Men's Jeans Buying Guide

Popularised during the American Gold Rush for its superb durability and hard-wearing properties, denim is a wardrobe staple that can last for years. If you look after your denim correctly and find the most comfortable jeans for your style and build, you'll find it spends more time on you than hanging in the wardrobe. In this guide, we'll run through the best tips for how to buy jeans, how to clean jeans and most importantly, how to measure for jeans.

MADE TO MEASURE
Men’s jeans size conversion chart

When it comes to denim there are two main measurements you need to know. The first measurement is your waist size. Wrap a tape measure around your waist above your hips, below the navel, and read off the size. If you're not sure exactly where this point is, just measure the area where your jeans would normally sit. If you like a little extra breathing space, pop your finger in between your waist and the tape.


Next, measure your inside leg. This area runs from where the two legs join down to the ankle in a straight line. If you like to show off a bit of ankle, opt for a shorter measurement but bear in mind that for a classic look your jeans should reach the top of your shoes. It can be easier to take this measurement with your footwear on. Once you've got these two simple measurements, check out this chart to establish what size you need to go for.


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EXPLORE DIFFERENT JEAN STYLES

If you're wondering what jeans suit you best, take a peek at an old pair that you loved. It should say what kind of fit they are on the label, so use this as a benchmark. There are three main jean styles, so it's up to you to choose what's comfortable.

Male model in straight leg jeans

Straight leg: also known as regular fit or loose fit, this is the most traditional cut of jean and suit men with an athletic build best. They are cut straight from the hips through the legs. So, if you're lucky enough to have a V-shaped torso, this type of jean fit will complete your timeless look. This style is perfect for more relaxed outfits, and looks great when paired with a baggy jumper or loose fitting shirt.


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male model in slim fit jeans

Slim fit: also known as tailored fit, this is a more contemporary take on the traditional jean shape. The leg opening is smaller than a regular fit and the material tapers in so it is less baggy around the ankle. If your shoulders are a similar width to your waist, this fit will help accentuate your build and keep you looking trim. Generally, these jeans will have a lower rise and will sit slightly lower on the waist, perfect for making your torso look longer than it is.


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Male model in skinny fit jeans

Skinny fit: also known as spray-on or super-slim fit, this is the tightest jean style you can find. They hug the legs around the thighs and taper in close to the ankles for a super stylish and modern feel. This jean fit is often made with a stretch material to keep them comfortable as you move around – just make sure you have enough space to pull them over your shoes or boots.


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FIND YOUR FAVOURITE WASH

The final decision to make is the wash of your new denim. The wash refers to the colour of the dye. There are plenty of options to choose from but the three main wash options are dark, mid and light.

Mid wash jeans

Mid wash jeans are the most traditional style that pair well with most outfit combinations. The indigo dye will fade in the areas of most stress, such as the back of the knee, hips and seat of the trouser.


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Dark wash jeans

Dark wash jeans have a deeper colour of indigo, or can even be completely black. This colour is great for more formal outfits, especially when worn with a smart shirt or a suit blazer if you really want to impress.


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Light wash jeans

Light washes are much brighter. Perfect for spring and summer months, you can wear these jeans with a clean white T-shirt for a cool, yet sophisticated look.


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LOOKING AFTER YOUR DENIM
Hand washing jeans

One of the hardest things about buying new denim is caring for it correctly, and washing jeans before they have been properly broken in can lead to shrinkage of up to a full size. Wear your jeans for at least six months before putting them in the washing machine, but if you really can't wait that long, you should soak them in the bathtub – inside out – before washing. Follow these other tips and your jeans will look their best:

  1. Wash inside out.
  2. Wash alone or with jeans of similar colours to avoid dyes transferring.
  3. Don't tumble dry, as this will shrink them even more.
  4. Do not bleach, this will damage the dye.
  5. Brush away dirt and use a softly soaped sponge on small areas you need to clean.
  6. Always hang your denim to give it a chance to air out in between wears.

As long as you look after them properly, your jeans will be one of the most frequently worn items in your wardrobe. Stock up on multiple styles so you've got a comfortable outfit ready for any occasion, and don't forget to remeasure yourself regularly!

