Buying clothes for men is harder than it looks. You can’t just throw in a couple of staple white shirts and call it a day. The task goes beyond just that. Most men strictly follow the old adage of quality over quantity. Fashion experts stand by this statement as investing in high-quality branded apparel for men will save you money and hassle in the long run.
But if you’re stumped on how to tell a high-quality shirt from an average one, you’re going to have to dig a little deeper than the price tag. How true is the assumption that the higher the price, the better the quality? There are a few other factors to determine the quality of a premium shirt.
The cloth used in the construction of the shirt is the first factor to look out for. Not all cotton shirts are the same quality. There are different grades of cotton, which decide the price of a shirt. Egyptian cotton and prima cotton are considered premium quality as they have longer fibers, are sifter, finer due to the higher thread count. Branded formal shirts made from Egyptian cotton will last you longer, retaining their appearance after countless wears.
White garments should have some give; they shouldn’t lose shape after a few washes. A high-quality shirt will retain its shape, allowing you to look good no matter how many times you wear it. Category Men’s shirts offer an 8-way stretch and maintain their shape even when worn from day to night. A low quality shirt will shrink or twist, losing its original shape quicker than expected.
Comfort is the trademark of a high-quality shirt because it means the fabric and stitching used are up to par. Most low quality shirts will appear itchy and fail to provide the same comfort of luxurious fabric. The shirt must feel good on the skin. If it doesn’t, it will fail to provide you a seamless experience.
High-quality shirts will have invisible stitching. This means that there won’t be any loose threads. You can test this out by flipping the shirt inside out. A high-quality shirt will show equal stitching on both sides with no loose ends. High-quality shirts will have tighter seams and sharper lines.
Branded apparel will most often have a great fit that shows off your silhouette. They will have a well-fitted shoulder that does not crease or hamper movement. However, in order to enjoy this fit, you need to find the right size for your body shape and size.
A shirt will fail to make an impression without a crisp, high-quality collar. Stand up collars offer a high neck finish, completing the look of the outfit, just like the cherry on top. A good quality collar will not wilt after a few wears and continue to retain its shape.
Category Men offers branded formal shirts for men that exude all the attributes of a high-quality shirt mentioned above. With luxurious fabric, a modern fit, a stand-up collar and side seam stitching, these shirts offer men the Sprezzatura they need to step out with confidence.