SHIRTS AND BLOUSES: Dress Shirts
The choice of shirts and blouses can be bewildering. For example what is an Oxford shirt or a business shirt? What is the difference between easy-care and Tencel® fabric? Should I choose a polycotton shirt or 100% cotton shirt? Or what is a pilot shirt?
In this weeks blog I will try to answer which shirt or blouse you should purchase for your business, company or club.
To state the obvious, a poloshirt, t-shirt or sweatshirt are completely unrelated products, and maybe in a later blog we will look at the origin of these garments.
Most of us at one time or another have had a dress shirt. No, not a frock, but probably a Classic White button-front shirt, maybe one where the cuffs are held together with tasteful cuff links, or, if wearing a bow tie, having a wing collar, which is a small triangle collar where the bow sits comfortably below.
Here at Whittakers Embroidery we leave wing collar shirts to the High Street, the reason being they are just a little too specialist even for us. But the choice of Classic White full button-up shirts is immense. The one I would have in my wardrobe would be from the Russell collection, the J958M Men's Long Sleeve Tailored Ultimate Non-Iron Shirt - see photo below.
This is a tailored fit shirt, which means this is a semi-fitted shirt in that it tapers in for a streamline look, but maybe if, like me, you are always fighting that extra tyre then move to the size above!
The collar is a semi-cutaway collar, for which the addition of a tie gives a finished look. Probably this is one of our more expensive shirts, so possibly unlikely to be viable cost-wise for a large work force, or club. But certainly perfect for a small party attending an awards evening, or a corporate day, personalised, with a discreet embroidered logo in the same colour of the shirt, or, monogrammed on the cuffs. I feel either option would be an excellent choice.
Why the cost? Well this shirt truly is a non-iron shirt due to in the manufacturing process, a special vapour is applied to tighten the weave and gives a softer feel, coupled with taped seams. According to the manufacturer, these internal taped seams hold the fabric together like scaffolding, but giving a structure to avoid creasing.
Personally I find it hard to beat a pure White shirt with classy cufflinks as this gives a real touch of class. But this shirt is also available in Black, Bright Sky and Classic Pink. There is also a the classic-fit version, the J956M Men's Long Sleeve Ultimate Non-Iron Shirt which gives a more relaxed fit, and certainly if faced with a long car, plane or rail journey this would be my choice. The 100% cotton would be comfortable to wear and the ultimate non-iron features would leave you looking smart and business-like. There are short-sleeved & womens blouses too in the same styles.
So, that is my choice of White classy dress shirt. But what is an Oxford shirt? This will be answered in my next blog.