We probably don’t need to stress how important a quality selection of dress and business shirts is for the modern gent. By quality, we mean both number of (encompassing colours and styles) and the actual quality of those shirts -– you don’t want them falling apart or looking well-aged during an important meeting now, would you?
But we get it, finding the perfect dress shirt, the créme de la créme of business attire, can be likened to the quest for the Holy Grail. It’s tricky and isn’t short of difficult to answer questions. But gents of Melbourne, we’re here to make that quest unquestionably easier, as we’ve scoured Melbourne’s streets looking for the absolute best in men’s shirting, finding the stores that don’t just give you the best selection when it comes to business and dress shirts, but the customer service to match.
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Cecil is one of Melbourne’s hidden gems of the tailored shirting scene. Their exacting service comes down to three core principles which focus on cut, construction and cloth. They use only the finest cloth from Thomas Mason and Sakota for their shirts, which are classically cut to ensure the perfect fit which caters to a customer’s preference of colour, weight and details. Their shirts aren’t exactly cheap, starting at $175, but the price of quality is always worth it.
Address: Shop 5, 1 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 0412 915 153
For quintessential and slightly eclectic British fashion, the only boutique you should be visiting is Paul Smith. Sir Paul rarely produces a bad suit and punters can expect the same from the shirt collection. The brand offers different ranges to cater for medium to high-end buyers, with tailored-fit shirts availalbe in a range of colours and many of which rock the company’s signature multi-stripe print on the inner cuff. With Paul Smith’s signature linings and other finer offerings, men can rest assured they’ll walk out of the store looking a million times better.
Address: 120 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9639 3110
Godwin Charli is your local destination for all things in fine threads. The brand’s attention to fit, sophisticated styling and subtle detailing also makes its way into men’s shirting. Godwin Charli regards the production of garments as a work of art, using only the best materials combined with intrinsic tailoring to capture each client’s unique individuality. And because it’s local, you’ll feel a sense of patriotism and pride every time you look in the mirror.
Address: Level 2/165 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 0429 539 823
M.J Bale is the epitome of a true gentleman’s shop, with their stores exuding exquisite class from top to bottom. Their shirts are second to none when it comes to quality and value, with each product being made from the finest cotton available. They have six shirt collections to choose from – Blue Label, Classic, Collection, Business, Casual and Formal/Tuxedo – all of which have different materials and styles to suit certain occasions.
But if you’re looking for a slim shirt that fits in all of the right places, M.J Bale is the way to go as they even stock exclusive Samurai shirts – a skinny fit style constructed with back darts to show off your waist and torso. Talk about fancy.
Address: Shop RL 1.08, Level 1/260 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9663 1462
David Jones is Australia’s oldest and, therefore, longest-running department store. There’s a reason it’s remained successful for so long: the brands stocked and the service provided. That’s certainly the case for men’s shirts, with a number of mid-range to high-end luxury brands all to be found under one roof. With an even greater selection to be found online, we can’t imagine it will be hard for you to find some shirts that can call your wardrobe home.
Address: 310 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 13 33 57
One of Melbourne’s most popular establishments in shirting is Arthur Galan. The menswear line started life back in 1998 and has since built a solid reputation over the years for its paisley shirts which exude both modernity and masculine assertiveness. What the brand pitches itself on today is Arthur Galan’s signature style, cut and quality as well as superior fabrics.
Address: 568 Chapel Street, South Yarra, 3141
Phone: 03 9827 7222
Incu has slowly grown into an Australian establishment for the world’s most sought after labels under one roof. Brothers Vincent and Brian who started Incu in Sydney are a knowledgeable pair, always on the lookout for emerging brands to introduce into the Australian menswear scene.
Because of this, they also happen to stock some of the coolest shirts available around town with brands such as Comme Des Garcons, Kloke, Maison Kitsune, Vanishing Elephant and Saturdays NYC just to name a few.
Address: Shop ACL, Albert Coates Lane, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9654 4725
T.M Lewin has one of the largest selections of shirts most will ever see, all of which ooze quality and luxury. You won’t be at a loss for options in this store as they stock everything in shirting from formal shirts, casual shirts, business shirts, non-iron shirts and evening shirts.
What’s even better is that their formal shirts come in four different fits – regular, slim, fitted and super fitted, ensuring that no matter your build they have the right shirt for you. Their online store also has a blog section that provides more advice on their clothing, which is a nice touch.
Address: 365 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9670 1898
If you combine traditional classicism with contemporary Australian tailoring, you’ll get Calibre. Since launching its premium boutique more than twenty years ago, the brand has skyrocketed in popularity thanks to a range of luxurious shirts and sharp suits.
Calibre shirts are available both in a tailored or slim fit, alongside designs like a classic pinstripe, check shirt, paisley patterned and crisp white. Their online store also has free shipping within Australia which is always a tick in every man’s books.
Address: Melbourne Central, 222/300 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9650 9443
Rodd & Gunn
Rodd & Gunn takes inspiration from New Zealand’s picturesque landscapes, boasting traditional designs imbued with a contemporary modern feel. The label suits the modern man looking for a simple shirt that is both subtle in colour and style, but versatile enough to use in any occasion. Their entire range is sourced from premium Italian fabrics that are durable enough to stand the test of time.
Address: Level 1/260 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9639 3877
Peter Jackson has been revolutionising the menswear space since 1948, a testament to their rich history of producing garments that represent value both in price and quality. The clothier strives to use only the finest fabrics from around the world to produce shirts you’ll want to be seen in and ones that will give you the confidence to own the boardroom, all without paying out a crazy sum of money.
The company’s range comprises patterned, plain and coloured shirts, all of which are offered in tailored fits to ensure you’ll be looking your best.
Address: 420 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9670 9132
356 Collins Street
120 Collins Street
194 Little Collins Street
574A Chapel Street
5/1-9 Exhibition St
310 Bourke Street, Bourke Street Mall
568 Chapel Street
Shop ACL12, Albert Coates Lane, Q.V Building
218-242 Little Collins Street
Rodd & Gunn
Shop T212, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, 300 Lonsdale Street
574 Chapel Street
420 Bourke Street