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The Essential White Dress Shirt | Oxford, Pinpoint, Poplin Fabrics

The white dress shirt is the most versatile shirt that everybody needs. It's the perfect blank canvas from which to build from. Aaron Marion of alpha m. discusses the fabric of a white dress shirt. Look for 100% cotton shirt- wears well, breathable, and feels great on your skin.

The three most common weaves

  1. Oxford: looser weave, textured, casual
  2. Pinpoint: happy medium between oxford and poplin
  3. Poplin: tightest, softest, finest feel, wrinkles.

 

The weight of the fabric is described in grams. The lower the grams, the thinner the fabric. The thread count is also a factor. The higher the thread count, the silker / softer the fabric. Think of your dress shirt fabric like sheets: 100% cotton and consider thread count (higher the smoother but not too light-weight).

Modern Tailor Has A Ton Of Dress Shirt Fabrics For You To Choose From


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Summer Essential | Casual Button Ups -
March 1, 2013
A long time ago, Alpha learned that one cannot exist on v-neck tee shirts alone. Although he has tried, you need other options. Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses the casual, fitted, button-up, short sleeve shirt. In regard to casual button-up shirts, pay attention to the length, which should land in zone 2 or 3. You can wear it out or tucked in. You need one in black and one in white. You can addRead More»
Shop Around for a Tailor and Dry Cleaner | Save Money on Alterations -
February 4, 2013
Alterations store and the dry cleaners behind Alpha are two separate businesses. Why is he pointing this out?  Aaron Marino of alpha m. says you can save money and negotiate with alterations and dry cleaners. If you need a precise alteration, take your piece (such as a sport coat) to an alteration store rather than a dry cleaner. However, you take your pants to be hemmed at the dry cleaner to savRead More»
Sweet Dress Shirt Find at Costco | Bargain and Budget Shopping -
January 30, 2013
So, Alpha's outside of Costco. Probably the last place you'd think he'd make a video about a nice style find, right? Aaron Marino of alpha m. describes this sweet discovery. Costco's Kirkland brand has a dress shirt which  the fabric is nice, doesn't need to be ironed, and is slim fit. The price is around $18, and he show pictures of the shirts. Sweeter Dress Shirt Find At MODERN TAILOR Read More»
Custom Dress Shirt Fit | Alpha Nailed Modern Tailor -
January 3, 2013
MODERN TAILOR Would you look at that! By George, I think I finally nailed it! Aaron Marino of alpha m. is talking about his dress shirt fit when he orders custom clothing. He recently purchased three dress shirts from Modern Tailor (blue oxford, white oxford, and brown / white check). He feels that he has finally nailed the fit. He models and describes the fit. If you try it and don't' get it righRead More»

Shirt Colors That Look Great on Everyone | White, Light Blue, Black Shirts -
January 2, 2013
Alpha is about to blow your style mind! Aaron Marino of alpha m. presents three shirt colors that work perfectly on everyone, including you. White shirts, light blue shirts, and black shirts work on each and every man. You will look sassy, GQ, and James Bond! If you have been toying around, do it. Keep in mind that the whiter the shirt, the more yellow your teeth will look. Make sure your teeth arRead More»
Good Plastic Hangers at Great Prices | Hanging Clothes -
December 7, 2012
What is this? A wire hanger!? Wire hangers destroy the form and structure of your shirts. Plastic and wood are better options. Aaron Marino of alpha m. hangs everything and can't afford the outrageous prices on wooden hangers. However, he found a plastic hanger at WalMart for 10 for $3.95 that he is in love with. The hanger has a nice shape and rubber to prevent slippage. These aren't your *everydRead More»
Shirt Cuffs -
December 4, 2012
Shirts, whether casual, business, or formal, are an essential piece of every man's outfit, which reflect his individual style and sense of fashion. The clothing industry has made great strides over the years, offering today's men countless shirt options beyond just color and fabric that meet our personal needs and express our personal taste. Long sleeve shirts offer an additional option short sleeRead More»
Dress Shirt Fabrics -
November 29, 2012
Chances are if you're like most guys, you purchase dress shirts based on color, pattern, and style, which probably works out most of the time. However, if you would like to up the ante, factor fabric into your choice, as well, for the ultimate shirt buying experience. I realize doing so can add more confusion to an already challenging venture, but understanding the various fabrics, and what they oRead More»
Launder and Press Your Shirts at the Dry Cleaner -
November 21, 2012
How long does it take you to iron a simple, button-down cotton shirt? Aaron Marino of alpha m. says it takes him 15 minutes for an average shirt. So, how much is your time worth? The reason he asks because there's another option to dry cleaning. Get your shirts laundered and pressed at the dry cleaner. The cost for getting a shirt laundered and pressed is $1.25 per shirt. With 10 shirts, you couldRead More»

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