How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt

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While a button down seems pretty simple, it can make or break an outfit. We aren’t big fans of the slovenly untucked look and while slim fit has become all the rage, it isn’t for everyone.

Eton has been creating quality shirts since 1928 over in Sweden and their level of quality is remarkable.

We met  Niclas Andersson and Richard Andersson, Eton’s Product Manager and Global Visual Merchandiser during Men’s Fashion Week in New York City and thought we would ask them to offer up their three simple rules for choosing the right dress shirt.

1. Identify the right fit

While dress shirts may follow your body shape, they should never be too tight.

The golden rule to find out if the fit is right for you is to see where the seam of the shirt falls on the shoulder. It should be positioned on the line where the shoulder ends and the upper arm starts. Also make sure that the fabric under the armhole is not too tight and that the chest buttons don’t pull.

The arm length is also very important: when you raise and bend your arm parallel to the floor and bend your hand upwards, the cuff should touch the wrist line.

Regarding the size of the collar, when the shirt is buttoned all the way up you should be able to fit one finger.

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2. Choose a soft fabric

Choose cotton. It’s soft, natural and breathable. At Eton we only use ELS (Extra Long Staple) Giza and Pima cotton, the finest cotton in the world. To ensure the shirt stays crisp all day we apply a unique finishing treatment. Instead of coating the fabric to make it wrinkle-free, Eton’s process alters the molecular structure of the cotton fibers to make the fabric permanently crease-resistant.

3. Match the shirt with jacket and tie

Although a dress shirt looks best when worn under a suit, the wardrobe combinations are endless. Be sure to pay attention to the color scheme of your outfit and the proportions of collar, jacket lapels and tie. If you go for a check suit choose a solid shirt. Keep the tie darker than the shirt and if your shirt has a smaller collar avoid a big tie knot. If you are wearing a jacket with slimmer lapel go for a shirt with a smaller collar and vice versa. If you love peak lapels opt for a slightly larger cutaway collar. For tux lovers we also recommend a moderate cutaway collar or a classic wing tip.

While these are our golden rules, play with them and don’t take them too seriously!