A man can never have enough well cut suits, and the same is true of shirts. The perfect shirt can be the most versatile staple in a man's wardrobe, with the potential to transform a look from casual to formal and vice versa if styled correctly.
To buy the perfect shirt for the man in your life, first of all you'll need his neck and chest measurements. Take a peek at the size of one of his existing shirts, or simply ask him outright to make sure you buy exactly the right size.
The next step is to think about when he usually wears shirts. If he's more of a casual t-shirt man, you may want to kick off his formal collection with a classic long-sleeved shirt in neutral black or white - we wouldn’t want his introduction to the world of shirts to include any mention of the word "Hawaiian"!
At the other end of the scale, perhaps he wears shirts every day for work? In that case, you might want to mix things up a little by introducing a different texture. Look for a comfortable shirt suitable for wearing at the weekends, so it doesn't feel as if he’s dressing for work - numerous 2013 spring/summer collections including Brioni and Tommy Hilfiger featured denim, chambray, silk and jersey as opposed to the traditional cotton.
If your man has stylish leanings and isn't afraid to experiment with his clothing, there are a few details you should look out for that are set to be huge trends this year. Short-sleeved rolled cuffs popped up on the Calvin Klein and Lanvin catwalks, whilst collars, cuffs and trims of contrasting colours or textures were a big feature within the Diesel and Dries Van Noten collections. Printed shirts are also due to be a popular choice come the summer season, so look out for polka dots and stripes!
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