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The Perfect Shirt Checklist | How To Buy An Amazing Looking Shirt? RMRS Style Videos

The Perfect Shirt Checklist | How To Buy An Amazing Looking Shirt? RMRS Style Videos

Perfect Shirt Checklist – How To Buy An Amazing
Looking Shirt [0:00:00]
The right shirt can make you look like a million bucks. The wrong shirt, it’s a waste of money. In today’s video, guys, I’ve got you covered
with the perfect shirt checklist with over thirty items that you want to look at whenever
you’re buying the right shirt for you.
First up, let’s talk about fit. If a shirt doesn’t fit you, then do not
wear it or get it adjusted to fit you. So, what type of fit are you going for? That’s the first thing. Do you want a slim fit? Do you want a regular fit? Do you want a loose fit? What’s right? Well, it depends oftentimes on your body type. If you’re a slimmer guy, you could go for
a slim fit. You’re a bigger guy, I would be careful
with the slim fit because you just don’t have as much room when you’re moving around. Now, let’s talk about particular fit details. So, when you button up the collar at the top,
first up, it should button. Then, you should be able to get about two
fingers in there on the collar, that’s about perfect. If you can fit your entire hand in there,
the collar is too large. If when you button it up, it is choking you,
it is too tight. Then, let’s go over and let’s look at
the shoulder width. So, you want to make sure the shoulder points
hit at your shoulder point. If they’re going down the arm, it’s too
large in the shoulders. If they’re creeping up on the shoulders,
it’s too small. Next up, let’s talk about the fit in the
torso area. That’s going to include the chest, the stomach,
and the hips. So, I like to have about an inch-and-a-half
of play in this area here, inch-and-a-half to two inches. I’m 165, 170 lbs, 5’9”. Now, if you’re about 6’5”, 350 lbs,
in this case, you’re going to want to give yourself a bit more room, more like two-and-a-half
inches to three inches. It’s proportional. Most shirts that you buy off the rack, they’re
not going to fit you exactly right, so what can you do? Well, if it’s too tight, not much you can
do. It’s just not the right shirt for you. But, if you’ve got a little bit too much
play here, you can actually put darts in the box in on the side and that could actually
bring in the torso and make it fit better. Now, I want to talk about one part of shirt
that’s very difficult to adjust, in fact, I think it’s worth going custom just for
this one thing and that is going to be the higher armhole and the smaller armhole. A higher armhole, what it does is it gives
you actually a lot more room to move with your arms. It gives you more freedom of movement. The problem is is that a higher armhole means
that it’s going to fit less body types. So, most off the rack manufacturers they do
not make shirts like this, you’ve got really go custom to get a higher armhole. And speaking of custom, guys, I want to let
you know this shirt right here and all the shirts you see behind me were made by Tailor
Store, the paid sponsor of today’s video. And, guys, for years I’ve been talking about
this company because I absolutely love them because first up, it’s about their perfect
fit guarantee. These guys guarantee that the shirt they make
for you will fit you perfectly or you just simply keep it and they remake it. But, also, the choice of fabrics, you go to
their website, they’ve got a wide range of formal fabrics to casual fabrics to fun
fabrics. And, when it comes to customization, you can
choose from the buttons to the stitching to the contrast stitching to the collar types. You have unlimited options when it comes to
actually building out a shirt. All right. So, I know a lot of you guys are thinking,
Antonio, I don’t want to take my measurements. I am too lazy to get custom. Guys, Tailor Store has made it easy, all you
have to do is go to the app store or Google Play, grab Tailor Store Size Me app. You download it and, boom! This thing within sixty seconds is going to
grab the information it needs from you and this is how it works. So, the first thing, guys, is you place you
device against the wall. You got to lined it up just right and then
all of a sudden, you take a step back and it takes a picture of you. You then, enter your height you enter your
weight and, boom! That is it, that’s all the device needs
to actually be able to measure you for the perfect fitted shirt. And I am proud to bring these guys to you
with an amazing discount, guys, 40% off your first shirt. I’m linking to Tailor Store down in the
description and if you’re a returning customer, they’ve got a great deal for you too, guys. But, I’m putting those links down in the
description. You can use them to get the perfect shirt
for you. Next up, let’s talk about sleeve length. I like it so when I put my arms up, it just
barely comes off of my wrist. I want it to be comfortable when I’m driving,
but really I like it when my hands are down and I don’t have any bunching up. Next up, let’s talk about the length of
the shirt. You want the shirt when you tuck it into your
pants if it’s only half an inch, it’s going to come untuck all day and not much
you can do about that. If it goes beyond two to three inches, I actually
don’t think that’s a problem. I would prefer my shirts to be a bit longer. I simply find that a longer shirt is actually
