By: Melissa Stevens
A key foundation to looking sharp is a well-fitted shirt. Hong Kong-based luxury shirtmaker Milk Shirts specialises in bespoke and ready-to-wear shirts for men. Owner Sheetal Pritmani says they have a range of luxury shirts for formal or casual events and can create bespoke pieces, perfect for a wedding. And while the wedding day is usually all about the dress for brides-to-be, prospective grooms also need to get a sharp look together for the big day.
Milk Shirts’ bespoke service means they can customise to suit your preferences, with a selection of over 150 fabrics, collar and cuffs styles, monogramming and fit requirements. Your shirt will be ready about two weeks after your fitting.
Sheetal says Milk brings together contemporary cuts and classic craftsmanship. “Each shirt is crafted from a curated range of Italian fabrics in the hands of master tailors in Hong Kong. The brief for the company was simple: create a shirt of genuine quality that stands the test of time and transcends fast trends with a focus on the wearer.”
She says there are a number of things to consider when getting a dress shirt made for your wedding. “Weddings are unique events, and whether you’re the groom, best man or a ‘plus one’, every man wants to look his best.”
Sheetal’s Top Tips
We always recommend a made to-measure shirt for a wedding. A tip: sit down and see how it fits. The buttons shouldn’t be popping open!
White is always best. However, if the bride or bridesmaid are wearing anything closer to cream, then an ivory or even ecru might look better in the photographs.
Where is the wedding? Finer fabrics such as broadcloth and poplin are ideal for tropical weddings. Wear an undershirt to avoid sweat patches. On the other hand, you can opt for a thicker white fabric that is more opaque, such as a pinpoint or twill, better suited for cooler climates. These will also be more wrinkle resistant and drape in a more flattering way.
Whether you’re wearing a tuxedo or dinner suit, we usually recommend a spread collar. It goes equally well with a bow tie or neck tie. Weddings are one of the last remaining events where you’re actually required to get dressed with your significant other’s outfit in mind. We aren’t big on being completely “matchy-matchy” but we will offer styling advice with your partner in mind.
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This article first appeared in the April/May 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.