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.

The Men’s Fashion World Has Finally Caught up With Us

Accordinmens shirtg to the New York Observer, men’s fashion has all but come completely undone. And we don’t want to toot our own horn, but the truth is, we have understood this change in men’s fashion for some time now. If you’re a man, or a woman who dresses a man, listen up because everything you know about men’s fashion has just been turned on its head. Here are the changes you can expect to see as this new style takes over.

The Peacock is Out of Style

In year’s past, men have taken the fashion world by storm by asserting themselves and claiming their role in the fashion world. Unfortunately, this trend can be summed up by one word: overdone. Akin to women’s fashion in the 80s, men have started to take themselves way too seriously, and the result is the metrosexual male. This new style man is nothing like men of the past. They took themselves very seriously, and took grooming to a whole new level. In fact, the rise of the contemporary metrosexual had men competing with women for bathroom time, and grooming themselves to peacock status. The implication was that they took themselves just as seriously as women when it came to looking good. But luckily, that fashion era is over, and the new man will strive for a more casual look—one of studied nonchalance. The Italians call it sprezzatura, and the goal of the fashion trend is to make a man look as if he doesn’t take himself, or his clothes, too seriously.

The Nonchalant Male is in Style

Men no longer have to polish their shoes to a perfect shine, spend hundreds of dollars on skin care products and make sure their pants have the perfect crease in them before they can be seen outside of the house. Instead, men are getting real. They’re wearing wrinkled clothes, refusing to button their shirts all the way up, and wearing their hair more relaxed and tousled, instead of the slicked back look of last year. In other words, men have decided that they have better things on their minds than making sure their breast pocket squares are precisely positioned. The key to the look, according to Dan Rookwood is hygiene. “Your hair might look like you haven’t washed it lately, but it’s still clean. And you might be the kind of guy who rarely, if ever, washes his raw jeans in order to get a fade and fit that is bespoke to you, but you can still air them and spritz them with an antibacterial fabric spray.” Men’s fashion week showcased this style by dressing down business suits with denim and even leaving shoe buckles undone. In other words, the era of perfection dressing for men is over.

We Hate to Say We Told You So, But…

At Michael and David, we anticipated this shift in men’s fashion some time ago, and that’s why we design our men’s shirts for the fashionable man who is comfortable enough with himself to be, and look, real. We are famous for our casual, but stylish shirts that come with contrasting collars and cuffs. And our shirts are designed to be worn outside, not tucked inside the pant, like the prissy style of last year. But our men’s shirts don’t look sloppy, like other past men’s fashion styles. Instead, they’re made to fit close to a man’s body and show off his physique. In addition, we use only the best Turkish cotton which is in line with today’s casual, but quality trend. And yes, our shirts are casual and prone to sprezzatura. In fact, some observers of the industry might say we are the forerunners of the style. Our shirts are easily recognized as a one of the leaders in today’s men’s fashion trends. Have you noticed lately how many starts and singers are wearing them? It’s because they want to look like they care about their appearance, without the overdone look of yesterday.

If you haven’t yet experienced the look of Michael and David menswear, you couldn’t have picked a better time to try one on and see for yourself the difference the right shirt on a man can make. Our shirts are showing up at a growing list of fine men’s stores and in some overseas cities. And for a limited time, you can find them on Amazon Prime.

Sergio Goyri Shows Off His Style With Michael and David Men’s Shirts

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Sergio Goyri, the long-time telenovela actor has been a staple on annual awards shows since he first started acting in the 1970s. Over the years, Goyri has played protagonists, antagonists and supporting roles, but his suave, sophisticated style has never changed. On camera, Sergio Goyri always cuts a dashing figure, and he’s no less sophisticated when relaxing and attending public gatherings. Lately, the dashing leading man of Mexican cinema and television has been seen about town wearing shirts from up-and-coming LA design house, Michael and David Menswear.

Goyri first made a splash in the role of Joaquin in the telenovela MundoOpuestos in 1975. In 1984, he was recognized as the Best Male Revelation for his role in El Maleficio, starting a string of awards and nominations that extended from the 1980s to 2012, when he was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Ricardo Valtierr in Dos Hogares. In addition to his consistent presence in various telenovelas, Goyri has also played in well over 100 films over the course of his career, making him one of the best-known faces and influential actors in Mexican media.

Our fashionable men’s shirts are a perfect match for Goyri’s particular blend of macho sophistication and elegance. The high-quality tailoring and meticulous construction guarantee an excellent fit and the kind of comfort required in the actor’s busy life. The American slim cut is specially designed to be flattering, whether the shirt is worn loose over jeans or tucked into dress slacks and worn with a jacket. We offer a wide range of patterns and styles, from very bold to subtle tone-on-tone woven jacquards favored by Sergio Goyri, who was last spotted wearing a slim-fit black Michael and David shirt with patterned contrast button placket, collar and cuff facings.

