Choosing a wedding shirt

When it comes to choosing the perfect men’s shirt to wear as the groom at a wedding, there are several factors to consider. Here are a few key points to keep in mind as you make your selection. So lets start with the collar.

Collar shape: The shape of the collar can greatly impact the overall look of your shirt. The most common options include point collars, spread collars, and button-down collars. Point collars are a classic choice that work well with most suits, while spread collars are a bit more formal and are often paired with tuxedos. Button-down collars are more casual and are typically worn with sport coats or blazers.

Collar style: There are various collar styles available, such as classic, button-down, spread and cutaway collars. The style of the collar should match the formality of the event and the suit.

Here are a few common collar styles and their general level of formality:

  • The classic button-down collar is a casual style that is often seen on casual or business casual shirts.
  • The point collar is a versatile style that can be dressed up or down. It is a common choice for dress shirts and is considered to be a bit more formal than a button-down collar.
  • The spread collar is a more formal style that is often worn with suits and formal wear. It has a wider space between the collar points, which allows for more room for a tie knot.
  • The wingtip collar is the most formal style of collar, often worn with tuxedos and formal evening wear.
  • The club collar is a more casual and less formal collar that has rounded tips and often worn with a button down.
  • The tab collar is similar to the point collar but is more formal, it is a type of collar with a small strip of fabric that connects the two collar points, which holds the tie knot in place.

Collar size: The size of the collar should be proportional to the size of your face and head. A smaller collar will look better on someone with a smaller head and face, while a larger collar will be more suitable for someone with a larger head and face. It’s worth noting that the collar style should be appropriate for the occasion, but also that it should suit the person’s face shape and proportions, and personal preference.

So we have covered the collar lets move on…

Shirt material: The material of the shirt is another important factor to consider.

Dress shirts can be made from a variety of materials, each with their own level of formality. Some of the most common materials used for dress shirts include:

  • Cotton: Cotton is a versatile, breathable, and durable material that is suitable for both casual and formal occasions. It is the most common material used in dress shirts, and it is available in a variety of weaves and thread counts, which can affect the level of formality.
  • Linen: Linen is a lightweight, breathable material that is often used in warm weather. It is less common than cotton, but it can be quite formal, especially in lighter colours.
  • Silk: Silk is a luxurious, elegant material that is often used for formal occasions. It is rarer than cotton and linen, and it is usually found in high-end formal shirts.

The level of formality of a dress shirt can also depend on the shirt’s design, such as the collar style and cuffs, as well as the occasion. A classic, white, button-up dress shirt with a pointed collar and French cuffs is considered to be the most formal, and it’s ideal for formal events such as black-tie affairs and weddings. A dress shirt with a button-down collar and single button cuffs is considered more casual and can be worn with a suit on a work day or a more casual event.

Additionally, the dress shirt’s colour, patterns and texture could also affect the level of formality, solid colours and simple patterns tend to be more formal than bold patterns or prints.

Shirt style: The style of the shirt should match the style of the suit. A classic, tailored shirt will look best with a traditional suit, while a more modern, slim-fit shirt will pair well with a more contemporary suit.

Shirt formality: The formality of the event and the suit should also be considered when choosing a shirt. A tuxedo shirt will be more formal than a regular dress shirt, but a classic white dress shirt is always appropriate. Match the right shirt with the right suit for the occasion.

The cuff of a dress shirt can also vary in terms of formality. Here are a few common cuff styles and their general level of formality:

  • The barrel cuff is a simple, casual style that is often seen on casual or business casual shirts. It is the most common cuff style and is considered to be the least formal.
  • The button cuff is a more formal style that is often worn with suits and formal wear. It has a button and a buttonhole that fasten the cuff closed.
  • The French cuff, also known as double cuffs, is the most formal style of cuff. It is a longer cuff that is folded back and fastened with cufflinks, often worn with formal and black tie events.
  • The convertible cuff is a versatile style that can be worn as either a button cuff or a French cuff, it has buttonholes on one side and buttons on the other side.


It is worth noting that the cuff style should be appropriate for the occasion and also should suit the person’s face shape and proportions, and personal preference.

It’s important to have the right shirt to match the suit because the shirt is the foundation of the outfit, and it needs to be comfortable and flattering. The right shirt can elevate the overall look of the suit, making you feel confident and stylish on your special day.

A shirt worn with a suit should fit well and be tucked in. The collar should fit snugly around the neck and there should not be any gaping between the buttons. The sleeves should be the right length, with the cuff of the shirt visible just past the jacket sleeve, with about 1/2 inch of the cuff showing beyond the jacket sleeve. The shoulders of the shirt should fit well and not be too tight or too loose and the shirt should be tailored so that it is not too tight or too loose around the chest and waist either and and the hem should be long enough to stay tucked in. The cuffs should fit snugly around the wrists and the buttons should be able to close without pulling or gaping. Overall, the fit should be neat and clean to complement the look of the suit.

In conclusion, when choosing a shirt for your wedding as the groom, it is important to consider collar shape, collar size, collar style, shirt material, shirt style, shirt formality, French cuffs, and barrel cuffs, to ensure that the outfit is perfect. Remember that the right shirt can make a world of difference in how you look and feel on your big day.

Check out the YouTube videos below for more tips on style and fit.

I hope the information will help all my fellow dapper brothers look amazing.

Sartorially yours,

Matt D Brady

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