When it comes to business dress, suits are supposed to be your big investment (not with us, of course, since we’re direct merchants) and ties are your “personal statement.” That leaves dress shirts one of the things boring dressers pay little attention to, never venturing beyond the safe boundary of blue and white, while stylish dressers relish choosing shirts with the same care as a handmade silk tie or rakish double-breasted suits in a Prince of Wales plaid.
And with dozens of colors and patterns to choose from, there’s no reason why selecting your shirts can’t be the most fun you get out of procuring your clothing from Paul Fredrick.
After color and pattern, a shirt’s most distinguishing mark is its collar. Here’s where the fun of dressing really kicks in: Straight, buttondown, spread, club, tab, eyelet — we’ve got ‘em all. Different collar styles add more variety to dressing than you might think, and offer all sorts of mixing options on the formality scale. Why not wear a formal spread collar with jeans and a blazer, or an eyelet shirt with collar pin under a v-neck sweater? After all, this is what guys with a signature style do all the time.
When it comes to cuffs, just as everyone should know a little bit of French (and visit Paris), every guy should own at least one French-cuffed dress shirt, if only to wear your dad’s or grandpa’s cufflinks you’ve got stashed in a box somewhere.
And while all our shirts are 100 percent cotton, all cotton is not the same. We’ve got hardier fabrics like perennially preppy Pinpoint Oxford, and Imperial 100′s Broadcloth to pair with your sleekest suits. And for those who want the look and feel of a richly silken fabric, we offer connoisseurs our superfine Luxury 140′s and Luxury 200′s.
And the choices don’t stop there. We’ve got a non-iron finish for those who prize convenience and a spic-and-span appearance all day. Edge stitching for European flair? We’ve got that, too. And when it comes to cut, choose from regular or trim fit, plus big and tall sizes with a fuller body and longer tails. And if you think you need to be rock-star skinny for the trim fit shirts, give one a try and you may be surprised. The contoured fit lets you move your arms freely without pulling your shirt untucked.
After all, tough workdays require removing your jacket and rolling up your sleeves to get the job done — and let everyone see your well-chosen shirt.
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