When thinking of styling these shirts make sure they are properly fitted on you because wearing the right kind of shirt in the wrong fit will look bad.
Here are the basic areas that you should watch out when it comes to checking out if a shirt fits you or not:
Collar is loose enough to slide a fingertip under and no more
It shouldn’t stand off the body with air in between your neck and the shirt.
Long sleeves should cover the large, protruding bone in the wrist when buttoned.
The hole where the sleeve meets the shirt should be close into the armpit, not sagging loose beneath it.
Short sleeves should be tight enough to lie against the skin without digging in.
If there’s a sagging opening with empty air in it or cloth pinching the skin the fit needs adjusting.
Shirt tails should never cover more than your belt, or a half-inch beyond it at the most.
Most shirts meant to be worn untucked will be squared off at the same length all the way around, while shirts meant to be tucked in will have darts that give it a “duck tail” in the front and back.
Waists can be brought in by a tailor, and should be if you need it.
The shirt should taper with your body so that it’s as close to the waist as it is to the ribs and chest. Looseness below the ribs will turn into a billowing distraction, or a “muffin top” puff around the trouser waist if you tuck it in.
Another thing that you could check before you buy a shirt is to make sure that the long sleeves are comfortable and can be rolled (you could try the shirt before buying it).
You don’t want a sleeve that slips back down and can’t stay rolled during the hotter months.
Now that you know some of the basic information about shirts let’s look into some great shirts to try!
Long-Sleeved Casual Shirts #1: The White Dress Shirt
These if for the casual days
A good white dress shirt should have a point or spread collar and get one with reasonably short tails so that you’ve got the option of wearing it untucked without long shirt tails hanging down in front.
These are most commonly worn as business wear, so it won’t be a daily casual staple. But it’s nice to have the option of dressing an outfit up by pairing very casual trousers or jackets with a sharp shirt.
Long-Sleeved Casual Shirts #2: The Blue Oxford
You should have one of these shirts.
This is where “blue collar” came from (back in the days when collars were still detachable from shirts), and it’s still a look that says “making the effort to look nice, but don’t mistake me for a stuffed suit.”
You don’t need a super-fine oxford for casual shirts. Something where the weave is visible dresses it down and adds some visual texture.
Long-Sleeved Casual Shirts #3: The Candy-Striped Button-Down
“Candystripe” is a common pattern of vertical lines alternating between a single solid color and white.
Blue is the most common which I love as a color, but just about any color can be used.
These are good shirts to wear with blazers and sports jackets, especially ones that don’t have a pattern of their own.
This shirt is not something to wear with a business suit, even though it’s a long-sleeved, collared dress shirt.
Long-Sleeved Casual Shirts #4: The Tattersall
Tattersall is a specific pattern of broad checks on a white background.
When you’re searching for such type of shirts look for something in fine cotton with a point or spread collar.
You can actually get pretty nice ones that could be worn with suits in some situations, and these are the best ones to own;
Worn untucked with the sleeves rolled these make a great casual shirt in the summer. Or throw them on under a navy blazer for something a little preppier.
It’s not a common most men pick up automatically, but it’s one of the most versatile in the casual wardrobe. A good long-sleeved shirt in tattersall is worth a bit of hunting.
Long-Sleeved Casual Shirts #5: The Plaid Workshirt
Not just for lumberjacks and hippies anymore. A restrained plaid on a light cotton work shirt looks great when paired with khakis or gray slacks. A relatively fine weave with a smooth surface can help set the shirt apart from the fuzzier flannels we associate with outdoorsmen.
Stick to two colors for best results, such as the classic red on black or a more urbane navy on white. Once you start getting into Scottish clan tartans it gets a little wild for anything outside of, yes, a lumberjack’s flannel shirt.
Long-Sleeved Casual Shirts #6: The Rumpled Linen Shirt
Linen has a tendency to wrinkle easily. Lightweight summer shirts in a solid, light color showcase this as a feature rather than a bug, and it’s worth owning one.
If you’ve seen magazine pictures of a good-looking guy on the beach, wearing a light-colored shirt with the sleeves rolled carelessly up, it was probably linen. Pair it with just about any color of cotton slacks, but never with linen pants of another color or a linen suit.
Short-Sleeved Casual Shirts #1: The Solid-Color Polo
Staple of the hotter months, this is another one every man should own. It can be worn as your only upper-body garment or slipped under a light jacket as needed.
The best polos should be made from a textured weave like poplin. The dimples help hold it off the skin, allowing air to flow through. Avoid wearing polos with a company’s logo on the left breast except when you are on the clock working for that company. Get blank ones for your casual wear.
The Short-Sleeved Work Shirt
This is often just a short-sleeved, square-bottomed version of a blue oxford or chambray work shirt. It has a buttoning front, a turndown collar, and one or two patch pockets on the breast.
These are for those working days rather than wearing them to social events.
Short-Sleeved Casual Shirts #2: The Seersucker Button-Down
One thing to avoid, however, is wearing a seersucker shirt with a seersucker suit, jacket, or trousers. Don’t combine more than one seersucker apparel.
Short-Sleeved Casual Shirts #3: The Guayabera
This could be worn as a summer casual and at times they call this a “Mexican Wedding Shirt,” the guayabera can be long- or short-sleeved, but the short-sleeved variant is much more common in the United States.
This light cotton collared shirt has four front pockets and at least two vertical columns of closely-spaced pleats, ruffles, or decorative stitching and usually come in a single light pastel.
If you get a well-fitted guayabera it will give you the same basic shape and style as a man in a short-sleeved dress shirt, but with a much more distinctive shirtfront.
Short-Sleeved Casual Shirts #4: The Graphic T-Shirt
last and not least we couldn’t go without mentioning the famout t-shirt!
A T-shirt should not be a daily staple, although it’s not a very flattering garment it can be worn under a casual jacket or even paired with brightly-colored trousers.
a T-shirt with artistic design on it is in the current trend and can give you a break from the all put together look.
You can also wear a solid, dark T-shirt beneath a blazer, or with accents like a scarf or broad, colored belt.
There you have it, 10 Best Casual Shirts For Men That Look Great!
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