A crisp, clean, well-pressed button-up is the epitome of sophistication and style when it comes to men’s fashion; however, they can get a little intimidating if you’re not sure how to choose the right fit, especially when there’s so much to consider to get it right. Guys, here are 5 tips to consider when shopping for your next button-up:

Know Your Measurements

The best thing you can do for yourself is get measured! Arm length and neck size actually play a role in your dress shirt sizing. You want to make sure it fits tightly around your neck (without suffocating you), and your arms shouldn’t be swimming in fabric.

Know How it Fits

Speaking of swimming in fabric, another key mistake men make when choosing their next dress shirt, is choosing one that’s even one size too big. A ballooning dress shirt just isn’t a good look! Even if you’re not comfortable with your body, choosing a fit that more closely represents YOU will make you look dappy, instead of sloppy.

The Universal Collar Rule

If you can fit more than one finger in-between your collar and your neck, it’s too big! One finger is the golden rule.

Colour + Patterns

Don’t be afraid of colour, but understand how colour and seasons work hand in hand. Keep bold, rich patterns in the fall and winter months, and opt for lighter, pastel-like hues in the spring and summer.

Follow Instructions

Before you put your dressier shirts through the cycle, make SURE you follow its washing instructions! And it doesn’t stop there, you’re going to want to learn whether you air or tumble dry, iron or leave hanging. This will save time AND money (since you won’t have to go out and buy a replacement after you ruin the first one. It. happens to be the best of us.)

Okay we admit it, ironing can be pretty daunting on top of everything else (especially if you’re in a rush.) Well, we’re going to make it THAT much easier for you! Express has a fancy “Express Tech non-iron fabric” that makes caring for your button-ups THAT much easier, and time efficient! Plus, their variety of patterns will carry you through any occasion feeling like a total boss.

What to take from this?

– Get measured!

– Find a size that actually fits your frame, not one that could fit in an extra “you”.

– As seasons change, your shirts’ colour palette should too.

– Each shirt is different, so get to know its instructions when it comes to washing, drying, and ironing.

We gotta say, there’s nothing more dapper than a well-fit button-up, and contrary to popular belief, buying the right one doesn’t have to put a dent in your bank account. Use your SPC Card at Express, and get 10% off regular and sale prices! Once you understand the principles of the shirt, a crisp, clean button-up will be a top hit in your wardrobe.

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