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.

Slip into Slim Fit Fashion with The Reinvigorated 60’s Look

aaabbbThroughout the years we have seen many fashion statements from year’s gone by make a sudden and dramatic return to the fashion world. Obviously not all fashion styles comeback; some are (luckily) buried in the annals of history never to be seen again. Some examples of those that are retuning are the popular dresses from the 80’s, and even the 1950’s haircut has started to spread across some parts of the World, mostly thanks to English football legend David Beckham.

The Return of the Sixties For Men

Men’s fashions are currently going through a shift as the 1960 styles are popping up in 2015 with a new line of slim fit shirts. These sleeker, more sophisticated shirts are being embraced by many people. That’s no surprise when you consider that these shirts are more tailored, sleek, tidy and polished. Compare that to the styles of yesterday when men wore baggy shirts that simply didn’t fit properly.  Bu the swinging 60’s was the era for everything skinny, and we are convinced that this new sleek fashion style is about to take the world by storm—once again.

Design Houses and Celebrities are Both Helping Endorse the New Look

Luckily, this is one fashion trends that transcends the magazines and fashion columns. There are quit a few high quality outlets that are buzzing about the new slim fit designs, and plenty of celebs who are more than happy to be seen out and about in the new look. Whether it’s a pair of skinny jeans, a skinny t-shirt or a skinny shirt, 60’s fashion is back. And at Michael and David’s men’s shirts, we want to make sure American men understand the shift in their fashion world—and don’t get left behind.

Mexican Singer Javier Rosas Takes Slim Fit to a New Level

Several celebrities had been seen around town wearing our shirts, which fit nicely into the new fashion trend. For example, we’ve already seen the hit Mexican singer Javier Rosas donning our new slim-fit clothing line, but it doesn’t stop there. Many celebrities are flocking to our designer racks to make sure they aren’t left out when it comes to the latest styles. Which brings us to our next point.

We don’t just mass produce our product. Instead, we understand the importance of uniqueness and individuality in men’s fashion designs. That’s why each one of our shirts is part of a limited edition design so men can feel confident that they’ll stand out from the crown. But that means that once stock runs out on a particular line, you won’t be able to purchase the shirt anymore. That’s why it’s important that when you see a shirt you love, you should put off the purchase.

Each of our limited edition sets is well thought-out and meticulously designed out of the finest Turkish fabric. And we pay attention to the details. Each and every design, down to the last cross-stitch is of supurb and uncompromising quality.

More About How the Shirts are Made

If you’ve never worn a quality shirt, you may not be familiar with all of the benefits you’ll experience when you slip one on. The shirts are tailored slim fit, and will fit you like a dream because they are made for your body type. They won’t be too loose, and they won’t be too tight. Instead, they’ll fit you as if they were designed just for you.

You will also find the following features in our shirts:

  • A unique, custom designer style with contrasting cuff and collar details that give you a comfortable, understated elegance. You’ll continue to receive compliments after years of wear.
  • Shirts are made from Turkish cotton, which is one of the most sought after and desirable fabrics in the high quality men’s shirt fashion circles.
  • Premium collar stays are used in order to keep collars looking great after years of wear.

As if that’s not enough, we are so confident that you will love our shirts that we offer a 100 percent money back guarantee if you’re not happy with the shirt for any reason.

 

There you have it, slim fit is back in fashion. Will you be joining the new fashion trend?

We Completely Agree With Esquire Magazine: Men Need to Take Off their Ugly T-shirts

aAre you still wearing free t-shirts and calling it style? If so, Esquire Magazine has some advice for you—take them off!!  With the advent of the internet and all things tech, startup T-shirts became the rage as startup companies handed them out like candy. Men across America began wearing them with jeans, sweaters, and even under suit jackets. The popular magazine recently released an article that was based on a Tumblr piece called Dudes in Startup Shirts, and makes fun of men in the shirts. The article is complete with many photos of men who, quite frankly, think they look better than they really do in the shirts. Here are some of the highlights from the article:

  • In a couple of the photos, men are shown either eating pizza or standing over a pizza with a knife ready to cut it. In all of the pizza photos, the men are wearing T-shirts that advertise startups, many of which most people have never heard of.
  • There were many photos of men at tech conferences who wore the T-shirts to advertise their brand. This is the one instance where we believe the shirts may be appropriate
  • One photo showed a man being led away in handcuffs with a startup logo blazing across the front of the shirt. This is one type of publicity the startup founders probably never counted on, or wished for.
  • Thumbs up poses were big in the article, especially when the photo showed men in groups. They would cluster around each other, all with goofy grins and giving a thumbs up to the camera.

