Dress Shirts: Finding The Style That Fits You Best

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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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24 Comments to “Dress Shirts: Finding The Style That Fits You Best”

  1. hector flores says:

    great information on this page. thanks!

  2. LauraF says:

    Thank you for your feedback, Hector! We are glad to hear that you liked this post!

  3. Thanks for sharing this website I was in search of type of site from long time.

  4. LauraF says:

    We’re glad that we were able to help with what you were looking for, Albert!

  5. Anthony B,.Clay says:

    Every man (and the women in their lives) needs to know this information. Classic, fine dressing seems to have taken a back seat these days.

  6. LauraF says:

    Thank you for your feedback, Anthony! We are glad to hear that you found this post beneficial!

  7. Jack Toy says:

    Great info! A good follow-on article could speak to collar style & face shape, optimal sleeve length, and so forth.

  8. LauraF says:

    Thank you, Jack! We are glad that you enjoyed the post! We will keep your suggestion in mind when writing future posts.

  9. Rick M says:

    This is all great information, but does not tell me what style is best for me. It would be good to have information to tell what styles are best for which body types.

  10. LauraF says:

    Great question, Rick!

    The style of shirt that you select has more to do with your face shape, rather than your body type. Selecting a collar style is largely a matter of personal taste. There are a few things, however, to consider. Your collar should counterbalance your facial structure. If you are tall and lean with a thin face, a straight collar will further accentuate those features. To balance out these physical features, a spread collar would be the optimal choice. Conversely, a spread collar will accentuate a round face, while a straight collar provides more balance.

    We hope this was helpful! If we can be of any further assistance, please let us know.

  11. It’s awesome to visit this website and reading the views of all mates concerning this piece of writing, while I am also keen of getting experience.

  12. Angel Delgado says:

    I’ve been buying from PF for a long time now and you can find styles and fits that would fit (no pun intented) anyone. From solids to italian style shirts, I’ve given up going to big name stores like Nordstrom or Saks, for quality shirtings and almost perfect sizing from PF. Keep up the good work!!!

  13. Great shirts!!!!!!!! it is a pleasure to wear a PF shirt

  14. LauraH says:

    Thank you, Paul! We are delighted to hear that you are pleased with our dress shirts!

  15. Mick Fig says:

    I an 69 years old and have been wearing suits for most of my life. In the late 50′ and early 60′s we all wore suits when we dated. Throughtout those many years it has been extremely difficult to find shirts that fit correctly without going to a tailor. I just bought two from PF and was delighted to get the specific collar, sleeve length, etc. You have me hooked.

  16. LauraH says:

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your wonderful feedback, Mick! We are delighted to hear that you are pleased with the dress shirts you received.

  17. Mike Goubran says:

    I second Mick Fig in his comment. My 2 shirt look and feel good and most of all right size 2XLT!

  18. That’s great to hear, Mike! Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your wonderful feedback.

  19. ralph says:

    are you guys concerning a charge account system? And Has PF considered carrying braces?

    Thanks
    Ralph

  20. Thank you for your interest in Paul Fredrick, Ralph! At this time, we do not have any plans to start our own charge account. We do, however, accept all major credit cards.

    We do actually sell braces. To view our current selection of braces, please click here.

    If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact us again.

  21. Willie L says:

    Great store enjoy everything I see but u always run out my size in shoes (9 1/2) in u don’t come back to that style for that summer,winter or fall.

  22. We offer four seasonal collections each year and once a size is sold out, it is discontinued. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    Our new Fall Collection launched last week and we currently offer many different styles of shoes in the size you need. We also have shoes available in our Clearance Center.

  23. joseph gerstner says:

    I’m fat and I need shirts that are 18 1/2 0r 19 with 33 sleeves.

  24. Unfortunately Joseph, we do not offer these sizes in our off-the-shelf dress shirts, however we do have a solution for you. At Paul Fredrick, we create custom shirts individually to your exact specifications. We offer these shirts with collar sizes ranging from 14″ to 22″ and sleeves lengths from 28″ to 40″. These shirts offer you the opportunity to customize the body length, the body fit (Regular versus Trim Fit), collar, cuff, placket, pleat, pocket and stitching styles and as with all of our dress shirts, monogramming is also an available option. The process generally takes approximately 4-5 weeks from the date purchased to the arrival at your door. We are confident that you will be delighted with your new custom shirt.

    All options for our custom made shirts, including fabrics is available on our website.

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