A premium dress shirt (or shirts) is something that every man should have in his closet. Whether you’re a corporate worker who needs to wear them on a daily basis, someone who gets invited to a whole lot of weddings or anywhere in between, investing in good quality dress shirts is something every stylish savant should be accustomed to.
Just like your suit, your choice of shirt can speak volumes about your personality (don’t think for a second that the suit hides the shirt underneath) because if you rocked up to an event or into the boardroom with something decidedly baggy around the sides or with cuffs that extend further than your arms, you’re probably going to be given a stern word by your superior (if you are the superior, then you really should know better).
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When it comes to investing in dress shirts, you can obviously turn your attention to online stores, but for the best experience and to make sure you buy something that you know will fit perfectly, you’ll want to head into a dedicated store. Sydney just so happens to be home to several shirt stores, with staff more than happy to offer up a selection of styles in a variety of fabrics and colours that you’ll do well to keep in your wardrobe. And since the shirt is the piece of clothing that will sit closest to your skin throughout the day, you’re going to want to invest in genuine quality.
Australian menswear label Calibre has a talent for keeping one eye on the fashion-forward and the other on local tastes. This has allowed the company to flourish in the home market with an array of menswear which includes a genuinely good suit selection, but one that also extends into dress shirts.
Calibre’s shirt range is available in three fits: stretch, slim and tailored, with the former being the most figure-hugging, yet it doesn’t feel so constrictive thanks to its use of elastane to provide some movement and stretch.
Address: Shop 4024/Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000
Phone: 02 9223 8988
We couldn’t curate a list of the best shirt stores in Sydney and not include Ralph Lauren. The very embodiment of authentic American style, Ralph Lauren has perfectly nestled into Sydney lifestyle, finding pilgramage from everyone from CBD workers through to entitled teenagers starting work experience.
You could obviously invest in some crisp plain white numbers, but this is Ralph Lauren after all, giving you the opportunity to invest in some more quirky pastels, checked patterns and Breton stripes, all in a slim fit for an all-American affair.
Address: 455 George Street, Sydney, 2000
Phone: 02 9221 2531
P.Johnson provides a refreshing take on traditional dapper suiting by adding a hint of quirkiness and fun. More importantly, the master tailor encourage customers to add a personal touch to their made-to-measure garments which promise function, originality and beauty.
When it comes to shirts the team at P.Johnson can assist customers with fabrics, colour, tone, drape, texture and body measurements to ensure the optimal balance of quality and aesthetics.
Address: 7 Walker Lane, Paddington, 2021
Phone: 0409 091 485
Australia’s oldest department store also happens to be a stockist of some of the world’s finest shirting brands. Given its conception in 1838, the company has a wealth of experience in the local retail landscape, forging itself a robust reputation for providing luxury labels which exude premium quality in every seasonal collection.
Address: 86-108 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, 2000
Phone: 13 33 57
The Bespoke Corner
The Bespoke Corner, headed by Men’s Fashion Blogger’s Miles Wharton, is all about building a custom suit anytime, anywhere – that’s 24/7 for those playing at home. Their range offers Italian made shirts for business, casual or leisure with an extensive list of customisation options. As an incentive, every booking appointment is free whilst an assigned tailor takes ample time to sit down, chat and evaluate the client’s needs. Even the delivery of the finished suit is done by hand to ensure indulgence begins from start to finish.
Address: 1/55 Regent Street, Paddington, 2021
Phone: 1800 875 699
Established in 1998, Farage was one of the first stores that really pushed the boundaries of sartorial style and craftsmanship. Their dedication to producing high quality and stylish menswear hasn’t changed since. Farage specialises in classic tailored shirts, hence it’s certainly a store to check out if you’re looking for shirts that follow a traditional style but still have that subtle modern twist.
Address: 5/5 Martin Place, Sydney, 2000
Phone: 02 9223 0241
Since it’s inception, Jac+Jack continues to rise to new heights in the Australian fashion industry. What’s great is that their designers place particular emphasis on the use of premium, natural fibres such as fine cotton, linen and superfine merino wool, all of which are purposed to provide you with ultimate comfort.
As for their shirts, the detail is kept to a minimum for a simplistic, easy-going look, so if you’re a man who wants a no-fuss, comfortable shirt that is easy to move in, be sure to stop on by.
Though the price range can be quite expensive, you’ll be wearing their shirts for days on end because of how comfortable they are.
Address: 78/412-414 George Street, Sydney, 2000
Mister Mister is a brand that has set out to remake the traditional modern man’s uniform, opting to create a more contemporary look through traditional tailoring techniques. Shirts by Mister Mister are strictly made-to-measure only, so booking an appointment is absolutely necessary.
Another thing to bear in mind is that one shirt already begins at $195, which can be quite an investment if you’re someone trying to stick to a budget. Despite the hefty price tag, the result is a shirt with the perfect combination of personal preference and proportion while still being versatile enough to match all of your needs whether it be for work or play.
Address: 2/412-414 George Street, Sydney, 2000
Phone: 02 8040 2152
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: 2/14 Martin Place, Sydney, 2000
Phone: 02 9137 4950
T.M Lewin has one of the largest selections of shirts most will ever see, all of which exudes quality and flair. 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 too.
Address: 129 King Street, Sydney, 2000
Phone: 02 8197 1898
Harrolds is the store which stocks everything in latest luxury fashion for men. With an extensive label line up in their portfolio, Harrolds also boasts some of the most sought after shirt brands available in exquisite cuts and designs. They’re conveniently located in the heart of Sydney in Westfield’s Pitt Street mall precinct.
Address: 4/188 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000
Phone: 02 9210 2500