How to Pick the Right Men’s Shirt for Any Occasion

MD-527 Black White Dots crossbodyMore and more men are openly acknowledging that they have an interest in fashion that goes beyond displaying a sports logo on a T-shirt or cap. For decades, the popular bro view has been that real guys don’t do the men’s designer thing, kind of like real men don’t eat quiche. Those days are gone as more and more “real men” are admitting that they actually do care about more than comfort when picking out clothing. Unfortunately, most men haven’t been steeped in culture of stylish dress, and the effects of that lack are everywhere. It’s the guy at the office who sports a paisley designer men’s shirt with his pinstripe suit because the colors match. It’s the dude who thinks his oversize T-shirt with team logo is perfect over chinos – never mind the fact that he’s wearing chinos to begin with. For those guys, here’s a quick primer on how to pick the right men’s shirt for any occasion.

Office Dress

Put away the plain white cotton men’s dress shirt. It marks a man as unimaginative – and that’s death in just about any profession. These days, men want to show that they can think outside the box without going over the line. White’s right in some situations – but only for men who can carry the color off without looking washed out and sick. For dress days – big meetings or front-facing executive and PR positions – experts recommend solid color button down men’s designer dress shirts in hues that coordinate with suit color – and accentuate complexion.

Style Tips: Watch the fit. Many men wear shirts that are too big. If the shirt blouses over the belt or wrinkles when it’s tucked in, it’s too big.

Office Casual

Office casual used to be a once-a-week dress-down thing, but more and more workplaces have figured out that employees are more productive when they’re comfortably dressed. Gauge your office mood, experts say. At some companies, a golf shirt or men’s designer sport shirt fits the workplace ethos. At others, casual Friday simply means unbuttoning the collar of your favorite men’s dress shirt and leaving the tie in the top desk drawer. For those lucky enough to work in a creative environment, men’s designer dress shirts offer a wide range of options, including the bold prints and sophisticated good looks of men’s casual dress shirts from designers like us at Michael & David Menswear.

Style Tips: Walk the fine line between standing out and fitting in with traditional styles in unusual color choices, or break the mold with a classy men’s designer casual shirt featuring contrast cuffs and button placket.

Casual Parties and Nights Out

Especially in warmer weather, men’s short sleeve dress shirts are a tempting option for casual parties or hanging out at the local watering hole. Here’s a warning from the style experts at Esquire – if you wear these wrong, you’ll end up looking like an ‘80s nerd in a time warp. Men’s casual button down designer shirts are a nice compromise. Some slick styles feature three-quarter length sleeves with contrast cuffs and the slim fit that Esquire recommends for shorter sleeve men’s button down shirts.

Style Tips: Oversize short sleeve men’s dress shirts are a fashion faux pas. Esquire recommends a slim fit worn with slim pants to keep the silhouette neat and clean. We call this fit American Slim, to distinguish it from the tighter fit preferred by some European designers.

Club Nights

Busting it out on the dance floor requires a really hot look. Luxury fabrics, perfect fit and meticulous tailoring add up to a total win on the club scene. The Latin look is one of the hottest looks in the club, and it never goes out of style. Invest in some high-quality men’s dress shirts with a Latin vibe – a Michael & David Menswear specialty – and wear them with pride.

Style Tips: Pair slim fit shirts with slim fit jeans or black slacks for the ultimate club look. Men with a great physique can get away with tucking in, but most men will look better if they leave them loose over their jeans – the slim fit should be just right to hit at mid-hip and hang comfortably without pulling or billowing.

Choosing the right men’s dress shirt isn’t a science, and it’s certainly not brain surgery. All it takes is a few simple rules and an understanding of the proper fit for clothing. Once you get it down, you’ll always look right for the occasion.

A Whole New World of Men’s Shirts

blackWhile the Wall Street Journal – yes, that Wall Street Journal – rhapsodizes over the adoption of sportswear as fashionable day wear for men, the icon of NYC upper class attitude completely missed the boat about men’s shirts. The recent article about men’s sportswear was titled “From Treadmill to Runway: Men’s Sportswear Smartens Up,” but it lacked any mention whatsoever of one men’s fashion staple – the men’s fashion button down shirt.

In fact, men’s button down shirts are often regarded as “part of the uniform” – dull foils meant to be worn under a jacket and, at best, serve as a good background for a necktie. But American men are starting to wake up to a whole world of men’s button down shirt styles, styles in bright colors and patterns, with contrast stitching and design details that European and South American men have long taken for granted. And despite the fact that American men are a bit late to the party in adopting the fashionable men’s shirt looks, they’re definitely turning up everywhere, from the floor of the club to hot A-list Hollywood parties.

At Michael & David, our LA menswear design house offers a line of men’s designer shirts that combine continental style sensibility with the comfort and quality American men expect. In fact, our company website features photos of celebrities hobnobbing with fans, performing and just generally hanging out wearing our designer signature Michael & David men’s designer shirts. They feature bold colors, distinctive patterns and what we like to call an “American slim” fit. This style of shirt is cut close to fit the masculine body, but not so tight it binds in the wrong places. These are shirts designed for style and comfort, the hallmark of the very finest in menswear design.

Men’s Button Down Shirt Style

In the world of men’s shirts, button down shirts are a step above jerseys and pullovers on the formality scale. Even plaid flannel shirts and the ever-popular men’s shirt in blue chambray are just a touch dressier than a tee or sweater. So it’s no surprise that men’s button downs are more welcome at the club than a golf shirt or sweats – even if the Wall Street Journal seems to think that silk sweats are a more fashionable alternative to a suit with a button down shirt. The WSJ has never been known as an arbiter of fashion, men’s or otherwise, though they’re not entirely wrong on this one. After all, no one wants to hit the dance floor in a suit and tie.

What they do want is a men’s shirt that looks fabulous, feels comfortable and wears like iron. Our Michael & David design line ticks all the boxes. Not only are they fashionable and attractive, these shirts feature high quality construction details, like double-stitched seams, meticulous tailoring and exquisite style. Our men’s designer shirt imports are cut to fit comfortably without being sloppy, and crafted of 100% natural Turkish cotton, which is generally acknowledged to be among the most luxurious fabrics in the world. The luxurious fabric and quality construction guarantee that the shirts will look as good after dozens of washes as they do right out of the package.

Men’s button down shirts may not be walking down the fashion runways this summer, but they’re definitely be putting in appearances at clubs, weddings and other occasions and events all over the country. Perhaps the Wall Street Journal should stick to reporting financial news.