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Lets start with the good news…… We’ve got a huge range of shirts & blouses! There’s a huge range of styles. A huge range of colours & a huge range of fits. So if you want a browse of the range here you go…..

If you’d prefer to get right to it and see what your logo will look like on your shirt you can access our online design tool here……

It’s been a long time since we talked about the history of shirts & blouses so maybe it’s time we talked a bit more about what makes a great shirt

FIT:

TAILORED FIT: The tailored fit is cut more generously around the chest & waist than the slim fit, giving you more room to move. It’s still tapered but is a more relaxed option compared to the slim fit.

CLASSIC FIT: The classic fit has a generous cut across the shoulders, chest & waist with a loose fit & back pleats.

SLIM FIT: Slim fit shirts have a tapered cut through the waist & mid section to create a perfectly fitted shirt that is flattering on the body. The slim fit has darts along the back & the body which shape the shirt to define your waist.

Now we’ve decided on the type of fit you want, Lets look at the features; Fabric, Collars, Cuffs

FABRIC:

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POPLIN: Uses fine yarns and a simple over-and-under weave technique to create a durable fabric with a smooth, crisp texture. The structure of the weave means that the fabric also has very little sheen, making it ideal for professional settings.

OXFORD : A basket-weave construction of cotton or cotton blend with a textured finish that’s both durable and naturally wrinkle resistant. When one of the threads is kept undyed or plain, this weave can create a distinctive, lustrous look.

TWILL: A hard wearing weave with diagonal, parallel ridges. Twill fabrics typically have a level of shine to them depending on the weave tension, fabric colour and cotton type used. This is a softer fabric that drapes well, is easy to iron and resists creasing.

COLLARS:

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CLASSIC: The most traditional of the collar options, the classic collar suits all face shapes and sizes. You can recognise it by the cut of the collar, which keeps the ‘points’ close together. This collar looks best when combined with a simple four-in-hand tie knot.

BUTTON DOWN: Traditionally recognised as the ultimate casual shirt collar as it was originally designed for the Polo field. It’s identifiable by the two small buttons fastening the collar point in place. It offers a more casual look ideal for business casual and contemporary formal settings.

MANDARIN: The Mandarin collar is a short, unfolded stand-up collar that dates back to 200BC when it featured on traditional Chinese gowns. It’s a popular choice for hospitality and healthcare sectors as it allows more freedom to move than traditional collars.

CUFFS:

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TWO BUTTON ADJUSTABLE CUFF: This style has a second button to the side of the first that allows the wearer to fasten the cuff tighter around their wrist if needed. This is different to the usual two-button cuff that has a second button above the first.

ADJUSTABLE CUFF WITH CUFF LINK OPTION: This versatile cuff style can be fastened with either buttons or a cuff link, adapting the shirt to suit more formal occasions if required. It can also be adjusted to fit the wearer’s wrist.

DOUBLE CUFF: A link cuff where the cuff fabric is folded back to create two layers. The cuff holes are fastened with cuff links or silk knots rather than buttons. This cuff is associated with more formal wear, especially when combined with smart cuff links.

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