As a model, writer and cultural ambassador for the British Fashion Council, it's no surprise that Laura Bailey has impeccable style. What's also extremely refreshing is that as an iconic fashion figure, she takes timeless classic pieces to make bold statements without bearing an over-generous amount of skin. What we particularly love about Laura Bailey is her unique way of pairing tailored shirts with high-waisted full skirts and finishing it off with a funky pair of heels (and often socks too). It's also great to see her mixing and matching different shirts and skirts to achieve different looks depending on the occasion. We love this lady's style - it's screaming all sorts of understated English cool - what do you guys think?
A is for Alumo - Alumo is a Swiss cotton-manufacturing firm based in Appenzell and is one of the world's leading producers of the highest quality two-fold cotton shirting fabrics.
B is for Bespoke - Bespoke, when applied to tailoring means that the buyer has total control over the fabric used, the features and fit, and the way the garment should be made. More generally, bespoke describes a high degree of customisation by the end-user in the production of the garments. The difference between bespoke and made-to-measure is that the latter alters a standard sized pattern to fit the customer.
C is for Cotton - The defining feature of a high quality shirt is that it is made from 100% cotton. Wrinkle-free or stretch fabrics may be more convenient, however, will contain varying quantities of polyester.
D is for Darts - Dress shirt darts are two parallel stitches sewn vertically to provide a better fit and give the shirt a better shape so that it enhances the shirt wearer's figure. The purpose of darts is usually to make a slim fit dress shirt.
E is for Epaulette - The Epaulette (Epau Loops) is the ornamental shoulder strap parallel to the shoulder seam that buttons up near the collar. It was originally used by the military.
F is for Fused Collar / Cuff - A Fused collar is when the interlining is glued to one or both layers of the collar/cuff fabric. The interlining is a harder piece of material that acts as a skeleton to make the collars and cuffs rigid and stiff. English shirtmakers prefer to sew the interlining whilst Italian shirtmakers prefer a fused collar and cuff.
G is for Gusset - The Gusset is the triangular piece of fabric at the bottom of the side seam to add strength and relieve stress from tight fitting clothing
H is for Herringbone - Herringbone is a type of weave. It is usually found in twill fabric and is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish. Tweed cloth is most often woven with a herringbone pattern.
I is Ironing - It is essential that a shirt be ironed before it is worn. Here is our guide on how to iron a dress shirt.
J is for Jermyn Street - Jermyn Street is a street near Piccadilly Circus that links Regent Street with St. James Street, the home of the most famous shirt-makers in the world. Jermyn Street sums up the style and origins of the English tradition of shirt-making although these days, none of the Jermyn Street shirtmakers stock shirts that are sewn by hand.
K is for Karl Lagerfeld - Karl Lagerfeld's signature look is a dress shirt with an extremely high rigid white collar - and apparently he has thousands of them.
L is for Length - More particularly, Sleeve Length.With your arm at your side and your shirt cuff buttoned, you should just be able to touch the tip of your shirt sleeve with your middle finger folded back against your palm. Additionally, you should be able to stretch your arms out without the sleeve traveling more than a half-inch up your wrist.
M is for Mother of Pearl - The Mother of Pearl button is used on a lot of high quality shirts and comes from the inside of an oyster shell. Although it is stronger than plastic, it is also more likely to degrade after repeated exposure to laundry detergent.
N is for Neck / Collar - There are a large range of collar shapes that are suitable for different face shapes, different occasions or worn with different neck ties. But as a general rule, your collar should be high enough to protrude about half an inch above the collar of a suit jacket. If you wear your shirt with a tie, the collar’s points should still be able to touch the shirt’s front with the tie fastened.
O is for Oxford - Oxford cloth, the coarsest shirting fabric, is actually quite soft and comfortable. The Oxford is considered a more casual fabric and its most natural form is the button-down collar.
P is for Placket - The Placket refers to the piece of fabric running down the centre of a shirt that holds the buttons and buttonholes. Plackets are almost always made of more than one layer of fabric, and often have interfacing in between the fabric layers to give support and strength to the placket fabric because the placket and the fasteners on it are often subjected to stress when the garment is worn
Q is for Q...?
