Your big day is coming up and you need to look your best. She's the woman of your dreams. Or she's pregnant. I suppose both is possible too. Regardless, unless you're a celebrity, you'll never have as many photos taken of you as you will on your wedding day.
You might want to look your best. Maybe.
While it's quite common (and acceptable) to rent a tuxedo for this special day, you might want to consider purchasing a high quality dress shirt that is custom fit to your dimensions. Unfortunately, the shirts that are typically rented with the tuxedo tend to have pretty worn out collars that will look sloppy around your neck line. So, even if you plan to keep your jacket on for the entire event, you can benefit from a perfect dress shirt.
Even more so, if you're the type that likes to take your jacket off, loosen up your tie, and get wild on the dance floor, you'll appreciate the perfect fit a tailored dress shirt can provide.
So, the question we get asked frequently is which white dress shirt should you get for your wedding? Here's our style advice - remember, it's just advice. Consider this your safe bet.
We usually recommend the English spread collar. It goes great with both a bow-tie or a long tie. This is our safest bet. We also recommend the straight point collar which is a little narrower of a spread.
This is up to you, they all work fine. One note though, if you're marrying up, and her dad is paying big for a very, very fancy formal wedding, you probably want to get a french cuff dress shirt. Otherwise, stick with whichever you're most comfortable with.
Don't get a pocket for your wedding dress shirt. It makes the shirt less formal.
You probably already know that your wedding dress shirt should be white - at least if you're having a traditional wedding. You'll soon discover that Proper Cloth has over 10 white fabrics to choose from. So how do you know which one to get? Luckily, they all work. If you're on a tight budget, we usually recommend the white pinpoint, which is a friggin deal for $89 (at the time of writing it is $89). This is a quality fabric that will perform great, and most of the dress shirts we do for weddings are made from this pinpoint-oxford fabric. If you want to treat yourself to something a little fancier, I strongly recommend the white twill dress shirt or the white sateen finish pique. With a higher thread count, and a little more visual texture, these will feel silkier and look brighter.
If you want to have fun with your dress shirt, you surely can add a contrasting accent fabric to the inside of the collar or cuffs. It will not show at all when you are button-up'd and gives you just a touch of flair when you loosen up. Make them a gift for your groomsmen and match your whole team to the bridesmaids for best results.
PS: Awesome wedding photo's are from the wedding of Jesse Johnson, professional rocker from Motion City Soundtrack, as photographed by Channing Johnson Photography.
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