The Takeaway

As you can imagine, the magazine article didn’t show men—or their fashion sense—in the best light. The takeaway from the piece is that it’s time for men to start taking their fashion seriously, and free startup T-shirts just aren’t going to cut it. The problem is that the American style of men’s fashion is currently undergoing major changes, and the men portrayed in these photos are simply not keeping up with the times.

The New American Style

While it was considered hip in the past decade for men to be charmingly sloppy as they were dressed in jean with baggy shirts or the startup tees mentioned above, that look is past its prime. Today’s men are waking up and realizing that the rest of the world has left them behind when it comes to fashion. For instance, in Europe, which has been long considered the place for fashion icons, men are wearing more sophisticated styles. Long gone are the baggy shirts that make men look dowdy. They have been replaced for a more fitted style that is far more appealing for all body types. In addition, rather than the simple blend of cotton tees and the baggy shirts of yesteryear, the new styles are made with high quality fabrics, such as Turkish cotton, arguably the most luxurious fabric to hit men’s fashion in decades. In addition, men are challenging the status quo by insisting on men’s shirts that have character, rather than the one style for everyone theme of the past decade. The new shirts feature contrasting collars and cuffs in a multitude of colors and styles that allow men to express themselves while still remaining fashionable and sophisticated.

Have You Seen Our Men’s Shirts?

If you ‘re not familiar with our brand, you’re going to be surprised when you see our line of men’s shirts. You see, we realized some time ago that American men were falling behind in the fashion world, and we introduced a line that brought the highlights of European style to the American man. We feature Turkish cotton shirts with the fitted lines that have taken Europe by storm. In addition, we offer a wide range of colors, along with contrasting cuffs and collars to fit every man’s style.

So Take off the Tees!

While it’s true that every man needs free T-shirts, however goofy, the fashion magazine makes a valid suggestion: wear them in the privacy of your own home. And after reviewing the pictures and comments from Esquire Magazine and the tumbler site, it might be wise to follow their advice and only wear the shirts while cleaning out your gutters, painting your house or, while working out at the gym. And when you’re trying to make a good impression, or are out in public, keep up with today’s style by wearing shirts that will keep you feeling comfortable and looking your best. If you haven’t already, take a look around our site and see what today’s fashionable man is wearing.

The Verdict is in—Men are Wearing Sim Fit Shirts More Than Ever Now

MD-515 White 2 front cuff upIt’s the typical story—American fashion usually follows behind Europe and Asian, and in the world of men’s fashion, that seems to be happening again. According to a recently issued report by Bloomberg News, American men are finally catching up to the fashion trends in Europe and Asia when it comes to the style of shirt they are wearing. Up until the shift, American men have been perfectly content to wear baggy dress shirts in monotone colors with no real style distinction. And during this time, forward thinking men in Europe and Asia have preferred a more slim fit style that feature contrasting collars and cuffs. But finally, it appears that American men are catching up with the trend. Bloomberg News recently brought home that fact when it reported that 60 percent of all men’s dress shirts sold at Nordstrom are trim fit. And some men are going beyond the trends because a full 10 percent of those sales are extra trim shirts. Contrast that to only five years ago, when a mere 40 percent of men’s dress shirts sold were sim fit. That’s up 20 percent in a scant five years.

The 60′s Reborn

The trend is said to have started as a kickback to the 60s, when the skinny look was in for men as they wore shirts that fit more snugly to the body. That seems to make sense as women’s fashion is currently also emulating women’s 60s fashion as can be seen in the new hippie and bohemian styles that are so popular. In addition, Cotton Timberlake with Bloomberg said that he believes women who see the European and Asian trends online can be credited for having their men switch to the simmer fit dress shirts. The popularity of the style can be seen by watching celebrities. Super stars like George Clooney, Tom Brady, LeBron James, and Justin Timberlake all have taken to the new style, and when the average man sees them wear the new slimmer shirts, they quickly adopt the new shirts into their own wardrobe.

