Silk has been a luxurious fabric for a reason. It’s soft in a way only silk can feel. Your skin just glides through it. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, and so is perfect for sensitive skin where it won’t irritate. Besides its soft touch, the fabric is super breathable because of its natural elements which allow oxygen to pass through freely. You’ll feel cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.
Because of its luxurious quality, silk is a must-have in your closet for slow-fashion or as a staple piece. It’s comfortable, looks amazing, and just so clean and crisp that it’ll make your outfit look effortlessly cool.
Here are the Factors that Affect the Quality of Silk
1. RAW MATERIAL: Just like cashmere, there are many different types of silk, the price can vary from $8 to $80 /yard. The price differences depend on silk farms and how they manage their silk supplies. Organic silk tends to be more expensive as the price to manage sustainable may be higher.
2. LUSTRE: The lustre of the expensive silk is the result from combining threads of different single colors in each of the weft and wrap. These make the surface shine and appear to change color as the angle of light on it changes. Put your silk shirt up to the light and see how it reflects differently to other silk products.
3. FINISH: A more expensive silk goes through a special treatment before it is ready to be used. Sand-washing is one of the natural garment washing processes – it makes the fabric more wrinkle-resistant and provides a better hand feel. You can immediately tell the difference once silk has gone through sand washing by the increase in shine and color!
4. DYEING PROCESS: More expensive dyes fade less and last longer, this tacks on to the price of the silk. You want a silk shirt that uses organic dyes that won’t wash out after each cycle.
5. THE WEIGHT: The silk momme (a unit of measurement for silk fabrics weight) reflects the price and quality. Higher momme weights equal higher quality silk.
Sometimes, brands will use fabrics that are blended with polyester. By doing so, they can lower the prices as they use less silk. However, polyester is a harsh fabric and reduces the soft natural feel of silk, not to mention it’s a material that’s harmful to the environment! Make sure you’re shopping for 100% silk to get the true quality and feel you deserve.
Silk Shirt Fit
Standard or Classic Fit
Has breathing room, lightly fitted, tapered to eliminate the blousy effect, has longer length so it remains tucked in. This Standard or the Classic Fit shirts are designed with a relaxed, traditional fit. To ensure maximum comfort, they are generously cut across the waist, creating a straight silhouette.
Trim or Slim Fit
More trim to the body than the standard fit, higher armhole and no excess fabric, has longer length so it remains tucked in. This Trim or the Slim Fit has most regular and flattering fit. It is gently tapered across the waist and chest, creating a relaxed yet defined silhouette.
Silk Shirt Measurements
|Shirts||Standard Fit Measurements||Trim Fit Measurements|
|Neck Size||Std. Chest||Std. Waist||Trim Chest||Trim Waist|
|14.5 in.||40 in.||36 in.||39 in.||35.5 in.|
|15 in.||42 in.||38 in.||41 in.||37.5 in.|
|15.5 in.||44 in.||40 in.||43 in.||39.5 in.|
|16 in.||46 in.||42 in.||45 in.||41.5 in.|
|16.5 in||48 in.||44 in.||47 in.||43.5 in.|
|17 in.||50 in.||46 in.||49 in.||45.5 in.|
|17.5 in.||52 in.||48 in.||51 in.||47.5 in.|
|18 in.||54 in.||50 in.||53 in.||49.5 in.|
|18.5 in||56 in.||52 in.||55 in.||51.5 in.|
Men’s Dress Shirt Size Chart (Average US Sizes)
|Avg. Neck Size||Avg. Sleeve Length|
|S||14.5 - 15.5"||32/33, 34/35"|
|M||15.5 - 16.5"||32/33, 34/35, 36/37"|
|L||16.5 - 17.5"||32/33, 34/35, 36/37"|
|XL||17.5 - 18"||34/35, 36/37"|
|XXL||18 - 18.5"||36/37"|
Silk Shirt Collar Style
|Silk Shirt Collar Style|
|Button Down||Like some other menswear traditions still around today, such as hacking pockets or single-vented jackets, the button down collar was invented for a man on a horse. Specifically, it was Ivy League polo players who wanted to keep their shirt collars out of their face.
While bouncing on a horse, it was easy for the shirt collar points to flap up so polo players took to wearing shirts whose collar points buttoned down to the shirt front. Though all dress shirt collars should be ironed, button down collars are actually quite soft.
|Point||Point Collar has its collar points finishing 3″ apart. Point Collar and Semi-Spread Collar have the same collar band height, same collar point length, and are both made using a stiff, fused interlining.
Exact Specifications of a Point Collar is 2 3/4" collar points, 3 1/4" spread, 1" front collar band height, 1 3/8" rear collar band height, 3/8" tie space, medium weight fused interlining, and removable collar stays.
|Semi-Spread||The Semi Spread Collar has points that finish 4″ apart from each other. Semi-Spread Collar and Point Collar have the same collar band height, same collar point length, and are both made using a stiff, fused interlining.
Exact specifications for a Semi-Spread Collar is 2 3/4" collar points, 3 7/8" spread, 1" front collar band height, 1 3/8" rear collar band height, 3/8" tie space, stiff fused interlining, and removable collar stays.
Silk Shirt Cuff Style
|Silk Shirt Cuff Style|
|Convertible||In Convertible Cuff, the button can be hidden to make room for the cufflinks. This cuff can be worn either buttoned like the classic cuff or with cufflinks.|
|French||The French cuff is twice as long as regular cuffs and is folded back on itself and closed with cuff links.|
|Standard||Traditionally fastened by a single button closure, also can be made of two buttons, which allow the wearer to control the snugness of the wrist.|
How to tie a Tie – Full Windsor Knot
A cravat worn for everyday wear is a form of neckwear that is worn with an open collar shirt, with the fabric tucked in behind the shirt to cover the lower neck and chest area.
Types of Cravats
DAY / CASUAL CRAVAT : The day or casual cravat is the general term given to a cravat worn informally, i.e. tucked into an open shirt collar, as opposed to a wedding cravat that has a specific look and function specific to weddings. A day cravat is usually self-tie – there was a time you could get a cravat that was semi pre-tied and had a neckstrap with velcro or clip fasteners, but these have all but disappeared to be replaced with a much higher quality and more comfortable self-tie design.
ASCOT CRAVAT : The American term for a day cravat.
WEDDING CRAVAT : The modern wedding cravat looks similar to a tie but with a ruched or scrunched knot (hence the common reference to a scrunchie cravat). A more traditional wedding cravat has two flaps of fabric that are folded one on top of the other and held together with a cravat pin, though this style has largely fallen in favour of the scrunchie style. In some cases, a plain coloured casual cravat is also used in the traditional wedding style.
AN ALL-SILK CRAVAT : Is just as its name says – a cravat made entirely of silk, without any additional backing or lining. There are advantages and disadvantages to opting for an all-silk cravat, the first being that it’s bit slippier than a cravat with a cotton backing.
This means you’d usually need to tie All Silk Cravat slightly differently to hold it in place. The consequence of this is that more fabric is required and the cost is often slightly higher, but on the upside, it’s a lighter weight cravat and provides a finish that some people prefer.
Shirts & Cravats
There is no specific type of shirt for cravats, although commonly a regular collar, plain coloured shirt is a good starting point. Button down collars and wing collars are perhaps less suitable, although not exclusively so.
Neck Size of Cravats
Cravats are generally one size fits all, so there’s no specific neck size measurements associated with them. Many product descriptions will include the cravat lengths and/or widths, but this is largely additional information for those who know they need a certain minimum or maximum length for their preferred tying or wearing style.