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DRESS SHIRTS: A TALE OF TWO FABRICS
Fit and collar are important, but when it comes to dress shirts, the fabric is what makes for a truly great garment. Which is why we’ve put so much time into getting the very best cloth around for our dress shirts. Essentially, you have two choices: Wrinkle-Free or Italian cotton. And both are spectacular. Here’s the skinny to help you choose the best shirt for your needs:
TIE ONE ON RIGHT: A QUICK GUIDE TO NECKTIE PAIRING
You slept straight through the first alarm. You hit “SLEEP” through the next ten. And now you have only seconds to pick out the perfect necktie and shirt combo for that big nine o’clock presentation.
A nightmare scenario? No, not necessarily. True, you probably didn’t need that fourth pint, or the fifth for that matter, but no use crying over spilled stout. The most important thing is nailing that neck wear in a timely fashion.
So here are some tips to make it easy:
DRESS SHIRTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DESIGNER
The best off-the-rack dress shirts for men are being designed by a lady — meet Katie Boiano.
ON WHITE SHIRTS
Guest written by Sean Hotchkiss
A rather nomadic photographer friend of mine once told me he’d always carry a clean, white, dress shirt in his backpack because he never knew who might invite him to dinner. Lovely advice, but not why I prefer white shirts. Jon Hamm as Don Draper taught us that a crisp white dress shirt could hide nearly every sin imaginable. A benefit, surely, but again not my reasoning.
I favor white dress shirts because they’re the very essence of what a shirt should be: a pristine canvas waiting to be interpreted by a colorful tie or a tweedy sports jacket. You see, a white shirt takes the guesswork out of clothing oneself each day — an attribute to strive for as one gets older and schedules become more complex. As a young intern I’d often get dressed in the dark, as not to wake my roommate, and a white shirt was the only base that ensured my suit would always work. White shirts are as simple as can be. They remove human error. I take mine in the Milanese fashion, with a high spread collar and trim proportions, and I buy them in pairs so I’m never without one. They jive with every single other piece of clothing I own. Nestled under a denim jacket, a white shirt is a sliver of refinement in an otherwise rugged look; paired with a black bowtie a white spread collar dress shirt is formal ready (without the need for studs). Did you know the very first “modern” Edwardian dress shirts were white? Now you do.
Whenever I wear a white dress shirt, someone stops me to say: “you look tan, were you just on vacation?” or “Are you doing SoulCycle?” No. I’ve figured out what works for me — plain vanilla. (And proud.)
WHAT’S IN A COLLAR? MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.
We’ve discussed the three distinct fits we offer in dress shirts, but now it’s time to talk turkey. And by “turkey,” we mean “collars.” Yes, that strip of under-appreciated fabric that rests right below our chins. Because even though we might not give it much thought, it does actually say something about us. Here are the three collar options available at Bonobos, and a little bit of background on each.
BONOBOS DRESS SHIRTS: WHAT’S THE DRESS CODE?
Unless you’re a committed nudist, sooner or later, you’re going to need a few quality dress shirts in your closet. Maybe it’s for the daily grind of going to the office, for that big wedding coming up, or possibly just a way to look your best when mom and pop are in town. It’s something every guy’s got to have.
And here at Bonobos, we get it: Men want a top-notch, great-fitting dress shirt, but they’re not about to go to the tailor and spend hours and a small fortune getting custom shirts made. It’s a pain, and we don’t want to do it either. That’s why we’ve created (wait for the drum roll) the Dress Code.
DRESS SHIRTS: IT STARTS WITH THE FIT
When it comes to dress shirts, the most important element is fit. Hands down. And to get ours just right, we spent months fitting hundreds of shirts on dozens of guys to create the perfect set of options: Standard, Slim, and Tailored Slim. If you’re not sure which fit is best for you, here’s a little cheat sheet to help get you started.
BONOBOS DENIM: WASH AND LEARN
For an American, jeans are the most basic staple there is. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a guy out there who doesn’t have at least a few pairs of favored indigo beauties on hand for when he needs them. Which is precisely why we go all out on our denim to make sure it lives up to that ideal of versatility, comfort, and the American spirit. We source our denim fabric from a mill in North Carolina called Cone® that’s been making heritage denim on traditional looms for more than a hundred years. But we don’t stop there. The secret to an authentic-feeling pair of jeans is also in the wash—the treatment given to the denim to create different levels of wear on the fabric. Here are a few of our most popular washes, and tips on how to wear them.
THREE CRUCIAL THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN BUYING A SUIT
What’s so important about a suit? Everything. It’s the foundation of every man’s wardrobe, a staple piece he will go back to again and again. Business meetings, weddings, trips abroad, special occasions – a good suit is essential. Buying a suit can be daunting, however. There are about a million options out there. So how do you sort through the clutter? Here are the only three things you need to keep in mind when finding a suit that will last you a lifetime: