Here you can find everything about business shirts, leisure shirts and dress shirts, from size charts to cuts and collar shapes.
How do I correctly measure collar size?
Stand up straight and look straight ahead. Use a tape measure to measure your neck just below your Adam’s apple, leaving enough slack to comfortably fit a finger into the gap. The result in cm is your collar measurement.
Size charts for men’s shirts
In leisure wear and smart-casual wear, shirt sizes are often given as S, M, L, XL, XL, XXL and XXXL. These correspond approximately to the German clothing sizes 44/46, 48/50, 52, 54, 56 and 58. If you need a larger size I will be happy to take you to shops which specialize in sizes from 56 / XXL onwards.
The classic size chart for shirts is based on collar sizes. The size chart for Business-shirts starts at 37 cm and usually goes up in cm increments, up to size 52 cm for collars. Plus size charts include collar sizes up to 56 cm. Matching waist sizes and shirt lengths are based on collar sizes. Two measurements are usually included in each size.
Different sleeve lengths for business shirts
For men taller than approx. 1,86m there are extra-long shirts with longer sleeves.
Men who are below approx. 1,69m in height have to opportunity to choose shirts with shorter sleeves and shorter back length.
What is the difference between Slim Fit, Modern Fit, Regular Fit and Comfort Fit?
Shirts in „Slim Fit“ or also“Body Fit“ are suitable for men of slim to regular build. These shirts are slightly fitted at the waist.
Shirts in a „Modern Fit“ or“Shaped Fit“ are suitable for men of slim to regular build. These shirts are slightly fitted at the waist.
Shirts with a straight cut can be found in the „Regular Fit“ or „Classic Fit“ category. These shirts are cut so that chest circumference and waist are about the same length. Although some manufacturers still use a slightly fitted cut these shirts are suitable for men of regular or slightly larger build.
„Comfort Fit“ shirts have a relaxed cut and are suitable for larger men.
Shirt collar shapes
The Kent-Collar – the elegant classic:
This collar is characterised by its two more or less widely spread collar wings. The tips of the collar wings are usually pointed but can also be rounded. Most Kent collars are usually strengthened with tabs to ensure a perfect shape. This collar type can be worn with or without a tie, bow tie or scarf. It goes just as well with a business suit as with leisurewear, under a jumper, a cardigan or just on its own. The narrow collar has become a popular young and trendy collar style. This type of collar is ideally worn in combination with a narrow tie. The width of the jacket lapel should however match the width of the tie.
The Button-Down-Collar is the second most popular collar type:
This collar is characterised by two buttons attached to the shirt below the collar wings. The collar wings have button holes. Although the collar is soft and not reinforced, the buttons make sure the wings cannot flip up or stick out. Generally speaking this collar appears sportier and can easily be worn without a tie. This classic, with or without a tie, can easily be worn in combination with fashionable or sporty jackets. The Button-Down also makes the wearer appear slimmer. Disadvantage: This collar strongly accentuates the chin area. I would therefore recommend a Kent or Windsor Collar to men with angular chins.
The Hidden Button-Down Collar:
A much rarer version is the hidden button-down-collar. Another name for it is “Under-Button-Down-Collar”. Visually the collar is like a Kent-collar but the softness is that of a classic button-down. The difference to the button-down is that the collar wings have hidden button holes on their undersides. This collar is ideal for men who prefer button-down shirts but do not want the buttons to be visible on the collar wings.
Shark Collar, Windsor Collar or Cutaway Collar:
This collar is characterised by the wide spread of the collar wings. The wide distance between the collar tips leaves room for a wide or heavy tie and a large tie knot. Without a tie the collar loses some of its impact, this rather extravagant collar variety is however particularly well suited to business suits with a deep, wide blazer cut. Men with large collar sizes or round faces would be better off with a pointed Kent-collar or a button-down because the shark collar makes the neck appear somewhat short.
The tab collar is characterised by a tab attached to each collar wing. These tabs can be joined underneath the tie, usually with a popper button. This puts the tie knot in its optimal position. In order to maintain the perfect look, the tie should not be overly voluminous and the tie knot should be kept narrow. A tab knot shirt is particularly well suited to the business look since it helps to maintain a professional look even when the jacket is taken off. A shirt with a tab collar is always worn with a tie.
Wing Collar: Dress Shirt or Tuxedo Shirt
The collar is a type of stand-up collar with very small collar wings which point slightly forwards. This shirt is especially tailored for tails or a dinner jacket. It usually has a concealed button front and is worn with a bow tie or ribbon. Most smoking jackets range from white to cream. In some cases the material can have a jacquard pattern.
Bristol-Collar or Spread Collar
Here, the longer collar wings end one to two centimetres lower on the chest. This particular cut ensures that the collar wings don’t fold upwards easily, even when worn with thicker ties. These collars also take the focus away from the chin and down to the tie, making them the ideal collar for men with double chins. In addition to this, the spread collar makes men appear taller and helps to create a harmonic balance between thicker ties and shirt collars. It is however important to tie a longer rather than square tie knot. A knot that is too short will look “emaciated”.
Care tips for washing shirts
Always wash dark and light shirts separately. Do not load more than 7-8 shirts into the machine at once. Ideally you should button up the top few buttons and turn the collar inwards. Do the same with cuffs, since collars and cuffs are the areas exposed to most wear and tear during wearing and washing. Fill the machine with detergent and hygiene products according to the instructions. (The appropriate hygiene products will help to successfully remove bacteria in sweat) Choose a delicates wash cycle with a maximum spin speed of 700. When finished, open the washing machine and turn collars and cuffs the right way round again. Before drying the shirts ready for ironing, take each one by the shoulders and give it two or three strong shakes.