going to stay in better. Next up, let’s talk about shirt cuff fit. So, the rule here is that you should have
to unbutton the shirt cuff in order to be able to take it off. And whenever you button it, it should fit
snug enough, but not so tight, you know, that it’s uncomfortable, but snug enough that
you won’t be able to slip it off without actually unbuttoning it. Now, if you wear a watch like on your left
hand, the way you want to make sure is it actually on that side, you give yourself maybe
an extra half inch, three-quarters of an inch so the shirt cuff can go and cover the watch,
no problem. Next up, let’s talk about sleeve width. So, this is how much excess fabric or lack
of excess fabric you have right here in the sleeve. So, if it’s a custom job, you don’t have
to worry about it, but if it’s something off the rack and you really adjusted that
torso brought it in quite a bit, know that you’re probably going to have to bring in
the sleeves just a bit and get rid of some of that excess fabric here. [0:05:04]
Now, I’m going to wrap up the fit by talking about proportions. And proportions oftentimes apply to the collar
and they apply to the cuff. And this is something for a lot of manufacturers
they reuse the same cuffs and the same collars for all of their shirts no matter if the guy
is 5’2” 100 lbs or he’s 7’2” 350 lbs. Pay attention to that overall collar size. If you put it on and it just doesn’t look
right, then avoid the shirt. When you’re getting something custom, they
should pay attention to those small details. So, next up let’s talk about fabrics. This shirt right here, the classic white dress
shirt. We’ve seen this before. This is going to be the most formal of shirts
out there. But, what happens when you start to bring
in small repeating patterns? Well, the shirt becomes less formal, we start
to move down. When you start to bring in a stripe, you can
see the fabric all of a sudden starts to affect the formality. Right over here, again, we’ve got a stripe,
but it’s got a bold red, so it becomes less formal. We’ve got this a small dot repeating on
a dark background becomes, again, more casual. Then, we’ve got a linen shirt, even though
it’s solid, it’s made from a linen fabric. And as we move farther to casual, you can
see the patterns become bolder they become stronger they start to use all different types
of patterns all different types of colors grabbing a lot of attention. So, we quickly talked about fabric colors
and patterns, but let’s talk about weight. I find heavier weight fabrics can actually
retain their form a bit longer obviously work for cooler temperatures. But, lighter weight they are so nice during
the summer whenever you need something that’s breathable. So, it really depends on the situation, but
when you’re looking for the perfect shirt, make sure to look at the weight and the weave
of the fabric. The weave of the fabric, what does that mean? Well, the weave of the fabric is how the yarns
were actually sewn together. And that can have a huge effect on the breathability,
it can have a huge effect on the overall look and that pattern. So, this right here this is a classic twill
fabric. A twill fabric is actually it’s going to
have little bit of a pattern you can see in it, but is a very densely tightly woven. It gives a bit of a sheen. This right here, this is a broadcloth type
of weave. Broadcloth is going to have a heavier kind
of like a more dull look to it, so that works great whenever you want just something that’s
going to be maybe a nice button-down more of a work shirt. Now, this right here, notice it has a bit
of a sheen, so this right here is going to have a poplin weave. It’s a very tight very nice weave gives
a very nice light feel for dress shirts. Now, right here, again, we’ve got a very
simple basket weave. It’s great in this case we’re using linen,
so the shirt as – I can almost see through it, it’s a very lightweight shirt very breathable. Let’s talk about fabric types. Cotton is going to be the most common fabric
out there. I love cotton because it’s durable, it’s
tough. This is something that you can get dirty you
can wash multiple times. Literally a great cotton shirt you can run
to the wash and even the dryer fifty to a hundred times depending on the quality. Now, you’re going to start to see blends
come in as well. Now, blends are sometimes going to give a
bit of stretch and I don’t think it’s bad to actually bring some synthetic material
in, the problem with synthetic materials though is that it really can’t stand up to heat. All of a sudden you put iron on it, if it’s
too hot, it’s actually going to melt the material, so that you have to be really careful
with that. Now, you heard me mention linen. This shirt over here is made from linen, it’s
a great summer shirt, very breathable, great for hot weather. The problem with linen is it wrinkles easily,
so make sure that you don’t get it for your most formal shirts, it’s going to be more
for your casual hot weather shirts. All right. So now, let’s talk about shirt styles for
the perfect dress shirts. Again, depends on what you need. First thing is let’s look at the collar. The collar, one of the most important style
details on a shirt because it frames the face. What you want to look for here is actually
going to be the length of the collar point and the spread of the collar point. These two things right here depending on if
