Dress Shirts

Published on October 3rd, 2016 | by Janine Giorgenti


How a Shirt Collar Should Fit

Snug. Comfortable. Stylish.

By Janine Giorgenti

Your dress shirt collar should fit comfortably, without being loose. Ideally, you want your collar to fit as ‘snug’ as possible, without sacrificing comfort. When your neck is buttoned, you should be able to fit 1-2 fingers in between your neck and the collar. Conversely, you do not want too much space between your neck and collar.

My advice for heavier set individuals is to ensure that their necks are not “puffing” out over the top region of the collar.


If your – buttoned – collar feels uncomfortable or tight, but you still have a large gap between the collar and the back of your neck; you will want to employ a – neck forward – posture adjustment.

If you’re purchasing a dress shirt “out of the box”, you may want to purchase a 1/2-inch larger than your neck size, to account for shrinkage.

Not wearing a tie? No problem! You may actually want the collar to be a little bit tighter. Furthermore, a buttoned collar – sans tie – may actually give the open collar a more pronounced appearance.

For the ultimate, most comfortable, and best fitting dress shirt – your best option is having a shirt custom made for you! This way, your proper neck measurements, neck height, and neck posture are taken into consideration.

Looking for a beautiful new custom fitted dress shirt? Giorgenti custom shirts are made to fit your lifestyle!


Book your fitting with Janine Giorgenti at Giorgenti New York’s new Garden City location!

Call (516) 200-4088 (office) or (646) 957-6916 (cell).

The Garden City showroom is located at:

1325 Franklin Avenue
Suite 255
Garden City, NY 11530

About the Author

Janine Giorgenti

For over 25 years, Janine Giorgenti, renowned fashion designer and image consultant – has provided a long line of satisfied clients with unparalleled service and first class made-to-measure custom suits. Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, CBS, and other top media outlets – Janine has established a clientele of some of New York’s most successful and discerning professionals – including such New York dignitaries as former New York Islanders legend Bobby Nystrom and chief economist Dr. Irwin Kellner.

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How a Shirt Collar Should Fit

by Janine Giorgenti