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June 16, 2006

The Amputated Dress Shirt

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Suits — Izzy @ 12:34 pm

Marc Jacobs short-sleeved shirt

According to The New York Times, young designers like Marc Jacobs, Thom Browne, Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders, Alexander McQueen, and Michael Bastian are offering stylish versions of the short-sleeved dress shirt this summer.

The article rightly points out that this look will work, if at all, only on men who’ve spent a lot of time at gym. It fails to note, however, that the short-sleeve dress shirt is the only element of men’s businesswear that derives from women’s clothing. Izzy believes that that should be all you need to know when deciding whether to don one.


  1. Odd that you should post this today. I was just thinking of a high school flame and what I would say to him if we were to meet again. I decided I would ask, “What compelled you to buy a short-sleeved dress shirt?”

    Comment by Never teh Bride — June 16, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

  2. I confess that all through all middle and some high school, shirts like this were part of my wardrobe. This is what happens when you let your mother decide wether or not something looks good. No wonder I never had any girlfriends.

    Comment by Rob D. — June 16, 2006 @ 10:07 pm

  3. Geek chic. That said, that’s the best-looking geek I’ve ever seen.

    Comment by enygma — June 17, 2006 @ 9:40 am

  4. Enygma, that’s exactly what I was thinking.

    Comment by JaneC — June 18, 2006 @ 2:39 am

  5. Aw, geek chic is HOT.

    Comment by cari — June 19, 2006 @ 2:36 am

  6. My thoughts, too!

    Comment by Lori — June 19, 2006 @ 6:12 pm

  7. Oops…I wear shot sleeved dress shirts. I’m wearing one right now, as a matter of fact! I didn’t think about how the look, I just thought about the comfort level. When I wear long sleeved shirts, I’m always having to roll up the sleeves when I’m working on something or it gets hot in the office – which it does, a lot.

    Comment by Bryan — June 20, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

  8. Bryan, I think long-sleeved shirts rolled up look way better than short-sleeved dress shirts. Maybe you could get a fan for your office.

    Comment by Lori — June 20, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

  9. Short sleeved dress shirts are abominable. They remind me of some old school accountant with the full on pocket protector and green visor. Although fashion does change over time, it is also noteworthy to point out that every single ‘nerd’ in Saved by the Bell rocked out in a short sleeved dress shirt. Unless you’re a 70-year-old man going to the race track in the summer, it will always look ridiculous. JMHO for what its worth (not much I guess).


    Comment by Dylan — June 22, 2006 @ 10:46 am

  10. Check out CBS’ Sunday Morning show about short-sleeve dress shirts.

    Comment by Lazarwolf — June 24, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

  11. Hey, I’ve got a Polo Pin Striped Dress Shirt that is short sleeved and definitely a comfortable shirt that I rotated into the wardrobe. Girlfriend hates it.
    By the way- linen shirts are a hassle because they wrinkle so easily.

    Comment by Chris Bott — December 9, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

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