold Cotton

Most cotton is crafted from single yarns, meaning that strands of the cotton staple are spun to make a single thread. This thread is used to weave traditional shirting fabrics, which are not quite as luxurious as the ones made from double-cotton.

To make a two-fold yarn, a long and fine staple yarn is chosen first. Then, these separate yarns from the cotton staple are spun together again creating a very fine yarn that has essentially been folded together twice. This is finally woven into a shirting which has a smoother, silkier finish.

The extra care and processing that goes into manufacturing two-fold cotton is reflected in the higher price point of the final piece.

The bottom line is that shirts made from two fold cotton never scratch or itch. Instead, they are soft, lustrous, breathable and comfortable.

Yeah, I’m a fan.

 

The Brass Stiffener

Brass_Collar_StiffenersThe best collars are two piece, with a fabric interlining sewn in. The removable brass collar stiffeners are the essential piece that stops your collars from curling.

Personally, I can’t stand it when the tips of the collars curl up. It doesn’t matter how much ironing or starch spray you use!

Collar stiffeners are brilliant. I only wish I had more spare ones as I keep misplacing them.

 

Lock Stitched Buttons

Simple really. You should be able to easily turn your buttons at a 90 degree angle. This ensures that once buttoned, your shirt placket will always lie flat.

Pretty important really as the buttons are  key piece of the shirt and the overall look.

 

A Split Back Yoke

Here is something that has become less common, in our modern world of cheap and mass produced everything. Look for a four piece back yoke. Not the most obvious feature, I know, but worth it, as your shirt will fit you better.

 

Variety Is More Than Just Spice

You’ve heard the saying that variety is the spice of life. In terms of business shirts, it’s also a sign of quality and attention to detail.

While not a guarantee in itself, combined with the features above, gives a very strong indication that your looking at some seriously good shirts. Look for some of these options:

  • A good range of colour options
  • A good range of designs and patterns
  • A choice of collar styles
  • Single and double-cuff sleeves on offer
  • A choice of sleeve lengths
  • A choice of shirt fits

 

Finally, let me recommend trying something different, whether it’s a brighter colour than usual, or a new collar style. I can tell you from experience that you’ll end up loving your choice more often than not, and, you might even find a new favourite.

 

Feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear you thoughts and experiences. All the best.

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Best Mens Business Shirts. How To Know.

  • November 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm
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    Wow, I am so pleased that I have found this website. Wearing good quality shirts is something that I love doing, especially as I have to wear shirts almost every day.

    I also am a big fan of Charles Tyrwhitt, I haven’t come across a poor shirt from them yet.

    Can I ask you a couple of things? Firstly, when I use the brass stiffeners I still find that the very edge corner of the collar (beyond where the stiffener reaches) still sometimes curls under and I am forever having to curl it back! Is there something that I can do to stop that happening?

    Secondly, I have been told that if you iron a non iron shirt it loses it’s non iron properties and you have to iron it from then on. Is that just nonsense or it there some truth to it?

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    • November 11, 2016 at 9:42 pm
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      Hi Brian, Thanks for the comments and question. As you would have noted, I’m a fan of Charles Tyrwhitt shirts too, but only because I’ve had outstanding service from them and the shirts have been the best that I’ve had.

      I have had the same experience with the brass collar stiffeners, so let me share the steps I took to help with the very end of the collar tip still curling. Firstly, I now bend the stiffeners very slightly in the opposite direction to the curl. When I do actually iron the shirts, I make sure that it is damp. For many years I didn’t bother since I was using a steam iron, but ensuring the shirt is slightly damp and still using the steam iron is actually easier and an improved result. Ironing the collar from the centre out towards the tip seems to help a little as well. I always make sure I leave the shirt to “set” after ironing. 10 minutes seems best. This away I’m not putting on a shirt that still has the fibres relaxed and accidentally bending the collar tip. It’s not perfect, but it has improved things. Hope this helps.

      The non-iron question is interesting because the official line is that “yes” ironing a non-iron shirt may damage the shirt. CT say that their non-iron shirts are better off in a dryer since the heat helps the non-iron fibres, and if we must iron, to follow the instructions of ironing while slightly damp.

      Personally, I find that I have 50-50 luck with using the dryer method. The twill and heavier weave shirts definitely come out of the dyer as not needing to be ironed, but the poplin and lighter weave ones still need a quick run over. I don’t often use the dyer except in Winter or bad weather end of ironing all shirts more often that not. I can’t tell of the non-iron properties have been damaged or not since I still get the above result if I do use the dyer and I find all my CT shirts are so easy to iron anyway.

      All the best.

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