The Checked Dress Shirt
For a pattern that stresses symmetry and order, the checked dress shirt is surprisingly laid-back in its impression.
Also known as gingham, this option features crisscrossing horizontal and vertical lines that share the same width, which creates the distinctive checkered pattern that has become ubiquitous. However, the broad range of colour combinations, stripe widths and pairings prevent this style of dress shirt from becoming worn out.
Checked shirts can generally be divided between small and large patterns, a distinction that dictates how and where the shirt should be worn. As with stripes, checks of a tighter pattern present a more conventional look that can work in business life. But, unlike stripes, checks are always associated with casualness to some degree, so they may not be appropriate for your office no matter how subtle the pattern. You can dress up your gingham shirt with a solid-colour tie or suit, though this would still leave you dangerously underdressed for a formal outing.
Gingham’s light weight and basic maintenance requirements have made it a favourite of young men. When the occasion calls for something between the indifference of a T-shirt and the stuffiness of a tie, a checked dress shirt presents a nice balance. Still, since the importance of fit is directly proportional to the boldness of pattern, custom is especially helpful with gingham. If the shirt doesn’t fit, there’s no hiding it.
Looking for a more personal touch? Our style advisors can meet you at your office to display fabric samples, take body measurements and guide you through the customization process. Or you can visit us for the same great experience.
The beauty of custom is the ability to impose your personal style on any aspect of design. Using our intuitive design interface, which features 3D-rendered shirts and changes shown in real-time, you can choose to customize every last detail or simply the ones that matter to you.
Without the assurance of a perfect fit, there’s no trust. We guarantee your shirt to fit the way you intended. If it doesn't, we’ll fix it, then we’ll save your updated measurements in our system for seamless future orders.