Five Signs It’s Time for a New Dress Shirt

While it’s acceptable to have a well-worn pair of jeans, showing up for work or a meeting with a worn out dress shirt sends the wrong message.

Did you know that very garment actually has a “life expectancy?” A quality dress shirt is generally made from cotton or a cotton blended fabric and should last about 2 years. Like any garment that you wear regularly, dress shirts will begin to show signs of wear and tear. Including:

  1. Frayed cuffs and collars
  2. Thinning fabric, especially around the elbows and sleeves
  3. Faded or dingy color
  4. Stains
  5. Holes

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=dress+shirt&iid=5253018″ src=”″ width=”152″ height=”152″ /]¬†Keep in mind that the more often you wear a dress shirt, the faster it will wear out. ¬† To maximize the life of your dress shirts, it’s recommended to build up your wardrobe so you don’t have to wear the same shirt more than once a week, and of course have the shirt professionally cleaned and pressed regularly.

Also, starch can cause dress shirts to wear out sooner. So if you really like a particular dress shirt, try skipping the starch every few cleanings.

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