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The type of shirt that sits on a man’s shoulders can speak volumes of his personality. Unless your name is Lil Jon, nobody wants to look lazy by wearing a shirt that’s clearly two sizes too large.
As a staple wardrobe item that sits closest to the skin, a good quality shirt should be at the forefront of every man’s quest for style. We’ve done the heavy sleeve work to unearth Sydney’s best shops to buy shirts. It’s time to button up, men.
Shop RG25, 500 George Street, The Galeries
Brent Wilson has become an authority on the local fashion scene since the launch of his eponymous store a decade ago. His past clients have included people like the late Prince, but it’s his ability to bring Australian tastes to modern suit making that has seen him grow his sartorial footprint across the country. In their premium ready-to-wear department, Brent Wilson offers up an extensive range of dress shirts to keep the most insatiable wardrobe satisfied. A bonus is that you won’t be breaking the bank.
Brands: Brent Wilson
Shop 4024, 188 Pitt St Mall
Australian menswear label Calibre also have a talent for keeping one eye on the fashion forward and the other on local tastes. This has allowed them to flourish in the home market with an array of menswear which also extends into dress shirts with a modern fit and finish that won’t eat up your entire month’s pay.
7 Macquarie Place, Sydney
Quality home grown shirting is more accessible than ever at Herringbone. Although the brand has today expanded into menswear and womenswear, it began solely as a shirting company back in 1997. This experience is enough to guarantee that Herringbone knows how to dress a man with their extensive range of detailed-oriented shirts in colours inspired by Sydney’s iconic beaches and deserts of Central Australia.
Shop 1-001, Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre, 345 Victoria Avenue
Ralph Lauren is the embodiment of authentic American style and today it has found its place amongst Sydney offering its signature style in shirting. Think pastels, check and breton stripes in slim fit for an all-American affair.
Brands: Ralph Lauren
7 Walker Lane, Sydney CBD
P.Johnson provides a refreshing take on traditional dapper suiting by adding a hint of quirkiness and fun. More importantly they encourage their customers to add a personal touch to their made-to-measure garments which promises both function, originality and beauty. When it comes to shirting their team can assist customers with fabrics, colour, tone, drape, texture and body measurements to ensure the the optimal balance of quality and aesthetics.
86 -108 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
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.
Brands: Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Trenery, Thomas Pink, Lacoste, Witchery Man
The Bespoke Corner
3 Kings Cross Road, Kings Cross
The Bespoke Corner headed by Mens 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.
Brands: The Bespoke Corner
500 Oxford Street
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.
412-414 George Street
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, detail is kept at a minimal for 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.
Shop 126, Level 2, The Strand Arcade, 412-414 George Street
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.
Brands: Mister Mister
30/455 George Street
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.
Brands: M.J Bale
Suite 202, 90 Pitt Street
Sitting just above the Swiss Concept store in Sydney is a hidden gem called Kazuna. Besides offering up pure 100% Japanese made suits, Kazuna also does a dazzling array of custom shirts with options ranging from shirt collars right down to the sleeve cuffs. If Japanese craftsmanship, European fabrics and supreme fit is your game, then hit up Kazuna in the heart of Sydney.
129 King Street
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.
Brands: T.M Lewin
Level 3, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD
Harrolds is the store which stocks everything in the 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.
Brands: Tom Ford, Saint Laurent, Thom Browne, Givenchy