5 juillet 2016

The Nines dress shirt

The dress shirt is an indispensable piece in any man's closet. Every man should own a dress shirt, an inevitable sign of elegance. We have made a list of the characteristics in a quality dress shirt.

French seams: For an elegant and well-kept look, French seams (eight points per centimetre) are ideal and ensure an irreproachable sturdiness. This requires two lines of thread: on the inside of the shirt and the other on the outside. The couturier forms the interior seam first and then refolds the shirt to create the exterior seam so cleanly that only a single thread is visible. Sophisticated, this seam is without a doubt a sign of quality.

Hem gussets: The bottom of the shirt can be optionally reinforced, thanks to a piece of more "swaddled" fabric which prevents any tearing along both halves of the shirt. However, hem gussets can be a style element. For incontestable harmony, it is best to match the colour of the hem gusset to the cuffs and collar.

Mother-of-pearl buttons: Mother-of-pearl buttons are undeniably of higher quality and the preferred choice of any detail- and appearance-conscious man. The iridescence which permeates the mother-of-pearl embellishes your figure, freshens up your shirt, and offers more coordinating possibilities. Troca, a shell from New Caledonia, is currently used for the creation of beads and buttons.

Collar stays: These are comprised of shafts, generally metallic (in stainless steel), which are inserted into the collar of a shirt. The collar stay provides rigidity and supports your collar for more stability and stature. This prevents collars from curling up (standing up).

Horizontal buttonhole: The last buttonhole on a quality dress shirt is inverted; that is, horizontal. This is a characteristic complimentary to the length of a shirt: sewed horizontally, this buttonhole prevents friction and ensures that your shirt is tucked properly into your trousers.

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