Selecting your Dress Shirt Fabric

100% cotton is the generally accepted dress shirt fabric of choice. Period.

If you are not an ironer, and don’t wish to incur the expense of professional laundering, “non-iron” dress shirts are available in a diverse range of styles. These shirts are treated with a patented formula which allows them to remain virtually wrinkle free while wearing. Care is simple. They can be washed and dried at home without the need for an iron.

There are a wide range of quality cotton choices out there today. The lower the number in front, the less luxurious the cotton. Thus, the less expensive. Two-ply indicates two fibers of cotton twisted together. It makes for a more durable shirt and all of the fabrics we mention below are two-ply.

200’s broadcloth is our finest, most luxurious yarn and arguably the finest shirting fabric in the world. Decadently soft and elegantly lustrous, in white, it can be too sheer for some. But warning, once you’ve worn a 200’s shirt, it is very difficult to trade down. It is addictive.

140’s broadcloth is also considered a luxury shirt. Identical to the thread count in an olde world Sea Island cotton dress shirt, it has a silky-soft hand and rich luster which translates into remarkable comfort and brilliant pattern definition.

Our premium cotton, Imperial 100’s, is probably the most comparable to the majority of dress shirts found at our competitors. Still very soft and durable, it is an incredible deal when you compare it to what you pay for the same fabric elsewhere.

80’s pinpoint oxford has a more pronounced weave than broadcloth fabric, thus a slightly less dressy appearance making it somewhat more versatile. Quintessentially American, it is perhaps our most popular fabric, specifically in the button-down collar model.


  1. Charles F. Mothershed

    November 19, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Button covers should be the final touch to any dress shirt in my opinion.

  2. Good tips. I usually dry-clean my shirts just because I dread ironing.

  3. Thanks, Peter! We are glad to hear that you liked the article.

    Since you dread ironing, as many people do, we recommend that you try our non-iron dress shirts. With our non-iron dress shirts, you simply machine wash, tumble dry and they are ready to wear! To view our current Non-Iron Collection, please click on the link below.

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

    Paul Fredrick – Non-Iron Dress Shirts

  4. Will do Laura! Anything that makes life more convenient I’ll be checking out.

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