First time poster here, little bit of advice needed!
I'm quite new to wearing formal wear and have recently updated my wardrobe considerably due to a new job where I have to be suited and booted every day. Bought myself a couple of suits, shirts, ties as well as two pairs of smart shoes. The dress code where I work is very formal and many of the other guys are very sharply dressed – personally I'm loving the style and appreciate being able to dress well, particularly considering the scruffiness of my last office – which was unprofessional and a bit depressing, to be honest.
The look sported by some of the other younger guys here is the very clean cut, sharp suited look. Eg, David Beckham, lighting the Olympic torch: http://alist-fashion.com/2012/05/20/david-beckham-contrast-collar-tie-pin-olympic-sharp/
I'm trying to go for this look too, and I have bought myself a load of dress shirts from TM Lewin. Slim fit, with semi-stiff cutaway collars . I have always believed myself to have a 16in neck size, but when I went in to the store the assistant measured me and said that if I wanted to look smart I should really wear a 15.5in.
Indeed, when I did try a 16 inch shirt, the rest of it was baggy and there was a gap between the collar and neck that looked sloppy, so I took the assistant's advice and went for 15.5 – which fits perfectly and looks much smarter when worn with a tie. He noted it was a bit snugger round the neck that what I had been used to but that I'd get used to it and that 15.5 rather than 16 was definitely a proper fit.
However when I've got my tie done up properly and the top button fastened, it's not that comfortable. I usually last until about lunchtime until I undo my top button and loosen my tie to get some relief – but this looks sloppy and unprofessional!
I thought about going back to 16in but it just doesn't look as good with the baggy shirtfront and gap between the collar and the neck. Not wearing a tie is not an option, everyone else does. The other guys in the office with this look manage a snug collar and tie all day long – is there a knack to this that I'm not getting or is it just a question of manning up and accepting that if you want to be sharp and well turned out a bit of comfort needs to be sacrificed?
For info, I'm not that used to formal clothing and wearing suits every day - I've never had to for any job before and went to a casually dressed school. So perhaps it's just something to get used to?