The Aloha Shirt: History and Style

The origins of the Aloha shirt can be traced back to 1920s and early 1930s Hawaii. It was inspired by and first made out of Japanese work kimono fabrics, and took the name “Aloha” from the propensity of the 1930s … Continue reading

The Custom Knit Shirt

Knit shirts have long been a staple of business casual menswear. Comfortable and versatile, they can be styled with garments of different texture, weight, and formality to achieve a wide variety of looks. Our custom knit shirts are fully customizable … Continue reading

Wrinkle Resistance Ratings

Wrinkle resistance is entirely a matter of personal preference. Some guys will want their shirts to look just-pressed at all times, while others may not mind the lived-in look some wrinkles can give a shirt after a day’s wear. Our … Continue reading

Dress Shirt Fabrics Overview

Here we provide the definitive overview of the different types of fabrics commonly used in dress shirts.  By understanding what the different weaves mean for a fabric you can be sure to find the ideal dress shirt fabric for your … Continue reading

Formaldehyde in Clothing and Non-Iron Shirts

History of Formaldehyde in Textiles Formaldehyde resins have been used to treat textiles, particularly cotton since the 1920’s. Formaldehyde treatments are usually applied to combat wrinkling, improve stain resistance/colorfastness, and prevent mildew. Essentially, it has been used to make apparel … Continue reading

Wrinkle-Resistant vs Non-Iron Dress Shirts

What’s the difference in wrinkle resistance between non-iron and wrinkle-resistant dress shirts? Non-Iron treated shirts are going to have superior wrinkle-resisting performance compared to wrinkle-resistant shirts. Wrinkle-resistant fabrics definitely need to be ironed or pressed after they are washed for a … Continue reading

Opacity Ratings

Proper Cloth’s Opacity Ratings: We rate each of our fabrics in terms of its opacity to give our customers a good idea of what to expect from them. We do this on a 1-5 scale, with 1 being the least … Continue reading

Chambray vs Denim

Overview While chambray (below) and denim (above) are often confused for one another, they’re not exactly the same fabric. A chambray is a plain weave fabric woven with a colored yarn in the warp and a white yarn in the … Continue reading

Fabric Thickness and Weight

Overview When choosing a dress shirt fabric, you may want to consider how the thickness and construction of the fabric will play a role in how warm it is, how easily it wrinkles, and whether it’s sheer or opaque. Proper … Continue reading

Dobby Dress Shirt Fabrics

Dobby fabrics can come in a variety of styles and are often mistaken with “Jacquard” fabrics, though there are some subtle differences between the two. You can find very thin dobby fabrics that you might mistake with a broadcloth and … Continue reading

Flannel Shirt Fabrics

A flannel shirt fabric is a particularly soft woven fabric that has undergone a special brushing treatment to get a fuzzy texture. Some flannels are brushed on only one side, while others are brushed on both sides. Many might be … Continue reading

Mini Grid Shirt Fabrics

The mini grid is a popular dress shirt pattern featuring thin vertical and horizontal stripes that create a gridded pattern throughout the shirt. From a distance the shirt most often looks like a solid color, but as you get closer … Continue reading

Tartan Shirt Fabrics

While tartans originated as wool fabrics, they have become popular fabrics for sport shirts over the years–especially for fall and winter. Tartans are particular styles of plaids associated with Scottish clans. Some of the most popular styles are Black Watch, … Continue reading


Tattersall is a pattern featuring alternating grids that are interwoven into the cloth. They most often have one grid that is a darker color and one grid in a lighter color. Tattersall came into popularity in London around the 1770s … Continue reading

University Stripe Fabrics

A University Stripe is a very popular style of dress shirt fabric featuring alternating even stripes slightly under 1/8″ in width. This is a timeless style that can easily be worn with a suit and tie in business settings. These … Continue reading