Sergio Goyri the Actor Wears Michael and David Men's Designer Shirts - Pictures on Far Right

Sergio Goyri the Actor Wears Michael and David Men’s Designer Shirts – Pictures on Far Right

Michael and David Say No to Ugly Sweaters for the Holidays

Ugly sweater parties are all the rage this holiday season, but at least one design house is saying no to the ironic hipster trend. Why wear an ugly sweater when you can hit the holiday parties in a stylish shirt that makes a real impression, asks Michael & David, a fast-growing men’s fashion design firm. Over the past few years, Michael and David has become the champion of fine casual dressing for men. Their line of stylish men’s casual shirts features European flair that brings out the fashionable side of any man. To help men dress for holiday cheer, the up-and-coming design house offers these tips for avoiding the ugly sweater syndrome.

Ties are optional. Unless the invitation specifies business attire or higher, ties are definitely optional for holiday partying. Instead, suggest fashion gurus, choose shirts with stylish collars that look great buttoned up or open. Michael and David men’s shirts include a range of collar styles, including meticulously tailored and stitched styles and collars faced with contrast fabrics ideal for open wearing.

Slim fit is in. Many shirt companies make their shirts oversize on the theory that tucking in shirt tails forgives poor fit. Instead, men end up with wrinkled shirts and uncomfortable bulk at the waist. European designers have understood this for years, and opt for a slimmer, more fitted cut that emphasizes a man’s build and fits as well under a suit jacket or sweater as it does worn untucked over fashionable slacks or jeans.

For those attending ugly sweater parties, layering is a life-saver. After all, fun is fun and it’s just rude to ignore a host’s party theme. Ugly sweater party-goers don’t have to stay ugly all night, though. Wearing the sweater over a fashionable shirt gives men the option to shed the reindeer, wreaths and snowflakes later in the evening and show off their personal style.

To tuck or not to tuck, that is the question – and the answer is to suit the occasion. For casual affairs or a night at the club, an untucked shirt makes a clear fashion and comfort statement. Untucked shirts move more easily on the dance floor and look more approachable and comfortable at the bar. For more businesslike affairs, a slim-fit shirt tucks neatly into dress slacks at the office Christmas party or an afternoon open house at the boss’ place.

Michael and David shirts are available at a growing number of fine men’s clothing stores throughout the nation. For a limited time, they can also be found online through Amazon Prime at special promotional prices for those who enjoy affordable high-end style.

Michael and David Suggest Top Holiday Gifts for the Well-Dressed Man

Skip the obligatory silk tie for Christmas, suggests men’s fashion house, Michael and David. The California men’s fashion firm believes that American men are ready for a style revolution, and they’re doing their bit to make it happen. As part of its quest to awaken men’s fashion sense, the company offers a list of gift suggestions for those who have fashion-conscious men on their gift-giving list. The list includes a range of fashion accessories and grooming aids to help them present an image consistent with the high-end, high-quality fashion shirts on which the brand is building its name.

Good grooming is essential to good fashion. Well-designed men’s grooming kits make great stocking stuffers. The well-chosen grooming kit takes the gift-giver’s personal needs into account, but should include nail clippers, fine scissors and a nail file. Other options to consider include a good razor and a high-quality men’s hair brush.

Well-maintained shoes are the mark of a conscientiously well-dressed man. Shoeshine kits may have gone underground in this day of athletic shoes, but they still have a place on the gift list for any fashion-conscious man. There are many affordable travel kits that include shoe polish, shoe brushes and other cleaning supplies to make sure a man is well-appointed from head to toe.

Nothing spoils a man’s appearance like lint and wrinkles. While they may not be the most glamorous of holiday gifts, a portable hand steamer and lint brush are among the most useful. There are a number of great options that can help men look their best at all times.

The stylish man should smell as good as he looks. Every fashionable man will appreciate toiletry gifts, but they don’t have to be limited to cologne and aftershave these days. Many men’s fragrance houses now also offer coordinated body washes, shampoos, conditioners and other cleaning and grooming products with high fashion appeal.

Shirts are easily the most visible and memorable piece of men’s attire, making the right shirt an indispensable starting point for any outfit. Michael and David offers a range of men’s fashion shirts for all casual and office casual wear. The design line’s shirt styles feature a range of colors and patterns, from bold to subtle, and a classic European cut for fitted style. Michael and David shirts are available at a growing number of fine men’s clothing stores throughout the country and selected European cities, as well as online through Amazon Prime for a limited time.