What To Look For In A Quality Dress Shirt

This entry was posted on August 3, 2011 under Value Advisor. Written by:



Like all clothing, a great dress shirt combines quality fabric with quality construction. The result is longevity and a luxuriousness you can feel on your torso and that others can see when they look at you. And the icing on the cake is traditional styling with a contemporary sensibility.

Now that’s a shirt that makes you want to take your coat off.

Putting it all together is our specialty, as we’re the go-to dress shirt resource for most of our customers and their quality expectation is high. Fortunately so is ours. “Because we’re a private label, you’re paying for a shirt’s quality, not for the label sewn into it,” says dress shirt buyer Michael Contreras.

Cotton is king when it comes to dress shirts, but our range of cottons is surprisingly varied. It starts with pinpoint oxford, moves on to Imperial 100′s (where our broadcloth options start and where most of our competitors’ end), and all the way up to our exceptionally soft Luxury 200′s, a rare find outside the custom world.

Here’s more of what to look for — and expect — in every Paul Fredrick dress shirt:

  • The finest fabrics we can find for the price
  • Between 18 and 21 single-needle stitches per inch to maintain good looks over time
  • Fused interlining on placket, collar and cuffs for durability
  • Longer tails to keep shirt tucked in
  • Exact-length sleeve sizes, regular and trim fit options, and even big & tall sizes for a perfect fit
  • Endless color and pattern options

“We’ve been in business for 50 years,” says Contreras, “so we have a very watchful eye on how our shirts are made. We have very strict policies on quality when vendors are making our shirts, and check all measurements and ensure shrinkage is controlled.

“We want to make sure our customers are paying for quality,” Contraras concludes, “not lifestyle marketing.”



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18 Comments to “What To Look For In A Quality Dress Shirt”

  1. William Whitener says:

    Do you ever sell men’s short-sleeved dress shirts?

  2. LauraF says:

    Thank you for your question, William! We do offer short sleeved dress shirts during our Spring and Summer Seasons. To view the short sleeve dress shirts that we currently have available, please click on the link below.

    Paul Fredrick Short Sleeve Dress Shirts

    If we can be of any further assistance, please let us know!

  3. Joseph A. Ramirez says:

    PF- should consider applying removeable stays in Button down collars.

  4. LauraF says:

    Thank you for your feedback, Joseph!

    Your suggestion has been forwarded to our Merchandising Department and we will definitely take this into consideration when creating future collections.

    If you have any questions or need further assistance, please let us know!

  5. M. Wheeler says:

    Is it acceptable to wear a short sleeved dress shirt with a black dress suit?

  6. LauraF says:

    Great question, Mr. Wheeler!

    Generally long sleeves are more appropriate for a suit. A short sleeve dress shirt is a little too casual to be worn with a suit.

    Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

  7. John Kenly says:

    Quality is good but I have concern over price. I am FitCustomShirt’s customer from a long time and the reason is their low price. Do you not have any intend to reduce price. If yes, then i might place an order.

  8. LauraF says:

    We appreciate hearing your feedback, John!

    We suggest signing up to receive our exclusive Paul Fredrick email. You will then receive emails with special promotions and discounts. We also have wonderful deals available all the time in our online clearance center.

    If we can be of any further assistance, please let us know.

  9. Steve Gregory says:

    I have four identical blue dress shirts purchased at the same time (about a year ago). I just received the shirts back from my dry cleaner. The owner came out and explained that one of the shirts had a reaction between the glue used in fusing the interlining and the steam heat of the automatic shirt pressing machine. There is a dark stain that starts at each collar point and extends toward the back of the neck. He says this occurs when cheaper fabrics are used for the interlining causing the interlining to shrink and the glue to seep through to the outside of the collar. He says they have noticed this more over the last couple of years as shirt makers are using cheaper quality fabrics for interlining and buttons. I’ve used this cleaner for years and do not believe anything he did caused this stain to appear. As he pointed out, the other shirts look perfect. What is your return policy?

  10. LauraH says:

    Thank you for your comment, Steve. We appreciate hearing your feedback; however, we are sorry to hear of the problem you are experiencing with the dress shirts. Your comments have been forwarded to both our Merchandising and Quality Control departments and we will definitely take this under review.

    You may certainly return the dress shirts to us for an exchange or a refund of the purchase price. If you are in need of a return form and label or if you have any additional questions, please contact us via email at custserv@paulfredrick.com or by phone at 1-800-247-1417. Any of our representatives will be more than happy to assist you.

  11. Myles Stallings says:

    How are these white shirts laundered? Do they need a great
    deal of ironing? Do they need to be taken to a dry cleaner?

    Thank you,
    Myles Stallings

  12. LauraH says:

    Thank you for your question, Myles! All of our dress shirts are 100% cotton; therefore, they will require ironing unless you are purchasing shirts from our Non-Iron collection.

    Unfortunately, I am unsure as to which white shirts you are referring to as we do have different fabrics available. Below you will find a description of each fabric:

    80′s Pinpoint Oxford – Two plies of an 80′s weight thread woven into an oxford fabric. Soft feel, holds starch well, durable fabric.

    Imperial 100′s – Two 100-weight threads twisted together and woven into a broadcloth fabric. Softer and silkier feel. Lightweight, durable fabric.

    Luxury 140′s – Two 140-weight threads twisted together and woven into a broadcloth fabric. Gives fabric and even softer and silkier feel. Increased pattern definition due to fineness of threads.

    Please keep in mind that the higher the number (80′s, 100′s, 140′s) the softer and finer that cotton that is used. The softer and finer the cotton, the lighter in weight and more susceptible to wrinkling the dress shirt will be.

    To get the longest life expectancy from your dress shirts, we recommend cold-water washing, tumble dry-delicate cycles. Remove the shirts and use a warm iron while slightly damp. If you prefer to have them professionally laundered, we suggest cool water and very light – to no starch

    If you have any additional questions, please let us know!

  13. Raul Angel says:

    The shirt that you have for sale 19.99 is non-iron?

  14. Thank you for your question, Raul! The introductory offer is for our 80′s Pinpoint Oxford dress shirts in the color white only. The dress shirts will require ironing; however, we do have a collection of Non-Iron dress shirts available. You can view these shirts by clicking on the link below.

    Paul Fredrick Non-Iron Dress Shirts

    If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to email us at custserv@paulfredrick.com or call us at 1-800-247-1417. Any of our representatives will be happy to assist you.

  15. John Seiler says:

    Message tells me about shirtings, etc., but not how to order ???

  16. Thank you for the question John. All of our items, including our dress shirts are available for purchase at http://www.paulfredrick.com. Alternatively, you may call us at 1-800-247-1417 to place an order, and we also have a catalog available. You can request a catalog on our website.

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