From power suits to flannel shirts, American men have never really been known as fashion icons. After decades of men’s white button down dress shirts—with an occasional nod to pale blue or yellow—it seems that American men might be on the verge of breaking out of their fashion rut. And on the forefront of this change is one lone men’s shirt company, Michael & David. This cutting edge designer is bringing something new to the table with their bold and unique style—an exceptional palette of men’s fashion shirts in vibrant colors.
In fact, the company seems to be on a mission to change the way American men dress.
Men who discover these sophisticated shirts have quickly abandoned the wasteland of gray flannel suits, double-breasted jackets and understated bland dress shirts. They are now opting for more color, like Michael & David’s limited-run patterns that range from bold contrasts to subtle tone-on-tone jacquard woven fabrics. These men definitely stand out against the bland crowd that wears the typical pastels and whites.
In addition to more color, today’s men are also saying goodbye to oversized shirts that are designed to hide the fact their shirt just doesn’t fit. Taking their cue from European designers, these new stylish men want long sleeve casual shirts that are slim-cut, designed to taper from shoulder to waist and tuck neatly into pants without bunching over the belt. The result is a cleaner, neater, more elegant look.
Michael & David’s designers are also answering the call by bringing a more European flair in other ways. Their long-sleeve men’s dress shirts feature full button French cuffs, many of them with stylish contrast lining intended to be displayed, along with matching collar band lining that makes a true fashion statement. They use only the finest 100% Turkish cotton, known the world over for its luxurious drape and feel. The precision seams are carefully checked and double-checked to ensure that each stitch is perfect. The top-seam stitching is an elegant European touch that’s reminiscent of the finest bespoke tailoring.
This growing movement for something new shows what can happen when a company steps in at the exact moment the population is demanding change. There is clearly a new style on the horizon for American men, and Michael & David’s men’s shirts seem to be leading the charge. So, can one men’s dress shirt company change the way American men dress? It appears that they’re doing just that.