Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Three reasons why you need a bespoke dress shirt

Editor's note — This is part of a continuing Pinstripes and Tweed series on custom clothing

PHOTOS by PinstripesandTweed.com.

One of the main ingredients in becoming an elegant and fashionable fellow is a bespoke shirt.

There are a multitude of reasons why tailored shirts are an essential component of any stylish chap’s wardrobe, but let’s take a look at three of the most compelling of these reasons.

Quality

There is simply no comparison between a finely tailored bespoke shirt and the sorts of garments that you find populating the shelves of fashion retailers found in shopping malls.

The materials, comfort and fit of these shirts is simply unparalleled and it is clear that a tailor will go for quality over quantity whereas mass-market retailers are quite the opposite, at least for the most part.

Comparing bespoke with lower quality shirting is like comparing chalk and cheese.

Style

It's not until you’ve draped a finely tailored shirt around your frame that you realize just how stylish this type of garment truly is.

And because you are likely moving beyond the solid white shirt found in department stores and shopping malls, the endless — cuff styles, collar options, monograms, hundreds of fabrics — available with bespoke means your style will be elevated above that of the other chaps.

Fit

The key difference that you’ll notice when buying bespoke is that of the fit.

If you’ve worn shirts a lot in your day-to-day life, you will likely have grown accustomed to how they fit but, in actuality, the sizing will probably be incorrect.

The only way to ensure that you get the best possible fit is by visiting a tailor who will take your dimensions and craft a shirt specifically for you. You’ll notice right away the difference this makes as soon as you do up the buttons.

— Leo Parker

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