How to Buy the Perfect White Shirt

The men's wardrobe staple has more nuances than it would appear
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2009 12:47 PM CDT
Fashion designer Tom Ford arrives at the premiere of "Valentino: The Last Emperor" in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Like the little black dress for women, the white shirt is the cornerstone of a man’s wardrobe—and small differences between shirts can make a big statement when it comes to your appearance. GQ offers tips on how to select the perfect staple:

  • Fit your body type: The shirt should neither balloon nor be too tight. Box pleats are a stylish way to gain a little more room.

  • Find the right color: But it’s white, right? Not so: Some companies have more than 400 white fabrics. Material is another important factor—Egyptian and Sea Isle cottons are the nicest.
  • Get the collar right: “A medium collar is modern. Too big and you look like a dandy. Too small and you look like you shopped in the boys’ department,” one designer says.
  • Keep it white: Sweat stains can ruin your prize white shirt, so utilize stain remover, wash in hot water, air dry, and iron—but don’t starch, it eats away at fabric.
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