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How To Create Your Ideal Custom Shirt In 4 Easy Steps

There is nothing more satisfying than finding the exact shirt you’ve been looking for. But how often does that really happen? Through Paul Fredrick’s Custom Made Dress Shirt program you can indeed design exactly the shirt you want - it’s like going to the tailor, except without paying thousands! The process only takes a few minutes; it’s just four steps to personalize your dress shirt, so you can do it anywhere, anytime. Why not get started right now?

Here's what to expect when you're designing your dress shirt:

Step One: Pick Your Measurements

First, select your collar size – we offer sizes 14 through 22, and your sleeve length – lengths 28 through 40 inches or short sleeves. This is great news for men who have hard-to-find measurements since you can choose any combination and even pick from extended sizing. Next, choose your fit: Regular Fit, cut generously to offer maximum comfort and ensure an always perfect tuck; Slim Fit, which in comparison tapers about 4" narrower in the chest to about 6" narrower at the waist to accommodate a slimmer build; or Extra Slim Fit, which compared to Regular is 7″ narrower in the chest and 8″ narrower at the waist and features a 1 3/8″ shorter body for that trendy European look. Also select your body length – regular, for men with average or long torsos, or short, for men with shorter torsos. Need help figuring out which options to choose? Check out our quick guides, including a video showing how to measure for your dress shirt.

Step Two: Choose Your Fabric

We offer a number of different types of fabric for you to choose from in designing your very own custom dress shirt, so you can pick whatever cotton works best for you. They range from everyday fabrics like Broadcloth (aka Poplin) or all-American Pinpoint Oxford to the most luxury, Egyptian Cotton. We’ve also just added our very popular non-iron fabrics to the mix. Refine by price if you so desire. Our virtual preview on the right-hand side of the page lets you zoom in on the shirt and view both the front and the back.

Step Three: Pick Your Style

Part I: Collar

Now that you’ve chosen your fabric and measurements, it's time to pick your collar. We offer 14 different variations, including the often hard-to-find band collar, eyelet collar, and cutaway spread collar. Do you want a contrasting white collar? We can do that. Finish your collar by choosing between European-style edge stitching or traditional ¼ inch top stitching.

Part II: Cuff

Next, it's time to cuff your custom shirt. There are five different cuff styles to choose from, not including short sleeves, which is also an option. Here, like the collar, any of these options (except for short sleeves) can be made into contrasting cuffs.

Part III: Pocket

Stick to tradition and opt for a single left pocket, make it more casual and go with doubles, or clean it up entirely and scrap the pocket altogether.

Part IV: Pleat

Dress shirts often have one or more pleats to allow ease of movement. Select either a box pleat, which is in the center back of the shirt and is most commonly seen with the casual button down, or side pleats, which are placed near the shoulders and are a little more formal. Box pleats are preferred by men with sloping shoulders; men with wider shoulders should choose side pleats for optimal comfort. You can view your selection on the virtual preview of your shirt.

Part V: Placket

The placket is the strip of fabric which holds the buttons on the front of your shirt and can give you a place to play a bit when you're not tied up. We offer three choices for your custom dress shirt placket: traditional, double turnback, or covered placket. Sometimes called a top center placket, a traditional placket uses a separate piece of fabric to give it additional durability; because it is the plainest, the traditional placket should be worn with a tie. To make a double turnback placket, the fabric on the left front panel of the shirt is folded over to create the placket, which adds stability and durability; most prefer not to wear a tie with this style of placket. A covered placket, also commonly known as fly front, is distinguished by a strip of fabric covering the row of buttons on the front of the shirt; this is the most casual of the three styles, and no tie is best here.

Part VI: Monogram or Not

Many men feel that monogramming their dress shirt is an extra special personalized touch. Select whether or not you are interested in monogramming your custom dress shirt, then choose your desired monogram style, color, and location (cuffs or front pocket). Check out exactly what it looks like in the preview box in that section, so you can make sure your monogram appears exactly as you’d like.

Step Four: Order

Congratulations! You’ve just created your very own, designed by you custom dress shirt at Paul Fredrick. Look over your selections and make sure you're happy with all of your choices. You can click “edit” to go back and select a different option. The virtual preview shows what your finished dress shirt will look like. Add it to your shopping bag, check out, and you’re done! In approximately 4-5 weeks, you’ll receive your custom dress shirt.

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