Men's Suits Buying Guide

A good suit is an essential investment for any man’s wardrobe. From making you look taller, to disguising a few extra pounds, it can effortlessly smarten up your look and boost your confidence. Shopping for a suit online can seem like a daunting experience but it needn’t be with our handy guide featuring tips and tricks collated from our menswear buyers, designers and technologists. We offer a wide range of styles for all occasions which means you are certain to find your dream suit.

HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF
Suit jacket illustration for how to measure yourself for the perfect fitting suit

If this is your first time buying a suit or it’s been a while since you’ve been fitted, you can measure yourself at home when you don’t have time to head to a store or tailor. Taking some measurements can be tricky so you may need someone else to help you.

Ideally wear a shirt that fits you well before you start, with trousers that you are comfortable wearing.


Chest

Measure horizontally around the chest, under the armpits and over the back shoulder blades, then record the measurement. Ensure the measuring tape is not too tight, it should be snug against the body.

Waist

Measure around the waist roughly at the level of the navel. This measurement may correspond to either the narrowest or the widest point of the waist, depending on build.

Jacket length

Measure from the bottom of the collar, straight down the back centre seam, to where the required length of the jacket will end. The jacket should ideally be just long enough to completely cover your bum, though this will vary depending on the style required.

Trousers illustration for how to measure yourself for the perfect fitting trousers

Trouser waist

Measure horizontally around the waist, just inside where you would like your trouser waist to be. Make sure the tape is snug and does not ride over the waistband, you should be able to put your index finger inside the tape.

Inside leg

Measure from the lowest part of the crotch of your trousers, keeping the measure taut, down to where you wish the bottom of the trousers to end. Bear in mind the fit you want over the shoe, as this will affect the height of the trouser crotch.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FIT
Label Lab



Shoulders

Firstly, ensure the jacket shoulders hug your own and appear neat. It should be a snug fit and there should be no excessive fabric or distortion.

Chest

Your suit jacket should button easily but not too loose. Once it's buttoned, place your hand between you and the jacket, it should just fit comfortably inside. Your suit jacket should button easily but not be too loose.

Length

Hang your arms down straight and cup the jacket hem in your hands. If you can reach easily, it's too long. If it’s shorter, then it's really a matter of personal taste - many modern suit jackets only sit an inch or two below the cuff.

Sleeve Length

Placing your arms by your side the cuff of the jacket should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist. You should have 1-2cm of your shirt cuff visible.

We offer shorter and longer lengths in many of our suits, so if the shoulders fit well but the body or sleeves are too long or short then we should have a suitable alternative for you.

Trousers

The rise of suit trousers, where they sit on your waist, should suit your taste and style. Remember, the cut of a trouser leg should flatter without appearing too tight or too loose.

A classic trouser length should sit nicely on top of your shoe without touching the floor at the back and create a soft crease at the front.

A more modern tapered leg should rest at the top of your shoe.

“It’s easy to have trousers and sleeve lengths tailored. Not everyone will fit the standard lengths available so it’s always best to pick something slightly longer and have it adjusted by a tailor to make it absolutely perfect.” – Floyd Palmer, Senior Garment Technologist”
TYPES OF SUITS
With a vast range of materials, fits and styles available, it’s common to feel overwhelmed when it comes to buying suits. One of the best places to start is to shop by the fit. This usually depends on personal preference as well as your body type. Still not sure where to start? Have a look at our fit guide below and explore the best look for you.

Skinny

This is a close fitting suit through the body and sleeves and a very tapered shape through the leg

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Slim

Create a slimmer silhouette with a trimmed waistline and slim appearance from knee to hem.

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Tailored

A slightly more generous fit than the slim, this fit offers a contemporary look for everyday wear.

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Classic

An easy, everyday look for all-purpose wearability. A more relaxed fit with comfort as a key point of difference.

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THE DETAILS
Man wears tweed design suit jacket and waistcoat by Chester Barrie

Buttons

There are a few choices for the number of buttons on your suit jacket. Two button fastening is the most popular, flattering the majority of shapes and sizes. A single button is also very popular and perfect for a stylish slim or skinny fit style, giving a clean and contemporary look. A three button suit would give a very classic look, but is less common.