Michael and David Saw the Trend Coming

The new style, which is a more polished and tailored look that the old baggier style, is seen more and more on runways and in real life as American men are wearing them to work and play. At Michael and David men’s shirts, we were one of the first design houses to clearly see the new style on the horizon. We realized years ago that the baggy look was on its way out, and introduced a slim fit men’s shirt line that was quickly noticed by singers, stars and average men alike. For instance, the papers are filled with photographs of Sergio Goyri, Tito El Bambino, Javier Rosas, Aaron Barrios, Espinoza Paz and El Komander sporting our Michael and David’s men shirts. In addition to the slim fit style that is so in demand, our shirts are also known for the contrasting collars and cuffs, and the high quality Turkish cotton we use that gives our shirts that soft, subtle feel.

Our Shirts are on Sale!

If you want to incorporate the sleeker new style into your own wardrobe, but have held back because of the hefty price tag that comes with such a quality shirt, we have great news! You can find our men’s fashion shirts drastically discounted on Amazon Prime right now. The shirts normally retail for $165 each, and our low price averages at $109. But for a very limited time, you can find assorted selections of Michael and David men’s shirts for only $69. It’s a great time to update your wardrobe without having to pay full retail. But keep in mind, that these prices will only last until the shirts are gone, so if you ‘re ready to update your wardrobe and finally get rid of those baggy out of style shirts, now is the time to act.

It’s never been a better time to be an American man who cares about fashion. The new trim fit styles and the trendsetting contrast collars and cuffs of today’s dress shirts are truly giving men a real choice when it comes to their wardrobes. They no longer have to be slaves to the sloppy American look of men’s fashion, and can now finally step into the more polished and sleek style that the rest of the world is heading towards. Don’t get left behind—stop by our Amazon Prime page now and pick up some of the new style shirts before they are all gone!

Michael and David Men’s Shirts Bring New Style to This Year’s Holiday Events

Michael and David, an up-and-coming men’s clothing designer, wants men to cut a more fashionable figure this holiday season. While the trendy hipster is ironically donning the iconic ugly Christmas sweater for Ugly Sweater parties, Michael and David is encouraging American men to show off their style at this year’s holiday parties and events. It’s time for American men to shed their drab office-to-boardroom dress shirts and show off their fashion chops with meticulously tailored, fashion-forward shirts

The innovative West Coast design house features men’s high-quality shirts with a European sensibility. Unlike typical American-made men’s shirts, Michael and David shirts are cut to flatter the figure and complement both business casual and evening casual outfits. The closer European fit is tailored to look just as good at the office as it does at the club. The Michael and David line includes both bold, color-forward patterns and subtle tone-on-tone jacquards, making them the perfect shirt to wear for most casual dress occasions, whether they’re worn under a sport jacket or over dress slacks or jeans. High-fashion details include contrast linings for collars and cuffs, fold-back cuffs, precision over-stitching and luxury fabrics.

The designer sensibility extends beyond fashion to quality. Each shirt is precision-stitched and meticulously tailored for better fit, longer wear and higher comfort. The use of high thread count Turkish cotton – generally acknowledged to be the most comfortable and luxurious in the business – guarantees that every shirt will look just and feel just as good the hundredth time it’s worn as it does the first.

Michael and David shirts are designed for the stylish man who wants to stand out. To that end, many of the design company’s styles are available on a limited basis, with new styles, colors and designs being added frequently to keep the line fresh. At the same time, each design has timeless appeal to ensure that it will always be in style.

Michael and David men’s fashion shirts are carried at high-end retailers across the U.S., Canada and in selected shops overseas. They are also available online for a special promotional period through Amazon Prime at an affordable price for the budget-conscious man. The promotion extends through the holiday season, making them an ideal gift choice for any fashion-forward American male. To see the range of styles available, look for Michael and David men’s shirts online at Amazon Prime.