there’s a wide spread if it’s a narrow spread if it’s a long point or it’s a
short point, this is going to have a huge effect on the overall look of the collar. Then, you have the classic business collar
and this is actually made to be worn with a tie. Most off the rack dress shirts are going to
have this, but you may notice in most of my videos, I actually have a spread collar. And the reason I go for a spread collar is
I’m not always wearing a necktie. The button-down collar is a casual style. You can wear this with a casual shirt, but
don’t put it on a dress shirt. And, with your dress shirts, you want to make
sure underneath that they could actually take collar stays, collar stays are going to be
metal or plastic pieces that go in here to actually keep the collar points nice and crisp. Your shirt collar can make or break the shirt. Make sure you find the style that suits you
that actually fits your particular needs. Next up, let’s talk about shirt cuff style. So, right here, I’ve got a classic barrel
cuff. The other type of shirt cuffs that you’re
going to see are the French cuff. The French cuff is the folded cuff that it’s
going to be where there’s two layers of material and a cufflink is needed. One of my favorites though is the two-button
cuff, but I love the look of this, I’ve got it with a number of my shirts and for
me, it simply screams custom without screaming custom. And, while we’re talking about buttons,
let’s talk about button types. So, the nicest buttons you’re going to see
out there in my opinion are Mother of Pearl. Mother of Pearl are going to be very thin,
they’re going to be very tough. Plastic buttons started to make their way
in and they were cheaper and so, plastic buttons now have pretty much replaced Mother of Pearl. I’m not saying anything is bad with plastic. Plastic is easy to find, it comes with a wide
variety of different colors, but Mother of Pearl for me on a dress shirt, ooh, it just
can’t be beaten. [0:10:15]
And, while we’re talking about buttons, let’s talk about contrast buttons and contrast
stitching. It depends on what you’re looking for like
on a dress shirt a simple white dress shirt, you don’t want to go for a contrast. But, for casual shirt the one that you want
to stand out, be a little bit different, I think a contrasting button looks great. Now, you can also do that with contrast stitching. Usually, it’s going to be on the buttons
or it’s going to actually be on the buttonholes. Next up, let’s talk about pockets. You’ll notice I have no pockets on most
of my shirts and that’s on purpose. I like the sleek overall look. But, you can have pockets, they’re going
to make the shirt oftentimes more casual especially if they’ve got buttons if they’ve got,
you know, a flap on them that’s going to make it really casual. But, if you’re not going to use the pocket,
consider actually going for a shirt with no pockets. Now, on the back of your shirt you’re going
to see options for pleats, you’re going to see the box pleat, you’re going to see
the two double-sided pleat, and you’re going to see no pleats. Me with my shirts, I like to go with no pleats
because, again, most of them are going to be custom, but if you’re looking at shirts
out there, understand that the box pleat or the double-sided pleat, it just simply there
to give you a bit more room. Next up, let’s talk about the quality of
the build, the attention to detail. The first thing I’m going to do is look
in on the collar. An extra strip of fabric was sewn right here
around the band of the neck. So, this build right here, they actually reinforcing
it, very good thing right here. Next, I’m looking at the stitches per inch. I want to see at least eight stitches per
inch about twelve stitches per inch, very good. I see extra buttons right here, an extra front
button, extra gauntlet button. Very well-built. Those are the things you want to look for
because if they paid attention to the inside of the shirt, you can bet that they paid attention
to everything else. Now, let’s talk monograms. A lot of people like them because it makes
the shirts standout. They’re going to put it on the collar, they’re
going to put in on their cuff. The monogram historically actually was just
in the front of the shirt just right, you know, at the very bottom of the shirt. It wasn’t something that most people never
saw. And for me, if I’m going to have a monogram,
that’s probably where I’m going to put it. All right, guys, what do you think a lot of
information? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered down
in the description of this video. I’ve got the complete checklist that you
can just print off and you can use this wherever you’re at to buy the perfect shirt. And if you need help designing a perfect shirt
online, I’ve got you covered with this video right here, how to design the perfect shirt
online. And, guys, don’t forget Tailor Store, the
paid sponsor of today’s video. I’m linking to them down in the description
with an awesome discount code, so you can get 40% off. Their app their Size Me app makes it so easy
to take your measurements. Literally within sixty seconds, you can actually
have everything you need to actually build out a custom shirt beautiful shirts. I’m proud to support them. Guys, that’s it. Take care. I will see you in the next video. [0:12:46] End of Audio