The double breasted suit is a very versatile styling option and has seen a resurgence in recent years. Classic shapes are still on offer in tailored and regular fits but, the double breasted style has become a key trend in slim and skinny fits. This styling is perfect for those wishing to make a statement at any occasion. Double breasted jackets feature either six, four or two buttons.

“Traditionally, you always keep the last button on your jacket and waistcoat undone. So on two button suits, do up only the top one and on a five button waistcoat, the top four.” – Lloyd Moyce, Assistant Buyer

Vents

Most suits feature a vent at the rear of the jacket. A double vent is more traditional and something you will find on a tailored or regular fit to allow more room for movement. However, you could opt for a single vent, which are common place on a slim or skinny suit to maintain a sleek and stylish silhouette.

Illustration of different collar lapels including notch, shawl and peak

Fabric

Consider the purpose of your suit when looking at the fabric choices available.

For a business suit which is often worn regularly, consider wool blends as the fabric will be more durable, for example wool and polyester mixes.

For occasionwear you can look for 100% wool, these are finer yarns which will give a more luxurious feel and are best when they are worn less often.

Poly-viscose is also a popular choice for those looking for more trend driven product at a good price. This is a durable fabric and often also feature stretch for added comfort and movement.

“For suits that you intend to wear regularly, we suggest you invest in a second pair of trousers that you can alternate with the jacket. You’ll extend the life of your suit considerably.”– Floyd Palmer, Senior Garment Technologist

Lining

The majority of suit jackets will be fully lined and suit trousers will be half lined. However, a half or buggy lined jacket is also a great option for a slightly more relaxed feel. Buggy Lining will also make the garment more breathable, which is ideal for a lightweight summer blazer.


Lapels

“For business suits, a notch lapel is the most popular choice for a smart and formal look. Peak lapels are very versatile and lend themselves well to a stylish suit for any occasion such as a wedding, prom or day at the races. The shawl collar is a typical feature on eveningwear but, this has become more popular on other suits for a fashion forward look at any time of the day.” – Lloyd Moyce, Assistant Buyer

FABRIC GLOSSARY
An image of a man in dark blue check suit

Plain and Twill weaves

Plain weave, panama fabrics are light and versatile whilst twills add more body and weight to the fabric with a little more drape.

Herringbone

A textured fabric that creates a two-way striped twill effect which gives a richness to a plain fabric. It can be in either a single colour to be tonal texture or a two colour design.

Pin-dot

A semi plain texture that has small dots in a contrast colour, usually lighter than the base colour. A nice fabric for an evening out or a special occasion.

Birdseye

This is a twill-based design and a traditional fabric that is great for important meetings or a wedding.

POW / Prince of Wales

This is a classic check design created on Savile Row for a prince and is now the classic go-to check design. It works well in blues for a modern and tonal interpretation and looks great in grey for a classic look.

Flannel

This offers more of a brushed finish on a fabric and is a perfect winter option.

Sharkskin

A wedding staple, usually in pale grey, this is a semi-plain design that has a zig-zag appearance. A classic design and a good staple for the summer.

Men’s Trainers Guide

Every man needs a good pair of trainers in his shoe collection. Perhaps it stems from our teenage years, begging parents to buy the latest pair, or the fact that they can be the most versatile and comfortable shoes within the range of styles on offer. Either way, if you look after your feet, your feet will look after you. A quarter of all the bones in your body are in the foot, and most of them are small and delicate. To keep your toes in check you should have a well-fitted pair to provide protection and support. Our men's trainers guide will help you identify which pairs are best for your needs and how to wear them in style. Whether you're running long distances trying to get in shape, or heading out into town with a new date, we'll have you covered whatever the situation.

