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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:

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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:

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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.) High-res

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.

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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.

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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. [[MORE]]Standard Fit: For guys of average build who like a shirt that’s flattering, but not too snug. It’s a little trimmer than most off-the-rack shirts because we got rid of that unnecessary fabric around the middle.Slim Fit: For men with a more slender build, or who simply prefer a snugger fit. The waist has a distinct taper, and the sleeves are a little narrower as well.Tailored Slim: The most form-fitting option we offer, this is as close to a custom tailored shirt as you can get. The rear darts really bring in the sides for a crisp, definitive taper.  Fit may be the most crucial factor in finding the perfect dress shirt, but it’s just one piece of your dress code. To determine yours, click here. High-res

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.

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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. [[MORE]]  Dark Rinse: This is the closest you’ll generally get to raw indigo denim when it comes to finishes. And as a result, the darkness of the fabric means you can dress it up a little, especially when you go out at night. We like to pair our Flatiron Rinse Premium Denim with a blazer and Grenson dress shoes when we hit the town—it’s a really smart and simple look.  Medium Wash: These types of washes let the denim’s true character come out, creating the feel of jeans that have been broken-in over time. For that reason, they go especially well with richer, more textured pieces. Heavier twill shirts and woolen tweed pair well in the cold, and lightweight linen shirts and herringbones are right for the heat. Our Broken-in Medium Wash Blue Jean and Premium Denim do the job nicely.  Full Bleach Wash: Let’s just put it out there: these jeans make a statement, and a stylish one at that. But they’re not hard to pull off. These are perfect summertime jeans, and they match well with darker solids and stripes. And if you’re ever in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a navy shirt or sweater. We stick to our Premium Denim Selvage Full Bleach Wash for this, and have yet to be disappointed. To see the full line of Bonobos denim, click here. And who knows? You might just find your next favorite pair. High-res

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.

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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: [[MORE]]  1. Cut and Construction It’s all about the fit. A $2,000 suit does you no good if it fits like a snuggie. A good suit should fit just right. The shoulders are most important, as they dictate the drape of the jacket. The pants should also fit comfortably, but not too tight or too loose – this will create a formal silhouette that can work for business and pleasure both. Fortunately, we obsess about this stuff at Bonobos. We’ve spent years building what we think is the perfect suit construction in two great fits: a trim-fitting Standard and a more tailored Slim.  2. Fabric Cloth is key. And no matter how perfect a fit may be, it won’t mean anything without quality fabric. At Bonobos, we source premium fabrics from mills in Italy, the British Isles, and other countries around the world. The result is a richer texture, and a suit that will last you for years. The Italian Marzotto® and Reda® Super 130’s fabric we use in our Foundation suits is the best of the best – it’s what separates a good suit from a great one.  3. Detailing Once you find the perfect suit, your job isn’t done, unfortunately. It’s the details and accessories that make the difference. Make sure you have a solid collection of dress shirts, 5-10 ties, a couple of pocket squares, two belts, and two pairs of dress shoes (brown and black). Throw in a tie clip and some great socks and you’re ready to go. Overwhelmed again? Don’t be. We’ve got everything you need right here at Bonobos. High-res

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:

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