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Sizes for men's clothes are fairly standardized.  Our dress shirts are sized by the neck and sleeve measurement.  This sizing system exists so that customers do not have to rely on general men's dress shirt sizes (small, medium, large, etc.) and can instead purchase a dress shirt that separately fits the neck, arm and body.  Here's how to determine your dress shirt size and find the perfect fit:

Neck Measurement:

To measure yourself:  Measure a shirt with a collar that fits you well.  Open the shirt and lay the collar flat.  Measure from the center of the collar button to the far end of the button hole.  The measurement in inches is your collar size.  Alternatively, measure around the base of your neck, inserting a finger between the tape and your neck to allow for comfort.  Take the measurement to the nearest half inch increment.

Directions for someone else to measure you:  To determine neck size, place the tape measure at the back of the neck and bring it around to a point under the Adam's Apple.  This should be a smooth or "skin" measurement with no slack or give allowed.  After taking the measurement, add one half inch for ease and comfort allowance.  

Sleeve Measurement:

To take the sleeve measurement, hold your arm so that it is bent 90 degrees and your hand rests on your hip.  With the help from a friend, begin measuring at the middle point of the back, directly on the spine at the base of the neck.  Move across the top of the shoulder to the point where the arm and shoulder meet.  Continue pulling the tape measure down the arm and around, over the elbow.  Pull the tape measure to just below the wrist bone and read the measurement.  Our shirts come in graduates of 2 inches (32/33, 34/35, 36/37, 38/39.) 


If you need to convert your dress shirt size from general sizing (small, medium, large, etc.) to neck and sleeve measurements, see below to find your comparable size:

Small:  Neck: 15   Sleeve: (32/33)
Medium:  Neck: 15.5 - 16   Sleeve: (34/35)
Large:  Neck: 16.5 - 17   Sleeve: (34/35) or (36/37) depending on arm length
X-Large:  Neck: 17.5 - 18   Sleeve: (36/37) or (38/39) depending on arm length
XX-Large:  Neck: 18.5 - 19   Sleeve: (36/37)
XXX-Large:  Neck: 20   Sleeve: (38/39) 


Fashion Tips


Ever wonder what buttons to button?

  • 3 button jacket: As a general rule you can remember "Always, Sometimes, Never". 
    Top button - always. Middle button - sometimes. Bottom button - never.
  • 2 button jacket: As a general rule remember "Sometimes, Never". 
    Top button - sometimes. Bottom button - never.


Blazers & Sport Coats

What's the difference between a blazer and a sport coat? There are two main differences:

  • A blazer is typically solid in color (example: navy or black). A blazer will likely have distinguishable buttons (gold, brass, mother of pearl, etc.).
  • A sport coat is typically patterned (example: plaid, herringbone, etc.). A sport coat will have standard buttons, and the color of the button will match one of the colors on the jacket.



How do you know when your trousers don’t fit? There are a few signs of trousers not fitting, but these are two pretty obvious ones:

  • If you can see your socks when you walk. The length of the trousers should be sufficient so they have a slight kink or break in front and rest at the top of the heel in the back. Your socks should not show when walking and should cover any flesh when seated.
  • If your pleats are popping. If you are wearing a single or double pleat pant and the pleats are “popping” that means they are either too tight, or you are wearing them too low. Often times men don’t wear their pants at the appropriate height. The general rule is one inch below the belly button.


Shirt Tips

  • When your shirt collar is buttoned up, you should be able to put a finger between your neck and the shirt.
  • Your shirt should be long enough to tuck into your trousers easily and not come out when you lift your arms.
  • The buttons on the shirt should lie flat.
  • If your shirt is too loose or baggy, consider buying a tailored cut shirt, having it tailored by a professional, or purchasing one in a different weight of cotton.


Tie Tips

  • The tip of the tie should hit the middle of the belt buckle.
  • Your tie knot will depend on the collar spread. Full Windsor, Half Windsor, and Four in Hand are options.
  • The knot of your tie must fit close to the collar of your shirt so that there is no visible gap.



Socks are a key accessory in your wardrobe and say a lot about your style and dress sense. You should own multiple socks to keep from frequent wear and tear. The color of your socks should match and coordinate with your trousers or pants--not your shoes. Revealing your legs when you sit down is not a good look, and longer socks will ensure this doesn’t happen.


Belts & Suspenders

A belt should be worn if your pants have loops. Your belt should be a bit darker than your trousers, with the exception of most casual outfits. Additionally, belts should always match your shoes. Pay attention to buckles--nothing too bulky or inappropriate. Suspenders are often worn with formal wear and should button — not clip on. Suspenders are never worn with a belt.



