A fashion trend from the 1960s still around today: the shirt! - CG – Club of Gents

Whether elegant or sporting, hardly any item of clothing can be worn in such varied ways as a shirt.

To ensure you have the tight shirt for every occasion, we have put together the key points for you to remember.

“Gentlemen used to button their collar to their vest as a statement of style”

Like most items of clothing, the shirt also has a long history behind it. The shirt as we know it only developed in the 1930s/1940s. Before this, stylish gentlemen used to button their collar to their vest and often attached the cuffs directly to the jacket. Until about 1960, by the way, you hardly ever used to see anyone wearing a shirt without a tie and elegant outer garments. It was the hippies of the 1960s who turned the shirt into a fashion trend and it has continued to remain so up to today.

How should a shirt sit?

Let's start with the fit to begin with. The basic rule is that the shirt should be worn close to the body, but without the buttons being under any strain. Collar width should be chosen so as to allow 1-2 fingers to be inserted when the shirt is buttoned up. The same applies to the cuffs, with there still being room for 1-2 fingers to be inserted when they are buttoned up. The sleeves must be of such a length that the cuff still covers the root of the thumb when the arms are slightly bent. The length of the shirt strongly depends on whether you want to wear the shirt inside or outside the trousers. Leisure time shirts should end approx. 10 cm below the waistband. Shirts for business can certainly be longer so as to prevent the shirt slipping out of the trousers.

“Think seriously about how much chemistry you want to expose your skin to”

A shirt covers approx. 60% of your body. Think seriously therefore about how much chemistry you want to expose your skin to. Above all, you should not wear any “easy to iron” or “non-iron” shirts. A liquid ammonia finish is used in these treatments which block the cotton fibres in the same way as an adhesive would and therefore strongly limit their ability to breathe. Our basic advice is to wear shirts made of pure cotton or ones with a slight portion of elastane. Should you come across details of S100, S100/2 or suchlike, then feel free to purchase. These details describe the fineness of the yarn and therefore provide a quality feature.

Collars and cuffs

In addition to the quality and fit of a shirt, the occasion for which it is to be worn above all forms a decisive criterion for selection. In order to be confident in choosing the right style of shirt, we will show which collar and which cuffs you should wear on which occasion.

When it comes to collars, you should particularly be familiar with the following four.

The question now of course arises as to which shirts a man really needs? That is no easy question to answer as there are innumerable colours, materials and designs available. We have compiled a short overview, though, covering which shirts should definitely find a place in your wardrobe.

You should have these shirts in your wardrobe:

  • Black shirt with Kent collar and sporting cuffs
  • White shirt with Kent collar and sporting cuffs
  • White shirt with wing collar, button-down front and double cuffs
  • Light blue shirt with cutaway collar and sporting cuffs
  • White Oxford shirt with button down collar.
  • Chequered lumberjack flannel shirt
  • Washed denim shirt with Kent collar
  • Unwashed denim shirt with Kent collar

Depending on your profession and whether you wash the shirts yourself or have them cleaned, you need more than one item per version of each of the respective shirts.

How well covered are you already? Do you have a shirt for every occasion? We hope our article has been able to provide you with a little additional help. Please get in touch if you have any further questions!

Your CG- Club of Gents Team

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