So as many of you know I love a shirt, and a package arrived the other day from Douglas & Grahame with two in there for me to road test. This is part one, part two will appear as part of my upcoming homage to the classic white shirt. (small hint Douglas & Grahame do a great classic white shirt and that gave me the idea of a piece dedicated to the style icon that is the white shirt.)
I work in a very corporate environment, where looking well turned out is important and so where better to take the new shirt for a try out. Well it passed with flying colours, so may compliments and people asking where it’s from. I loved the tailored fit and cut to it, a tip of the hat to the design team at Douglas & Grahame. A very subtle print sets off just the perfect hint of flair.
What about the wearing though I hear you ask. Well for me, apart from general fit, which is great on this shirt, I like to pay attention to three areas that highlight quality and thought, collar, cuff and under arm. The double button cuff is nice and thick, keeps it shape well and the double button offers a loose and tighter option, personally I like a tighter cuff. The collar, people don’t appreciate the engineering of a great collar, Douglas and Grahame have. Its high without rubbing under the chin, has been washed a few times and remains in shape, the buttons hidden under the lapels help keep the shape and hold your tie nice and high meaning a knot isn’t holding it all together.
Underarm is often the least considered area of a shirt, but often the least comfortable part. This shirt moves well and doesn’t rub, its cut allows the fitted shape to remain without causing rubbing during the day. The overall quality of the material is excellent, its breathable yet warming. It just feels good against the skin.
So final word is from my mum, she wanted you all to know that its one of her fave shirts to iron. She does it for me as I’m terrible. She added that it doesn’t crease and smooths out ready to wear very quickly. What better seal of approval than the mum stamp.
So to summarise, I have been bowled over by just how good this product is, it’s a brand I will be adding to my collection.