with just 4 simple steps.
The question that you thought you wouldn’t have to face for a while finds itself creeping back in. If you procrastinate any further, you’ll soon find yourself stressing out over something seemingly simple – “what should I wear this time???”.
You’ve tried almost everything, and everywhere, and it’s always the same stack of clothes you’ll find off the rack every year – red pullovers, pink polo tees, maroon shirts (with a terrible cut, if we might add). What else can you wear this year to look different? A Changshan? No, let’s face it, you’re no Donnie Yen starring in IP Man. Moreover, it would be a waste of space, resources and cash to buy a new one every year only to wear it for one day.
The solution? Tailor your shirts! Studies show that most men prefer customised shirts to those they can get off the rack. Simply because of these 3 reasons – perfect fit, quality fabrics, personalised style.
1. Choosing the Right Fabric
It all boils down to your personality. Which colour do you resonate with? Which looks good on you? Are you up for prints, or do you prefer plain fabrics?
For darker skin tones, choose muted earthy colours:
For fairer tones, choose cooler colours:
For neutral skin tones, go for warm vibrant or cool pastel colours:
2. Adding the Right Trims
For starters, the fabrics you select for trims should be in the same hue, but one shade lighter or darker than your base fabric.
To add more dimension, try patterned fabrics. The secret here is to pick patterns with accents of your base fabric colour.
3. Recommended Collar styles for 2018
Its name says it all. Try as we may, we can never run away from this style. If you don’t already have a shirt in your wardrobe with a classic collar, or have never owned one before, please, do yourself and the rest of the world a favour and get one.
Here’s a tip: Choose a wide spread if your have an angular or rectangular face shape, and a narrow spread if your face shape is a little rounder.
Fresh, sleek, and a style perfect for our minimalist friends. Your modern fix for a Changshan. Button it up for a smart casual look, or throw it over a t-shirt for a dress down look.
Button Down Collar
Button down collars naturally have a softer roll, and can be paired stylishly with sports coats and chinos for a timeless smart casual look. Slip into your oxford, brogues, or even sneakers and you’ll be all set to impress your extended relatives with this well put together look this Lunar New Year.
4. Personalise Your Shirts
Did you know that apart from embroidering your initials in English, you could also do the same in Chinese? Get into the Lunar New Year spirit by adding this unique touch to your shirt.