Based on work environment i’m always in the search for dress shirts, so much so that I’ve started a shirts of best fitting dress shirts for the fit man on my youtube channel. This has led me down a rabbit hole of known and unknown brands that have or may not have sizes for us Fit Men. I personally like to find brands that fly under the radar, ones that may not have enough reviews online, and surprisingly I’ve found success there. One that came across my way due to a Facebook ad is Paul Fredrick. Up until two weeks ago I’ve never heard of it so I decided to pull the trigger and see what it’s all about. Before getting into the nitty gritty of the shirt I purchased, and since I haven’t seen much about Paul Fredrick online, let’s see what the company is about.
Paul Fredrick is an online company, headquarters in Pennsylvania, that designs and manufactures all aspects of menswear fro shirts, to suits to shoes and everything in between. Being in business for 30 years gives them some expertise in the shirt making process.Not alot of information on this company, mixed reviews online, only a couple of my style friend have heard of them but I’m excited to form my own opinion about this brand.
Starting from the top, the collar is a size 16 which is typical of the dress shirts I get. Again, to see if this fits you, two fingers should comfortably fit in and go around the neck when button. If it can’t then it’s too tight and if there is a lot of room there, it’s too loose. Being a button down collar, it doesn’t come with collar stays because the button plays that role. The length of the collar from the top to the collar point is 2.5 inches which is good for me. It frames my face properly and also proportionally appropriate. There’s debate if one should wear a tie with a button, it’s all persona preference.
It’s a classic fit shirt so the chest doesn’t feel tight nor does it have a balloon effect. There is a bit of room there in case my chest grows, which it has a tendency of doing. It comes with a chest pocket which I’m not too fond of, I prefer a clean aesthetic on the chest. They do offer shirts with no chest pocket, I just picked the wrong one.
Coming all the way down to my hips, this is definitely a dress shirt that should be tucked in, it’ll look sloppy if left untucked. When tucked it may create a muffin top because it is a classic fit. That can be fix by simply going for their taper fit or slim fit cuts or if you choose the classic fit, a tailor can put darts in the back to slim the side a bit, shirt and pant garters can do the trick as well.
Sleeves run about 35 inches. The way they measure that is start the measuring tape at the middle of the back of a shirt and go all the way down to the end of the sleeve. If you want to know your exact sleeve length have someone help you, measure from the middle of your back down to tour wrist. These sleeves come with double pleats which gives it some room for the Fit Man who has sizable forearms and if you like your sleeves covering your watch, it helps too.
I automatically look for two things: split yoke and pleats. This shirt has both. The split yoke gives me the stretch I need for my sloping shoulders and the center pleats adds to the mobility. However, center pleats don’t gives as much mobility as side pleats but it’s still better than no pleats.
It is a classic fit shirt so there is some looseness with it. That can be taken care of by a tailor but my concern is if tapered one part would compromise the fit on another. Being a 100% cotton, it doesn’t stretch so having a classic fit cut makes the movements easier. Keep that in mind if you want a tapered or slim fit. Because of the fullness of the classic fit, you may develop a little muffin top when you tuck it in. Comfort level i’ll give it a 90%, a little tightness at the end of the shoulders is a little annoyance.
So is this brand worth it? For affordable dress shirts, sure. The tightness on the shoulders when moving the arms might be resolved with side pleats. At the point I take my dress shirts to the dry cleaners even tho they recommend putting it in a luke warm cycle in the laundry machine. They have ongoing sales so you hardly buy shirt at their regular price, price that are comparable to Charles Tyrwhitt.