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choice of cloth for more formal dress shirts

hangthree

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Curious to get opinions on what are considered the most formal types of shirting: pinpoint, broadcloth, end-on-end, twill, etc.

Thinking about getting some solid white and light blue dress shirts made up.


Suggestions?
 

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You mean for a business shirt? Broadcloth.
 

Film Noir Buff

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Originally Posted by hangthree
Curious to get opinions on what are considered the most formal types of shirting: pinpoint, broadcloth, end-on-end, twill, etc. Thinking about getting some solid white and light blue dress shirts made up. Suggestions?
Formal for what for whom and for where?
 

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Originally Posted by hangthree
Formal for daytime business wear. Not formal in the sense of black tie.
I dont know that these categories exist anymore, there seems to be a blur between broadcloth, twill, pinpoint oxford etc.. mostly because they come in different qualities now. You have 170s 2x2 twill or royal oxford which can look a lot more formal than 100s 2x2 broadcloth. I dont know where you work/live but in America the critical eye that cared about these things no longer exists and shirt taboos have been broken down to the point where wearing white on white jacquard shirts (or pink on pink for that matter) is considered completely appropriate where an older generation wouldve considered it very cheesy. Add to this the fact that most Americans seem to react to pattern and color more than actual fabric or finishes. Any sort of striation of cotton materials is simply an exercise in academic (if not OCD) orderliness with the differences existing only in a lab setting.
 

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