Jackets Required TV Presents: Episode 2 – What Makes a Good Custom Shirt

Welcome to Jacket’s Required, I’m Dominic Lacquaniti

This week I’m going to share with you exactly what makes a good custom shirt and why every man should have these in their wardrobe.

First understand that “ready-made” shirts like you get at the department stores aren’t really “made” for anyone because they are made to fit EVERYone, which ultimately means they fit NO One perfectly.

Your shirt frames your face,
It enhances your jacket,
It can be the centerpiece of your entire suit,
Or it can stand on it’s own.
You need to be sure your shirt can do all of this successfully and the key is in the details.

The biggest difference in a custom shirt is the fit. A quality fit can only be achieved with a custom shirt.

Custom shirts are comfortable – no billowing out or pulling across the stomach, not too tight around the neck or arms.

You should be able to fit two fingers in the collar when your shirt is buttoned.

The cuffs should be tight enough that you must unbutton them to remove the shirt.

Sleeves should be long enough that your cuffs don’t ride up when you raise your arms,
Yet short enough that there is no more than 1 inch of fabric near the cuff when your arms hang.

Shoulder points are meant to end on the shoulder, not extend out further.

And there should be room in the chest and waist to pinch out 1 to 3 inches of fabric depending upon the fit.

Fabrics, patterns, colors, buttons, cuff style and collars are all other elements to consider when creating your custom shirt.

Your shirt will speak for you when words fail, be sure it’s saying what you want others to hear.

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Share with your stylish, and style-challenged friends, and be sure to let me know if you have a specific question or topic you’d like to see in the series.

Thanks for watching. See you next week.

About Dominic Laquaniti

People have always asked Dominic why he was so passionate about tailoring, styles and fabrics. For Dominic the art of tailoring runs through his blood. Growing up he was surrounded by pins and sheers and cloth, it’s all he has ever known. It’s always been a part of his family, his life. His attention to detail. His precision. The craftsmanship is something that came naturally for Dominic.


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