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How To Buy A Man's Custom Dress Shirt?
 by: Janine Giorgenti

How to check if your custom shirt fits?

While the shirt is buttoned, you should be able to slide two fingers between your neck and collar.

When you move your arm in your custom dress shirt, the sleeves should be long enough so that cuffs do not ride up your wrist.

The cuffs of your custom made shirt should just be tight enough that they do not hang over your hand. You should not be able to slip into shirt sleeves without first undoing buttons on the cuff.

To make sure your custom fitted shirt is comfortable and not too tight, check that the shirt does not pull uncomfortably across the shoulders, chest or waist.

Check the buttons of your custom shirt; they should be secure, no loose threads and well-placed with no gaping holes exposing your chest or waist.

To check the proper shirt length of your custom shirt, raise your arms and make sure that shirt tail does not come out of your pants.


It takes up to 9 washings for a custom dress shirt to fully shrink. For this reason, make sure the collar of a brand new shirt has a half inch extra room or it will become too tight.

How to check the quality of a custom shirt?

Check the fabric content of your custom shirt. Finer dress shirts are made of two-ply, which make the fabrics stronger, softer and wrinkle less.

Inspect the seam running down the side of the shirt for smoothness and make sure it does not pucker. A high-quality custom shirt has only one line of stitching visible on the side seam, while most commercial shirts have two visible rows of stitches.

Examine shirt sleeve a couple of inches above the cuff for a gauntlet button that closes up the sleeve. A gauntlet button and a horizontally placed buttonhole also usually indicate good craftsmanship.

In Custom striped shirts, check how stripes are aligned. They should match making a straight line.

The collar of a great fitting custom shirt should be firm and crisp. It should not be limp and under no circumstances it should have any wrinkles or bubbles (puckering)

The design of the fabric should match where any two pieces of fabrics meet. For example where sleeves meet the shoulder.

A well made custom shirt should have removable stays or built in stays for a crisper and firm look.

The collar of a fine custom dress shirt should be constructed in two pieces and hand turned.

The buttons of a high quality custom shirt should be sewn with a cross locked stitch to ensure your buttons stay firmly attached.


Two-piece yoke

Top quality custom men's shirts have a two-piece yoke (the part that covers the shoulders). This creates more work but allows for a better fit and more natural drape.

For more information on custom dress shirts please visit

About The Author

Janine Giorgenti

For two decades, Janine Giorgenti has dedicated her life’s work to developing cutting edge techniques, for creating a professional image. She is a pioneering top clothing designer, image and wardrobe consultant as well as a dynamic speaker.

As a recognized expert in color psychology and a seasoned Seventh Avenue designer, Janine helps clients substantially improve their professional appearance. Her scientific approach to image enhancement applies the innovations of the world’s greatest clothing experts to each individual’s wardrobe.

Many clients credit her counsel with helping them win promotions, close deals, land new jobs, perform better in the business world and build general self-confidence. Her clients include sport figures, celebrities and Fortune 500 executives from American Express, Deloitte &Touché, Citicorp, MetLife, Marriott and Morgan Stanley, among others.

Janine Giorgenti reaches thousands through her “ Dress for Success” seminars, TV and Radio appearances, while her acclaimed “Image Empowerment” audio series” empower countless more people. Her makeovers are featured on local and regional television programs, and her advice was recently the centerpiece of a McKinsey & Company women's website series on 'business casual'.

Janine is a fourth generation designer who trained at New York’s renowned Fashion Institute of Technology. She was a fashion consultant for Saks 5th Ave, Anne Taylor, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Janine’s original creations have been featured in The New York Times Fashion of the Times centerfold, as well in Vogue magazine.

Janine is committed to giving back to the community, often providing custom clothing and organizing fashion shows as fundraising events for nonprofits that include The American Heart Association, A Cure for Breast Cancer, Arthritis foundation, The United Way, and the Special Olympics for Handicapped Kids.

Her advice is frequently sought by major national newspapers and magazines, and will soon be collected into a book, co-authored with award-winning television producer and journalist Sue Treiman.

Janine Giorgenti can be contacted at 1-800-99-IMAGE or

Copyright clause: My articles can be copied, published and re-printed without my permission as long as I remain the author of the article.

This article was posted on April 05, 2006


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