|Dress For Success
With summers in full swing, the cotton shirt is a staple in your wardrobe. Here are some tips on how to go the right way with the most trusted fabric…
The latest in summer menswear is being showcased everywhere – in stores, on television and on billboards. Chances are that those older shirts in your closet just don't cut it anymore. Adding a shirt or two to your collection might be exactly what you need to spruce up that boring wardrobe. But before you spend tons of money on shirts that look awfully similar to those you already own, remember that the key to owning a fine wardrobe is having a variety of pieces that allow for plenty of mixing and matching.
Take It Inside
Like most of us, you'll probably be working indoors throughout the summer, but if your office is air-conditioned you're lucky. But nine to fivers have to get to work, which means some time spent in the summer heat. That's why it's important to have at least one summery shirt for those dreadfully muggy days.
Whether you work in a very casual environment or in an office with a strict dress code, a cool cotton shirt will help you breeze through the heat of summer. If you're one of the fortunate ones working at a thriving technology company, you can likely opt for something a little sportier. The rule is to try and break free from the blues and whites. Today's market is flooded with high quality cotton shirts that are casual enough for a more laid-back office, yet elegant enough to make your boss reconsider replacing 'casual Saturdays' with casual every day , thanks to all the cool jeans and t-shirts he's been seeing around the office.
Colour Up Your Summer
Try a nice pink button-down shirt. It's a great summer pick as it blends perfectly with most shades of beige trousers. It also looks great with or without a tie. Yes, cotton is your best friend, and if it has a brighter summery shade, you are all set. Whether it's a romantic picnic in the morning or an afternoon walk in the park, cotton will leave you looking and feeling great.
If you work in a strict dress code regime, don't feel left out because there are a couple of very attractive yet more conservative shirts strictly tailored for you. Again, a cotton button-down collar shirt is the perfect choice. It's conservative enough to wear under a classy suit and will allow your body to breathe when you have to step out. Just make sure to leave your suit jacket hanging in the office before going out. For a more elegant look, try an English spread collar shirt.
A blue shirt is a staple in any man's wardrobe and will leave you looking like a million bucks anytime you match it with a nicely tailored suit and tie. Try something new with the shirts that'll make the ladies pay attention...
Going Out, Are We?
Here is where most guys get lost. Be it a nice dinner with your sweetheart or a night out with the boys, looking your best during hot summer nights is just a matter of picking the right shirt. If you're out with your buddies, a nice navy, striped, button-down collar shirt is the bomb. It's cool and classy enough to get you into that trendy restaurant that just opened downtown.
For something a little dressier, like a fine dining experience or a business cocktail, go for a fine silk shirt. Silk shirts are great as they adapt very well to hot temperatures, leaving you feeling cool and fresh. They also look amazing thanks to their subtle shine and soft texture. For a funkier, more daring look, try a blue curved collar one.
Most of us associate the weekend with comfort, hence why we look forward to wearing our favourite jeans and t-shirts. But what if you need to attend an important outdoor event or tee off with a huge client? If you haven't learned the hard way yet, you must know that women do notice how you're dressed. Not to worry, it really doesn't take that much effort to look good, so show the ladies that you're in tune with your fashion sense by sporting a weekend casual shirt.
What's your size?
Hopefully by now you've realised that a few new shirts are all you really need to fine-tune your wardrobe this summer. But before you venture into purchasing some of these great shirts, it's essential that you know your neck and sleeve size. If you aren't aware of your body measurements, measure up!