The history of the gentlemens shirts begins centuries ago, but the modern shirt as we know it today, started developing in the late 19th century. In 1871, the company Brown, Davies & Co. of Aldermanbury presented the first gentlemans shirt with buttons all the way up.
When buying a good shirt, you should have the option of removing the collar holder if the shape allows it, especially with cutaway collars. Standard collar holders are plastic, but specialist stores offer in brass as well. The collar holder is important if you want the correct angle.
Perfect shoulders does not excist. This is why the yoke is important. On a tailored shirt, the yoke is there to make sure your shoulders look the same, even though they’re not.
The shirt yoke
The more stitches a shirt has, the more durable it is. A good shirt will have at least eight stitches per centimeter, and should be sown with a “single needle”. The benefit of more stitching, is that the fabric won’t shift during wash.
So many collars, what to choose?
-Turndown collar is the most formal collar, also the least appealing.
-Cutaway/spread collar is one of the more elegant collars. The benefit? It shows your tie knot better.
So, where do you go shopping for good shirts? Jermyn Street!
-Turnbull & Asser: Jermyn St. No. 71. It’s the most famous address in Jermyn Street. Since 1904. Tailored, MTM and RTW shirts in all fabrics and cuts. Minimum order of tailored shirts is six.
-For a turndown collar, visit the ever so classic T.M. Lewin. Slim, yet clean and classic shirts.
-Thomas Pink is a large business, and offers plenty of well-sown shirts in numerous fits and qualities. (For the younger gentleman)
Turnbull & Asser, Jermyn Street