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Shirts have always been an important part of a man’s image and when chosen badly ruin the look of even the finest suit! Too often these days’ men are swayed by the pile it high and sell it cheap offers that are readily available and fail to realize that it is better to have a few good shirts that fit them really well rather than a dozen shirts that do not.

Go back to basics and touch fabrics to compare weight and feel of the cloth, shirts are the closest thing to your skin and need to feel great as well as providing the foundation for a balanced look. I have always preferred Egyptian cotton as it feels amazing on the skin and has such a lovely handle when touched.Weight and fabric quality are the most overlooked areas in shirt selection and they are as crucial to get right as colour and pattern.

Once you have selected the cloth and fabric colour you should start to consider how you would like it to fit you, it is pointless buying a shirt that fits you badly as it will destroy your overall look. It is important to pay attention to the key areas to ensure you end up with a good fit, how does the shirt fit across the shoulders for instance? Is there a large overhang on each side? If there is then it is not the shirt for you as the arms will probably be too long also. Next look at the chest is it too full? If it is then you are losing a key area of fit as a man’s shirt should show off his chest shape and not drown it in a sea of overflowing cloth.

Decide on how you wish to wear the shirt, inside or outside your trousers, both have an important influence of finished length of shirt and ultimately in the lower cutting style. The design and fit of the shirt collar will be considered at this stage as the collar for a formal shirt differs greatly in both size and style from those worn more casually.It is also hugely important to consider what you will be wearing the shirt with as most men mistakenly buy their shirts independently and not at the time of buying new suit or jacket, this is a grave error of judgment that usually leads to a bad impulse buy later on or worse still a sympathy buy from a frustrated wife of partner.

Get it right and a shirt will add style and impact to your outfit, you don’t have to buy a vulgar pattern or colour to get noticed as I receive more compliments in a sharp fitting white shirt than when wearing any of my fancy ones. A good shirt can make most suits look better than they actually are and add confidence in your overall appearance.

Jamie Henfrey founded Marc Oliver in 2008. With an extensive background in men’s tailoring and design, he’s had the opportunity to distinguish himself by serving many of England’s leading figures from the word of sport and finance. As head designer for Marc Oliver tailoring he has been the driving force behind the brand that has attracted many of today’s leading entrepreneurs and company directors to the label, as they appreciate his fresh approach to tailoring.  He also enjoys working as a stylist, branding and retail strategy consultant to some of the UK’s very best designer brands.

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At last the summer months are here and with them come the invitations to this year’s fashionable parties and must attend events. The social calendar has well and truly woken from its post Christmas excesses offering a non stop ride for the fun loving man about town. Of course this brings with it a few problems that can worry even the most confident and assured man “what should he wear”? Men are differently programmed in the way that they shop and usually make impulse pressure purchases which can take a lot of pleasure out of the whole experience.

It always amazes me that men often only start to think about their attire when they catch sight of an invitation on their doormat or are only a few weeks away from an important event. Then over the next few days they start to look thru their wardrobe hoping to find a solution , surely they should be able to squeeze one more event out of an old favorite only to remember it’s short comings last time out.

This dilemma can be avoided with a little effort as planning what to wear can be great fun whilst adding to the anticipation of the event. Don’t wait any longer go to your wardrobe now and check if your outfits are as ready to wear as you think they are. You will probably find that your wardrobe needs freshening up a bit to give a little boost to your summer look and this can be done fairly easily with a few clever purchases.

Start with your shirts as a good shirt can make a bad outfit look much stronger as it is always what people notice first. Do your shirts actually go with what you intended to wear with them or did you just buy them because they looked good in the shop?

When buying a shirt it is always a good idea to have what you intend to wear with it close at hand so you can see how it looks together. Choose your colours and fabrics carefully as they are an important part of getting your personal look right. Avoid buying cheap fashion gimmicks or garish colours as they age very quickly and can be worn only a few times before becoming well known by your friends and peers. Choose shirts that will work with more than one outfit and don’t be afraid to ask the shop if you can try them on to check that the cut works for you.

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A man can never have enough Jackets, they are a god save for anyone who wants to jump out of a suit and still look smart. This year well tailored jackets are being used to create strong summer looks and lighter colours are leading the way. Simple detailing is being used to create personal looks that will receive admiring glances where ever the wearer goes. One and two button styles are leading the look very much this year and both can be very versatile when chosen carefully. I always sink inside when I see a man destroying a good jacket by wearing a pair of jeans with a poorly chosen shirt and tie combination, it’s so lazy. Jackets can be worn with jeans but you should never combine the look by wearing a tie as it often looks ridiculous. Choose a couple of trousers when buying a jacket as you can change your look from formal to casual quite easily if you plan ahead. This season a well cut Jacket is worth its weight in gold, it can be dressed up or down with ease and is a garment of choice at the moment.

The more formal summer events like Ascot or Henley have a strict dress code as do many others but a man is given a lot of freedom to choose how he would like to express his own personal style. A well tailored suit is the preferred attire for this arena, choose the fabric and cut carefully as they can make all the difference to your overall look. As I have mentioned already the shirt is a key ingredient in defining your look and should be chosen at the same time as a waistcoat and tie. Waistcoats are being worn to a greater degree these days and are the perfect way to add colour to and define your overall look. Keep any patterns small and choose colours that complement each other and resist the temptation of buying the loud waistcoat on the top shelf in the shop, better to leave it there.

Following these simple tips will have you feeling and looking great wherever you go this summer, enjoy the ride!

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Jamie Henfrey founded Marc Oliver in 2008. With an extensive background in men’s tailoring and design, he’s had the opportunity to distinguish himself by serving many of England’s leading figures from the word of sport and finance. As head designer for Marc Oliver tailoring he has been the driving force behind the brand that has attracted many of today’s leading entrepreneurs and company directors to the label, as they appreciate his fresh approach to tailoring.  He also enjoys working as a stylist, branding and retail strategy consultant to some of the UK’s very best designer brands.

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