BEST FOOT FORWARD
Male model wearing salmon pink trousers against grey backdrop

You should try and think about what your shoes say about you and your personality: first impressions really do count. If you're planning to go out for a drink in town, you'll look good in a pair of stylish men’s trainers. A bright white set will keep you looking sharp if worn with distressed denim jeans and a casual collared shirt. You can't wear your smartest brogues all the time – in fact, you should keep those formal shoes fresh for meetings and days in the office. But that doesn't mean trainers have to be scruffy. Try picking out some formal trainers and pairing with a pair of classic chinos. This is a great way to make your wardrobe really versatile. Or, if you want a shoe that is super comfortable for all-day wear you should find a pair of slip-on trainers. They come in a massive range of styles and materials, with leather uppers for more smart casual affairs, or canvas designs that are great for hot summer days at the beach.


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DRESS CODE: SMART CASUAL
Black Hugo Boss Trainers

Any invitation where the dress code is smart casual can be a bit of an outfit minefield, but there are some easy solutions to navigating this fashion pitfall. You just have to look at the range of options that men's trainers can provide. For special occasions like meeting up with parents or in-laws, you could create a comfortable yet super sophisticated look with some suede trainers.

If you've been wearing the same pair of canvas slip-on trainers all summer long, it might be time to prepare your feet for winter weather and invest in some leather trainers. You can pair these shoes with a smart suit blazer and still have the comfort of a trainer, but the polish of a suited man.


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GOOD SPORT
Man running in urban setting

A healthy body makes a healthy mind. It's important to stay in shape and exercise as much as possible, but it's equally important to keep your feet happy. Playing sports or running long distance puts your feet under far more pressure than daily walking would, so it's essential to support your feet properly. There isn't one pair of shoes that are the best trainers for sport, it largely depends on your personal foot shape, which sports or activities you're engaging in, and the way your walk.


A good place to start is to look at your pronation or foot strike. Most runners will land on the outside of the heel, and transfer weight to the foot as it rolls inwards, providing balance and support to the rest of the body. Some runners may slightly over-pronate while they run, which means the foot rolls inwards more than it should. To counteract this and protect the rest of the foot, you should look for running shoes with extra cushioning. Once you've found a suitable pair to provide support where you need it most, you should think about finding running gear to keep you comfortable (and looking good!).


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Whether you're after classic style men's trainers or something that stands out a bit more, here are some tips for getting the most out of your new footwear:

  • If you're trying shoes on, go in the afternoon or evening. Your feet swell throughout the day so you need to account for this.
  • Start with your normal size, but bear in mind that different brands have different fits. Be prepared to try a few options.
  • If you're buying running or sports trainers, make sure you wear the same sports socks you normally would.
  • Keep your shoes clean and remove any stains with a soft damp cloth.
  • Know your occasion. White trainers are great for smart casual styles, plimsoles are versatile for everyday or relaxed wear, while leather and suede trainers will help you look smarter.

Men's Watch Buying Guide

Every man needs a timepiece, be it a performance sports watch or a classic leather-strapped design. Find the right style for your look and your lifestyle and you'll never want to take it off. Discover the vintage look of mechanical watches or step into the future with a super-technical hybrid watch with our guide.

Men's watches can be loosely categorised into three main styles: smart-casual, sports, and dress watches. With all the different designs available, you'll need to pay attention to the unique functions of the model to make sure it meets your needs.

CHOOSING YOUR STYLE: SPORTS
Skagen metal sports watch

Sports watches tend to have a more robust build and are made from hard-wearing materials like rubber or plastic so they can withstand any knocks or accidents. Many have extra functions – stopwatches, timers, alarms and even heart rate monitors to provide all the essential information you could ask for while you work out.


Sports watches often have the added capability of being water-resistant, usually to a certain depth (due to the pressure on the internal components). This means they won't get damaged by excessive sweat when you're training hard in the gym, or rainwater when you're putting in the miles on your bike. They will also keep you up to date on any split or lap timings you want to assess.


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CHOOSING YOUR STYLE: LUXURY
Emporio Armani black leather watch

Essential for smart outfits and formal occasions, a luxury watch is an investment piece that will pair perfectly with a suit. Made from the highest quality materials such as sterling silver, gold and platinum, these statement accessories are sure to add a polished finishing touch to your outfit.


Dress watches are suitable for formal occasions as well as everyday business attire, so they are the best way to go if a full-on luxury piece feels excessive. Dress watches are more elegant and refined, and tend to have smaller faces and discreetly shaped straps. Brands such as Emporio Armani typically feature an analogue face with dials to display the time, which is a more traditional look compared to the digital clock face found on many sports watches.


