The basic shirt is comprised of the collar, sleeves, cuffs and yoke. The yoke and the sleeves have plackets to help with the closures which may be buttons, studs or cufflinks. More on all those in future posts…
A shirt may have short sleeves, for wear in tropical or warm summer climates. It may also be of finely woven cotton pressed and starched for ‘white tie‘ occassions. The various elements of the shirt may be changed to give such a wide variety that it has become the staple of gentlemen’s dress.
* – Please note that an undershirt is not a shirt. A “T-shirt” is of the most extreme casual dress and one that should be the rare exception to a gentleman’s dress and not the rule!
The most important element of any shirt in a gentleman’s wardrobe is that is fit him properly. Each fellow has there own desired fit for their ideal shirt and you need to know how to measure one so you can find them more easily.
For your viewing pleasure and sartorial edification:
- Let’s Talk Shirts – By Yepme.com (yepmedotcom.wordpress.com)
- Day Shirt And Night Shirt For Older Boy (# 0172) (vpll1912project.org)
- Plackets and Pockets: Know the Details For classic men’s… (putthison.com)
- One For the Guys: Cool Cufflinks (fabsugar.com)