24 thoughts on “The Perfect Shirt Checklist | How To Buy An Amazing Looking Shirt? RMRS Style Videos

  1. Another great video? How To Design Perfect Shirt Online – https://youtu.be/3I0sJW8Mh74

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  2. Normally I'm not sweating much but whenever I wear a dress-shirt (even with an undershirt under it) I sweat alot under the arms.

    Am I doing anything wrong qualitywise or materialwise? Is there too few fabric under the arms and therefore mot enough airflow?
    Or do you have any other tips?

    Im really struggling with that 🙁

  3. Yo! If you watch Peaky blinders do you know main character (Tommy Shelby) wears a metal band on both his arms just on his bicep, what is it called I am looking for them can't find it

  4. Great! I’m making my way through some of the videos you linked in the Top 25 so please know your time spent doing so is of use and appreciated. Be well!

  5. I have many Tailor store shirts. I really enjoy them. Their app never works on my iphone and seems a gimmick, but they will work with you to dial in a perfect fit. I really enjoy them and they have great customer service communication. The shirts are made in Sri Lanka but they company is Norwegian. They also send you photos of the shirt being made. The only issue I have with them is that you don't know the fabrics until you get them. Their Odin collection is really light. I have another shirt that is really heavy. Some even have two layers of material. That isn't an issue, but it does effect the shrinkage. The shirt is not preshrunk– and each material will shrink differently. This is mostly an issue with the sleeves. So you must wash the shirt when you get it to see if it is a proper fit.
    I dislike collar stays, I love wide cuts and it allows you to have great knots for ties. Pockets on shirts are useless. When you get custom shirts, have fun with contrasts inside the collar and cuffs. It not only allows you to have fun, but will stop that oil build up that dinges a shirt.

  6. Used the app. When I tried to log on cutting and pasting their password, it said it was an incorrect password, so I had them resend a new one, and it failed too. They shouldn't make me work that hard to order a shirt!!!

  7. Wish I had this figured out a long time ago. I need to throw out my very old dress shirts and get new ones for grad school. I only became aware of how bad they fit from 3 months of using them everyday.

  8. Great post. Would like to see even more on designing custom suits online. What’s your opinion on Tailor Store for suits?

  9. This is great information, but where does one even find a large variety of shirts without breaking the bank? As a graduate student my wallet isn't deep, but I still find it important to dress well, and many of the large department stores just aren't that great.

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