R is for Ribbed Twill - Ribbed Twill has a diagonal structure that is similar to the material used in chinos. The lightly shimmering look of ribbed twill gives plain shirts an interesting accent.
S is for Sea Island Cotton - Sea Island Cotton is the most expensive cotton and has about 140 threads to the inch, giving it a softer, silkier feel. Stripes or checks in this material have a clearer definition and deeper and stronger colours.
T is for Two-Ply - Two-ply fabric means that two yarns have been intertwined into one before being woven. It does not mean that there are two pieces of fabric layered on top of each other. Two-ply fabric is stronger and smoother than single-ply.
U is for Undershirt - The Undershirt is the shirt that some men wear under their dress shirts and there's a lot of debate as to whether or not an undershirt should ever be worn. Whatever your stance is, make sure that your undershirt is not an outer-shirt and that it fits you correctly!
V is for Viyella - Viyella is a mixed weave that combines the warmth of wool and the comfort of cotton. Viyella is mainly used for the production of Tattersall check shirts.
You may not always want to wear a shirt, but sometimes certain occasions call for more formal attire and every guy in the room shows up in a shirt and tie, blending into the crowds of beautiful cocktail dresses. Here are a few ways you can spruce up your formal attire and not look like every other guy in the room (and maybe even outshine the ladies).
#1 Wear a suit (that fits)
No – we don’t mean show up in your wedding suit. There’s a difference between that and the pick-up-artist suit that Barney Stinson wears in every episode of How I Met Your Mother. Choose the latter if you’re going to suit up – even if you’re not there to pick up!
#2 Lose the tie
A tie these days doesn’t automatically spruce up your whole look. A fitted shirt does. If you’re going to go tie-less, make sure you shirt fits you like a glove. If your shirt is swimming around you, you end up looking like you put in no effort and chose to look sloppy.
#3 Go for a tie bar & textured tie
A textured tie takes the formality out of wearing one and a tie bar ensures your tie doesn’t fly back into your face! Having that little tie bar streamlines your whole look because it straightens your tie and makes your torso appear longer.
#4 Do up all the buttons & wear a bow tie
As geek is the new chic, looking like a college professor isn’t always a bad thing. This button-up shirt and bow tie look is extremely popular especially if you’re on the slimmer side of things.
#5 Wear a vest
Don’t write it off before you consider that it slims down your waist and makes your arms look bigger. Enough said.
2011 is almost over and what a year it's been!! But before it's completely over, we just wanted to share with you some of our favourite things and memorable moments from this special year.
Best Fashion Trend of 2011 - The Peter Pan Collar because there's rarely a trend that both women and men can share and still look glamorous and dapper.
Best Movie of 2011 - Midnight in Paris: Late era Woody Allen may be a bit of a hit and miss but Midnight is a definite hit that's drenched in old school charm with the true artists of the past two centuries coming to life just as you would have imagined them.
Best Photo App of 2011 - We know you're thinking Instagram, but we're going to go with Camera+ because the filters are just a little bit more amazing.
Best Dressed Personality on TV in 2011 - Don Draper does not ever have a flawed moment. He is just perfection.
Best Fashion Blogger of 2011 - We're going to go with a local talent Nicole Warne, the young woman behind Gary Pepper Vintage whose fashion blog wows us every time. She shows us that style is not about how expensive your pieces are, but how well you put them together.
Best Youtube Vid of 2011 -No, not Rebecca Black although number of views would certainly have suggested otherwise. Our fave this year is Shit Girls Say - guys either roll their eyes or roll on the floor laughing because of how much they think this resembles their girlfriends...and girls laugh because they know it's ever so slightly true.
Most Popular Shirt Associated With Celebrity in 2011 - Jake Gyllenhaal and his blue chambray shirt. We have gotten so many requests to copy Jake's shirt so here is our version if you're one of the many seeking for it desperately.
