Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ask Jesse: Dress Shirt Shrinkage

Question: How much shrinkage should I allow for when I select new dress shirts?

Answer: As your custom tailor, naturally we allow sufficient fabric for shrinkage, so you never have to worry about ending up with a shirt that’s too small. If you still want to know the basics of shrinkage, remember that cotton fabrics will generally shrink more lengthwise (from top to bottom) than across (from side to side). Some shirts may shrink up to half an inch in length.

Check that you can fit one to two fingers between your neck and the collar. This allows room for ease in wearing and for any shrinkage. Most shirts will allow plenty of length in the body of the shirt, but make sure the shirt sleeves are long enough to lose half an inch and still reach to your wrist easily.

Newsletter – May 2012

Tie Quality

Ties add more than a splash of color to your work attire – the quality of your tie contributes to your image as well. The next time you’re selecting new ties for your wardrobe, make sure they are of long lasting, high-quality workmanship.

When comparing ties, the first consideration is the “hand” or feel of the tie. Check that the fabric feels pleasant to the touch. A scratchy or stiff tie is likely to be of lower-quality fabric than one that simply feels luxuriant. This “touch test” applies equally well to thick and thin fabrics.

Next, check the manufacture’s tag to see what type of fabric you’re holding. Silk or wool ties are generally preferable to synthetics. The natural elasticity of these fibers will stretch better around the neck, leading to a longer useful life in your wardrobe.

“For a man, choosing his tie in the morning is without a doubt one of the most poetic acts of his day.”