Helpful Advice / Suggestions
In a world in which image has become enormously
important, how one dresses is a reflection of consequence and a
relevant aspect of our lives.
Our ever increasing attention to attire is best handled with a certain
class born of simplicity and originality, without excess and absurd
effort, which to the contrary, can lead to kitsch.
Our advice therefore is take as a point of reference classic attire,
on which are based the best choices. The achievement of elegance
and refinement of style lies in the ability to merge subtle details
and not in the eccentric which, while original, is not beautiful.
To dress with taste, first of all it is necessary to know oneself
well; to know which colors, tones, nuances and also which models
best suit us. Analyzing well our physical strengths and weaknesses
we are able to highlight the former and hide the latter.
The Right Measurements
Let's examine in detail the proportions of the characteristic elements
of the shirt:
Considered the protagonist, the collar represents our personality
and style. When we wear a shirt underneath a jacket the collar is
the only part which remains visible and therefore characteristic.
The buttoned collar must have a circumference which permits the
head to rotate comfortably. This can be calculated placing a finger
between one's neck and the collar of the shirt.
The collar's height, according to classic rules, must extend beyond
the collar of the jacket approximately a centimeter (0.6 in.) to
avoid having the knotted tie protrude too much at the nape of the
These must be of a length that permits them to extend beyond the
cuffs of the jacket by approximately one centimeter (0.4 in.), also
with the arm bent. The cuff therefore must also cover the joint
of the wrist, stopping at the base of the thumb.
Cuffs may be of various types; The first level of classification
is between those which are buttoned and those which are closed with
cufflinks. Normal cuffs are usually about 5 cm (2 in.) high and
differentiate themselves by the shape of the angles, at times square,
at times rounded or beveled.
They may be closed with one button or with two sewn horizontally.
Cuffs made for cufflinks are generally longer than those with buttons;
typically about 12 cm (4.7 in.) to allow them to achieve about 6
cm (2.4 in.) when bent and linked. Less formal, it is instead the
normal cuff that prevails over the cufflink closure.
Cuffs, whichever type they are, must be fitted but not too tight
on the wrist.
Appearing on shirts only in the early 1900s, it seems that its arrival
derives from the virtual disappearance of the vest, which previously
carried the pocket. The pocket can be square or rectangular, with
the lower corners straight or rounded; otherwise it can be open
or closed with a flap, the button showing or not. Usually the pocket
is found on the left side of the shirt, but there also exist shirts
with two pockets, for example those of military uniforms.
Embroidered initials on a shirt are an undoubtedly distinctive detail
for he who wears them. Labeling of shirts with one's own initials
derives from the ancient necessity to distinguish one's property.