How to Choose a Bespoke Shirt
As you may have noticed, we love nothing more than creating beautiful bespoke suits for our clients. Once the suit is fitting perfectly, nothing can ruin the look more than a badly-fitting shirt. So what are your choices when it comes to a bespoke shirt and what should you keep in mind?
The perfect jacket sleeve should finish at the break in your wrist, as you stand with your hands at your side. The perfect shirt sleeve length will peep out from behind it, showing around half an inch. This gives the effect of framing the suit, creating a balanced, harmonious look. Too long and it looks sloppy, too short and it looks ill-fitted.
Cloth, Colour, Cut
Ah, the three Cs, where would we be without them?
The first aspect to think about when getting a bespoke shirt is the type of cloth you’d like. We would always recommend an Egyptian or Sea Island cotton. These gorgeous fabrics have an unbeatable combination of both comfort (due to the fine yarn) and hard-wearing practicality.
In terms of colour, the sky is the limit. From classic, crisp white to pink, to blue and everything in between. You can even choose to have a two-tone shirt for an eye-catching detail.
For the cut, we are strong believers in comfort. The shirt is the foundation of any bespoke suit. It should move with your body and not feel too tight or too loose. For ladies’ shirts, we are able to offer a secret button, underneath the placket (the panel that runs down the front of the shirt), which prevents any gaping around the bust.
The Finishing Touches
From collars to cuffs, there are a near-infinity of options available. Here are the top three ways to really make your shirt unique:
The cutaway collar is a classic choice, while the club collar is seeing a resurgence, thanks to its ubiquity in the hit BBC series ‘Peaky Blinders.’
For that extra special piece of delicate flair, you can have some personalised embroidery sewn into the cuff.
Choose a contrast lining under the collar and under the placket or cuffs; these small touches of colour look really chic and striking.
Find Out More About Our Bespoke Shirts
At King & Allen, we are always looking for new ways to break new ground, grow and bring the best possible service to our clients. A big part of that is making sure that we keep up-to-date on the very latest styles, trends and fabrics, as well as innovating ways to improve our service and our standards. That’s why we’re so excited to announce our new fabric range, made from recycled bottles!Style Tips & Advice King & Allen News Vegan
As you may know, King & Allen are strongly committed to innovation and producing suits that are not only beautifully-crafted but that also reflect our clients and their needs in a diverse, ever-changing world. We take our corporate social responsibility seriously and we are always looking for ways to contribute to a better, more sustainable world.King & Allen News Vegan
As you may know, King & Allen have been making suits for singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan for a few years now and we just love her sartorial flair! When she recently lost weight, her suits needed an update and she brought them along to Karl at our Wilmslow branch for some alterations.Style Tips & Advice Celebrity Style