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FIND THE PERFECT STRAP
Guess mens watch in silver with a red strap

Men's watch straps normally come in three distinct styles – the most common materials are leather, metal and fabric. In general, sports watches feature built-in straps to up their water resistant qualities, but you can usually choose from a range of eye-catching colours.


It's easy to get your watch strap changed at a jeweller or watch maker. Metal straps are very hard-wearing and will last for years, but it's a good idea to switch up your leather or fabric strap annually. Soft leathers and fabrics will get damaged and stretched from repeated fastening. They will also get dirty the more you wear them, so if you want to keep your watch looking fresh and stylish, you can upgrade the strap for a quick improvement.


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UNDERSTANDING MECHANICAL WATCHES
Hugo Boss mens watch with blue and gold face and a leather strap

The phrase 'watch movement' refers to the internal mechanics of the piece. There are three main types of watch movement: mechanical, automatic and quartz.


A mechanical watch is powered by a mainspring, which is wound up by hand. This type needs to be wound frequently, otherwise the coiled spring will unwind and the watch will stop running. Mechanical watches are the most traditional and therefore timeless style, and epitomise the precision and art of engineering. As long as you remember to wind it up, you'll never need to replace the battery – because there isn't one. Some contemporary brands, such as Guess, have modelled their range after this classic style, so if you're trying to recreate a vintage aesthetic, these are the ones for you.


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UNDERSTANDING AUTOMATIC AND QUARTZ WATCHES
Fossil men’s watch with brown leather strap

An automatic is similar to a mechanical watch, but it winds up on its own. Inside is a small rotor, which responds to your movements throughout the day and keeps the mainspring tight.


These days, the most popular type of watch uses quartz movement. The quartz piece is subjected to a small electric current from a battery, which causes the quartz to vibrate 32,768 times per second. This vibration is measured and turned into a pulse, which moves the second hand round the face.


Modern watch brands, such as Fossil, use the quartz movement and design a range of sleek, contemporary watches.


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The right watch will bring a touch of class to any outfit, whether it's your sharpest suit or your sports kit! never be late and always stay stylish with the selection of watches at House of Fraser, featuring renowned brands like Armani, Fossil and Storm.

Wedding Suits for Grooms

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so it’s worth spending the extra time finding a wedding suit that is just right, especially as you’ll be looking back at those wedding photos for years to come. Don’t know where to start? Avoid any pre-wedding panic and follow our wedding suits for grooms style guide to ensure you and your groomsmen look as sharp as possible on the big day.

THE THREE PIECE SUIT
The Three Piece Suit

There’s nothing as timelessly stylish as the elegant combination of jacket, trousers and waistcoat, and if you can’t wear a three piece suit at your own wedding, when can you? From skinny, slim, tailored and classic suit styles, you have a wealth of options to choose from. Match the colour and fabric of all three items if you’d like your three piece suit to blend in, or if you’d prefer to make a statement a la David Beckham, choose a different colour and pattern for your waistcoat to make it stand out.

A little tip: the last button of your waistcoat should be left undone to allow you some flexibility and to prevent your waistcoat from restricting your movement during the big day.


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THE TWO PIECE SUIT
The Two Piece Suit

There’s a reason why the two piece suit has become the go-to wedding suit option for a groom and his groomsmen. Although a three piece suit has its merits, with a waistcoat adding an extra formal touch, a two piece suit can look equally as sophisticated. Don’t be afraid to mix and match, some grooms opt to wear a three piece suit themselves whilst dressing their groomsmen in two piece suits, with the waistcoat serving as a point of difference.

Or if you’re opting for a less formal wedding - we’re talking bare foot on the beach or at a beautiful, country location - then a more casual linen two piece can be the perfect middle ground.


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THE SUIT COLOUR
The Suit Colour

The colour of your wedding suit is almost as important as the style you choose. When thinking about the colour, consider the season in which you’re tying the knot - winter weddings call for richer hues, while summer weddings favour lighter options, the colour scheme of your wedding and your own personal preference. While there may be in vogue colour palettes at the time of your nuptials, navy, grey and black will always stand the test of time.

