Pockets and Buttons
“I consider a dress shirt with a pocket a sport shirt,” says Patrick. If you want a pocket on your shirt, the designer should look at the cuff you’re doing as well. If it’s a rounded cuff, do a pocket with rounded corners on the bottom. Or, if it’s a mitered cuff (angled corners), have a pocket with mitered corners on the bottom. “Everything should look like there’s design intent and symmetry throughout all of the elements of the shirt.”
While you’ll have a bunch of button options with a custom-made shirt (including the classic Mother-of-Pearl), you might want to personalize your shirt with contrast stitching to add interest, suggests Patrick. When a white Oxford button-down is paired with navy contrast stitching around button holes, the classic shirt pops. “Since Americana has been big in menswear for the past few years, we’re seeing clients request vintage-looking buttons, like the fish-eye button, on their custom-made sport shirts,” says Patrick.
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