Cutest Girl of 2011 - We know the world is obsessed with Miranda Kerr, but for us it's the quirky red haired Emma Stone!
We often have female customers telling us they don't know what goes best with their Joe Button shirts. They don't just want to do the shirt + pants thing because they think it might make them look too masculine - but that's clearly a bit of a misconception judging from the photo below. Last year, Creative Director of Celine, Phoebe Philo introduced the "Five Perfect Pants" as something that every girl needs to have in her wardrobe and she couldn't have been more right.
From left to right:
1. The Pleated Tapered Leg - aka the new skinny pant silhouette
2. The Men's Straight Leg - aka boys style fit for girls
3. The High-Waisted Wide-Leg - aka signature Phoebe Philo
4. The Cropped Tube Leg - aka the modern-day Audrey Hepburn
5. The Tapered leg - aka the classic slim fit
Looking at the photograph, you'll notice that there is nothing boring about the shirt and pants look. When you're designing your own shirt - mix it up a little! Show a bit more neck by giving yourself a mandarin collar or design a round white collar instead of your usual point collar; get a different coloured placket or contrasting cuffs. It adds a bit more character without taking away any class from this classic combo.
Image via Celine
Should you put a pocket / pockets on a dress shirt? We always tell our customers - put pockets on your shirt if you want pockets - that's the beauty of custom! With that being said, we still wanted to visit the arguments for and against pockets on dress shirts.
Dress shirts with no pockets - Generally preferred by the corporate Wall Street types. A dress shirt without pockets is often considered to be more formal, not in the rigid sense, but it's less distracting to the eye and makes for a sleeker look. Proponents of the no pocket look will say that it really stuffs up the clean lines that they're striving for with a dress shirt especially when worn with a tie. Off-the-rack shirts with pockets can also be a problem because the pockets are usually one size fit all and can look out of proportion especially if you're buying a slim fit shirt. You can also tell if the shirt is poorly made if the pattern on the pockets is not aligned to the rest of the shirt.
Dress shirts with pockets - Pockets are functional - cigarettes, business cards, pens (as long as they're not leaking) - and in the last few years, they've also become ultra trendy. A really popular look this season is the double pockets on chambray with a small collar - see Leonardo DiCaprio's spread in GQ yesterday. Pockets also add a bit of personality to a shirt and if you're not going to a black tie event, which is most of the time for us, why would you need to look so formal all the time?
What are your thoughts on the pockets vs no pockets?Customise your Joe Button pockets here.
We often get asked why our shirts are more expensive than other shirts available online and we always give people the same answer: we’re not that keen on comparisons because it’s like comparing apples to oranges. We can only guarantee that our shirts are made from 100% European cotton and our tailors go through a very intensive process that includes several rounds of quality control to ensure that our shirts are produced to the highest standards. So how do you even differentiate between a good and bad quality shirt? Here’s a list of the basics that will get you running to your wardrobe checking to see if your shirts tick all the boxes:
Most women know how to dress for their body type – it was etched into our minds by those quintessential teen magazines that lined every girl’s bookshelf. Most men however, did not grow up reading Dolly or Cosmo so it’s no surprise when we see a man walking down the street wearing a fine dress shirt from the latest range of an expensive label, yet something just doesn’t look quite right. The reason? The collar of his shirt doesn't suit his features.
You may be one of the lucky ones who happen to be freakishly good looking and can pull off anything from a potato sack to a bed sheet, but there remain a fair few of us mere mortals who have to consider whether or not the latest fashion trends suit our body types and face shapes.
You’ll be happy to know that there’s a perfect collar style for everyone! Here’s a quick lesson on which collars will complement your features the best!
The point collar is a traditional collar and suits a man with a rounder or smaller face.
The cutaway collar is a widespread collar and most suited for those with a long / narrow face or a shorter neck.
The narrow collar is most suited to those with an oval or round face.
A spread collar is most suited to those with a more angular features on their face.
The button down collar is quite similar to the point collar. Avoid it if you have a square/angular face.
The small collar suits those with a smaller face and more delicate features. Avoid this collar if you have a larger face.
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