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Business Shirts - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is UK and Australian business shirt size is the same?
A: Firstly note that business shirts are measured by neck size. The sizes are Not exactly the same the UK use imperial measurements (inches) and Australia uses metric measurements (centimetres). The closest conversion is 14.5 " = 37cm, 15" = 38cm, 15.5" = 39cm and 40cm, 16" = 41cm, 16.5" = 42cm, 17" = 43cm, 17.5" = 44cm

Q: Do Van Heusen Shirts Shrink?
A: The answer is No if you read and follow the washing instructions on the care label of the Van Heusen shirt.

Q: What is Euro-Fit/ European Fit business shirts?
A: One is abbreviated and one is not, it is the same thing. European Fit is a term adopted by Van Heusen to represent today's contemporary fit. The word Contemporary meaning "of the time". The European business shirt is slimmer than the classic fit and larger than a slim fit shirt. It sits in the middle.

Q: What is the best material for mens business/dress shirts?
A: 100% Cotton with easy iron, easy care attributes is the best. Adding polyester to a shirt can give some strength but a percentage of over 50% can also attract static electricity.

Q: Is Egyptian cotton good for business shirt?
A: Egyptian cotton has the reputation of high-quality whether it is for sheets or shirts. An Egyptian cotton fabric would be a plus for a business shirt.

Q: What is a slim fit shirt?
A: A slim fit shirt sits close to the body so it will show your physic. For comfort, a good proportion of slim fit shirts have 2 or 3% lycra or spandex that enable the shirt to stretch with body movement.

Q: Is classic fit the same as regular fit?
A: Yes, classic fit, regular fit or relaxed fit all denote the roomiest fits on the market. This is how all business shirts were in the 1980s, However, acknowledgement is given that not all people can wear a slim or contemporary fit.

Q: Are slim fit business shirts are tight?
A: Slim fit denotes the slimmest of shirts however one brand's slim fit may well be slimmer than the next brand. Also, some will have stretch in the fabric for comfort and some may not.

Q: How to find shirts that fit big men?
A: To find online shop "big mens shirts" you will find Van Heusen have ready-made shirts up to a 54cm neck and Gloweave have ready-made shirts are up to a 60cm neck. To find in bricks and mortar stores look for speciality men's stores that only offer big men's clothing.

Q: What should a woman wear for an interview?
A: Depending on the job either smart casual or for a more formal attire include a tailored jacket, pant or skirt. Better to be a little overdressed than underdressed.

Q: How long should my dress shirt sleeves be?
A: Given your jacket sleeve is the correct length the shirt sleeve should show approximately 2cm or an inch below the jacket sleeve. To find ready-made dress shirts that have a choice of different sleeve lengths refer to the shirt brands Van Heusen or Ganton.

Q: Can you alter dress shirts sleeve length?
A: Yes, you can shorten but not lengthen. As it can be a little expensive ask for a quote from a reputable tailor or clothing alteration shop before proceeding.

Q: What are sleeve buttons called?
A: Simply "sleeve buttons" To be more specific you could quote the diameter measurement required.

Q: What is considered as a dress shirt?
A: Depending on what country is referred to, it can differ. In the USA the term dress shirt is used for business attire however in Australia it is more frequently called a business shirt and a dress shirt is for a more formal occasion.