The Perfect Shirt Checklist Part Four

9 Essential Items For A Minimalistic Wardrobe

The Perfect Shirt Checklist Part Four

Checklist Item Number Two-  Fabric

Dress shirts range informality. The more simple the shirt pattern and design – the more formal it is. The plain white dress shirt is the most formal style of dress shirt; the scale moves down towards informal with stripes, patterns and extra details like pockets.

  • Fabric Weight- Men’s dress shirts made from heavier fabrics will keep their form longer and are more suitable in cooler climates. Lighter shirts made from materials like Linen will keep you cool in the sun. If you feel uncomfortable in your shirt, it will show – so make sure you pay attention to the fabric weight before making that purchase.

  • ​​​​​​​Weave- The weave of the fabric is how the yarns are sewn together. Poplin (also known as broadcloth) – the ‘standard’ fabric used with dress shirts. It’s classic and crisp, cool and breathable and has a slight sheen. Poplin has a smooth texture but is also prone to wrinkling. Overall, it’s a great day-to-day material. Twill fabric – a diagonal weave or texture. It is softer and thicker than poplin and some variants of this fabric are offered as a ‘non-iron’ men’s dress shirts because it’s resistant to creasing. Twill drapes from the body but doesn’t offer that crisp, clean feeling you get with poplin. Broadcloth – similar to poplin but with a denser weave. Broadcloth is lightweight, smooth and flat looking, with no pattern in the weave of the threads.

  • Fabric Types- Cotton is the standard by which other shirt fabrics are judged. It’s breathable, looks great and you can wash it over and over again without damaging it. You can also put it through the tumble dryer at a low heat. Synthetic blends are common in men’s dress shirts, sometimes to add elasticity. The problem with synthetics is that they do not stand up to heat well. You need to take care to iron at a low temperature to avoid burning or melting the material. I avoid tumble drying synthetic shirts altogether and allow them to dry naturally. Note that synthetics are also prone to shrinking. Linen is a lightweight and breathable material which makes it ideal for summer shirts. It’s a material best suited to a casual environment and tends to be more expensive than cotton or synthetic blends because of its labor-intensive production process.