Looking for something season-appropriate? For a winter wedding, you can’t go wrong with tweed, navy blue or charcoal grey wedding suits. For a summer wedding, opt for tonal blues and light greys, or even a white suit (a popular choice for the braver groom), or if you’re going to be wedded abroad in sunnier climes, consider a more summery khaki or beige shade of suit.


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THE ACCESSORIES
The Accessories

Finish off your wedding look with some key accessories, starting with a stylish tie or bow tie. Plain colours, think pinks, blues and reds, are amongst the most popular with many grooms choosing to match with the bridesmaids’ dresses or flowers, or alternatively paisley, patterned or printed ties are perfect for the more adventurous groom.

Next, the pocket square. The general rule is that it shouldn’t match your tie, but many a modern groom are bucking the trend and going all in with one colour theme. Don’t want to be too matching? Go for a more neutral colour, like cream or grey, which will pair with anything.

The devil is in the detail, so don’t forget to purchase a pair of cuff links to wear with your suit. Pick a pair that tie in with your wedding theme or go for something small and simple.


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THE FOOTWEAR
The Footwear

Wedding shoes might be the last thing on your mind but the right footwear can really bring your whole wedding outfit together. Be sure to consider the style, colour and material of your wedding shoes and match them to your suit.

Going all out in a three piece suit or morning suit? Opt for a pair of smart Oxford shoes (a firm favourite amongst grooms) in a polished black. For a less formal approach, try tan or brown or go for loafers or brogues in black, brown or burgundy – perfect with a laidback two-piece.


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Men's Shirt Guide

A strong selection of shirts forms the backbone of any modern man's wardrobe. Whether you want to look trim with a slim fit shirt or size up to create a relaxed style, this guide will help you make sense of all the options.


We'll discuss classic, slim and modern men's shirts, how to measure yourself for the ultimate fit and explain the different collar types on offer.

MEASURING YOUR SHIRT SIZE
Illustration of how to measure shirt size

The first thing you need to do when looking to expand your shirt empire is check your measurements. Grab a tape measure and quickly record a few key stats about your body shape to make sure you're on the mark every time. The most obvious measurement is the collar. You need to get this right, as it can throw off the entire look if you get it wrong.


Shirt collars are measured in inches and usually run in half sizes so you can get the perfect fit. If you have a 15-inch neck measurement you should choose a 15 and a half inch shirt collar to allow yourself a bit of extra breathing space. All you need to do is wrap the tape measure around your neck (not too tightly but with no gaping) and read off the size, then add half an inch to that. If you're between sizes, you should round up for comfort.


Following on from the collar measurement, you can check your chest, although this will vary from shirt to shirt. Formal styles tend to be sized with the collar first, whereas more casual shirts like Oxford cotton styles usually have regular S, M, L sizing, so its best to try a few on a see which feels best.

REGULAR FIT SHIRTS
Burgundy shirt

There are loads of different shirt styles on the market and essentially it comes down to personal preference. What makes you feel the most comfortable?


Classic fit shirts are the roomiest, with ample space around the chest and under the armpits. The waist is generally wider than most others, offering more freedom to move around.


These are just what you need for everyday wear, and will match well with business suits as well as your favourite jeans. White is the classic, but you can always mix it up with subtle pastel shades, too.


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SLIM FIT SHIRTS
Checked shirt

Slim fit shirts are tighter, as the name would suggest. The waist and chest are pulled in slightly to provide a more refined silhouette. These shirts sit much closer to the skin of the wearer, with the added benefit of looking especially sharp when tucked into a formal pair of trousers, as there is less excess material left hanging out.


In between these two styles sits the modern shirt, which is a sort of hybrid. It offers a more tailored silhouette through the waist and chest but is not as close-fitting as a slim shirt. It also has a slightly longer tail and front.


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HOW TO WEAR A FORMAL SHIRT
White patterned shirt

For big occasions like weddings or important networking events, a formal shirt is your best bet. These generally come in simple block colours with little or no branding visible. Wearing cufflinks to keep your shirt cuffs perfectly in place and add an individual twist.