For formal or business wear, leather shoes are a must. You can’t go wrong with dark, lace-up shoes. Formal shoes should have thin soles and always be well kept and shined. When it comes to casual wear, match your shoes to the style of your trousers or pants. What makes a casual shoe a “casual?” If it doesn’t lace up, it’s considered casual. If a shoe has a rugged lug sole, it’s casual. If it has visible contrast stitching, it’s casual. If you can’t shine it (its upper is nubuck, suede, or a matte finish leather), chances are it’s casual.

Shoe color choice:

  • Black shoes with charcoal and black trousers
  • Dark brown shoes with brown and dark khaki trousers
  • Light brown shoes with tan, olive mix, etc. trousers
  • Cordovan/merlot shoes with navy, and mid/light grey trousers



An overcoat is great to wear over your suit to the office. For those living and working in colder climates a nice overcoat is a must. Don’t go another winter without a full length wool or wool/cashmere coat.



  • Eyeglasses: You may consider a new style the next time you change your prescription. Be sure they are current and fit your face well. Consider those frames that are about as wide as your head. Round is better for angular faces, and angular is better for round faces.
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses should augment not neutralize your personal style.
  • Briefcases: There are a wide variety of briefcases to choose from. Black leather is classic and versatile. A briefcase will hold the necessary papers, proposals, and laptop. In some instances, a shoulder strap makes a bag more informal but certainly more practical.
  • Planners: Do you prefer paper between leather or canvas covers? Maybe you’re a digital type. Regardless of your preference, planners can offer options to suit your function and style.
  • Pens: A pen is a necessity and accessory. A functional black uni-ball or a fountain pen delivers style on the dotted line.



A rule of thumb is to keep jewelry to a minimum.

  • Rings: A wedding ring and possibly a class ring are appropriate to wear.
  • Watches: Make sure it’s of good quality and appropriate. When selecting a timepiece, think simple and versatile. A dignified band and uncomplicated face will do best--one that’s classic and has timeless appeal. Save the athletic watches for the gym, and stay away from colored plastic watches.



It’s generally advisable to avoid a trendy hairdo, rather, have a simple cut that can be combed and styled a couple different ways. When men’s hair turns grey, it can give them a look of sophistication. Don’t fight it. Flecks of grey, known as ‘salt and pepper’, can be distinguished. However, if you choose to color your hair, it is best left to the professionals versus relying on home kits. If you have thinning hair, keep it short.

Facial Hair
Sideburns: It is advised to trim your sideburns square and don’t let them creep below the bottom of your cheek bone.

Beards & Moustaches
Facial hair can be used either for balancing your facial proportions or as part of individualizing your look. If you decide to grow facial hair, make sure it fits your face and is appropriately trimmed. Small mustaches go better with small noses, and large with large. A short but full beard can make a thin face look fuller; a longer beard can lengthen a full face. If you’re balding or have a short haircut, trim the beard short. If you have long hair, the beard can be bigger.

It’s nice if it makes you smell good up close, but the whole room doesn’t need to breathe your cologne. Be sure not to overdo it when you know you’ll be in a confined place – boardroom, airplane, etc. Remember, deodorant is required.


Grooming Tips

  • Nails should always be clean, kept short, and appear well kept.
  • Don’t ignore your eyebrows—use tweezers to remove the hair in between them.
  • Keep your teeth clean and healthy, since a winning smile is an important part of a person’s image.
  • Keep your breath fresh in all social situations. Freshen up by keeping some mouthwash or mints in a convenient place.


Core Professional Wardrobe

  • Remember: Your business look needs to reflect the core values of the industry in which you work.
    The number of items below indicates the minimum requirements to make sure you are professionally dressed at all times.
  • Suits: Two to four suits in navy, charcoal, black and possibly one earth tone color.
  • Blazer/Sport coat: One black or navy blazer and one patterned sport coat.
  • Trousers: Six to ten trousers ranging in various colors/patterns.
  • Dress Shirts: Six to ten dress shirts in a variety of complimentary colors or patterns.
  • Knits: One to two sweaters/sweater vests.
  • Silk Ties: Five silk ties to coordinate with your work shirts.
  • Overcoat: At least one coat or raincoat to wear over your suit in charcoal, black, navy or beige.
  • Shoes: Two to three pairs of formal shoes in neutral colors—black, brown or cordovan.
  • Leather Belts: Two to three leather belts to match your shoes.
  • Socks: Six to ten over the calf socks to match your trousers.