Dress shirts are also great for formal events where you are required to dress in black tie with a dinner jacket. Some dress shirts have elaborate designs and extra detailing around the buttons, collar and cuffs. Add a bold bow tie and black dinner suit for maximum impact.


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UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT COLLAR DESIGNS
Illustration of folded shirts and different collar types

Make sure you look the part by picking the correct collar. Casual Oxford cotton shirts have a pointed collar with small button fastenings to keep it securely in place. This is ideal for a casual look or when a tie isn't necessary – it makes an excellent office workwear staple, which you can quickly build up a range of classic colours such as blues, greys and whites.


Formal evening shirts tend to have more open collars that allow room for a statement tie or bow tie. They don't have button fastenings as the tie helps to give the collar its shape and stay rigid. Point collars also look great with formal outfits and offer a contemporary and sleek look when worn with a slim fabric tie.


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LOOKING AFTER YOUR SHIRTS
Pink shirt

If you want to take shirt care into your own hands, wash yours at 40 degrees with similar colours. A fabric softener will keep the fabric supple and provide extra comfort. Avoid using a tumble dryer as the prolonged heat can shrink the fabric. Instead, hang them to dry using a coat hanger. As the shirt dries the creases will naturally fall out which means it will be much easier to iron.


If your shirts get stained, use stain remover products and spray the areas such as the collar and cuffs, which have the most movement against the skin. Let it soak in before you load it up in the wash and your shirts will come out looking fresher than ever.


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Whatever the occasion, there are shirts options to suit the dress code and complement your personal style. Browse the collection of shirts at House of Fraser to find your ideal match.

How To Tie A Tie

The time has come where a school tie just doesn’t cut it anymore. Need to know how to do it properly, ASAP? Don’t sweat it, your mum or significant other needn’t know your tie handicap! Watch our video guides and perfect a Full Windsor, Half Windsor, Four in Hand or a Bow Tie like a pro – we’ve got you.

HOW TO TIE A BOW TIE

Place the bow tie around your collar with the left side sitting 1.5 inches longer than the right.

Cross the longer end over the shorter end and pinch the crossing point.

Pull the longer end up behind the crossing point.

Fold the shorter end in two to make ‘half a bow’ and keep holding.

Bring the longer end down over the top so that it is hanging down – don’t let go of the crossing point!

With your free hand, fold the longer strand back on itself and pass through the loop at the back of the bow tie.

Pull it to tighten and tweak to make an even bow. You can relax now!

HOW TO TIE A FOUR IN HAND KNOT

Place the tie around your collar with the wider end on the left, sitting about 10 inches longer than the narrow end.

Cross the wider end over the narrow end.

Bring the longer end back around behind the shorter end and hold it horizontally.

Bring it back over the top, in front of the narrow end.

Pull the wider end up behind the loop, towards your neck.

Holding the narrow end with your left hand, bring the wide end down through the loop with your right hand.

That’s it! Simply tighten, pushing it up until it is in place and you’re done!

HOW TO TIE A FULL WINDSOR KNOT

Place the tie around your collar with the wider end on the left, sitting about 10 inches longer than the narrow end.

Cross the wider end over the narrow end.

Pull the wider end up behind the narrow end, towards your neck.

Bring the wider end back down and loop it behind the narrow end to the left.

Bring the wider end up in front of the loop towards your neck.!

Loop it behind the narrow end to your left so the wider end is inside out.

Bring the wide end back across the front and pull it up behind the loop.

Bring the wide end back down through the knot.

Tighten and tweak until it’s neat. Tah-dah!

HOW TO TIE A HALF WINDSOR KNOT

Place the tie around your collar with the wider end on the left, sitting about 10 inches longer than the narrow end.

Cross the wider end over the narrow end.

Bring it back round behind the narrow end to the right.

Bring the wide end up in front of the loop towards your neck.

Bring it back down behind and to the right.

Bring the wider end across the front from the right to the left and pull it back up behind the knot.

Bring it back down, tucking it through the loop at the front.

Tighten, pushing it up until it’s in place – it’s done!