How To Wash A Dress Shirt

How do you wash a dress shirt? For all you gentlemen out there who prefer to take care of business yourself, rather than sending your shirts for washing or dry-cleaning, here is a break-down of how to best wash your cotton dress-shirts!

Pre-treat stains

Stains are not going to remove themselves, specially as a dress shirt generally should be washed on a low temperature. Pre-treat any stain by scrubbing it with stain remover, detergent, or dish soap, then let it sit for about 30 minutes, before washing. Pay extra attention to the collar as it might have sweat marks that need to be removed.

close up of white shirt and red lipstick on it


Collar stays

Always remove collar stays before washing! First of all, they might disappear in the washer. Second of all, the collar wings might warp around the collar stays and create a weird shape. Third of all, the collar stay might leave a trace at the surface of the collar. Enough said.

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Use the right laundry detergent

It goes without saying that you should divide the different colors of a shirt. But then you must choose a good detergent that protects the color of the shirts as well. Do not ever use a detergent with bleach ever, unless it is for washing white shirts, as the color of the shirt might fade.

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Use the right washing cycle

A dress shirt should be washed on a delicate or cold cycle, generally for about 30 minutes. If you wash the shirt on a higher temperature then you might experience that the shirts shrink beyond what is expected, as cotton is a fiber that shrinks when exposed to warm water.

wash cycle delicate


Finish the right way

Hang dry your shirts. The best way is to put them on hangers to avoid unnecessary creasing. The shirts do not have to be entirely dry before you iron them, you might find that it is easier to even our the creases on a slightly moist cotton shirt. But please, do not put the shirts in the dryer, and if you really have to, then this should be on the lowest temperature possible.

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The Met Gala: The Best Tuxedos of the Red Carpet

At the Met Galla, the biggest Fashion testimony of the year, wild and interesting outfits are applauded, and for this year’s theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an age of technology”, the gents did not hold back! While some opted for a real dress-up, here are the best tuxedo looks of the red carpet.

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom in PradaIt’s rather safe plaid, but we’ve said it before, and we say it again. A classic tuxedo look spiced up with a colored jacket. It cannot go wrong!

Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddelston Ralph Lauren Purple Label

Hiddleston looks impeccable in Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Perfectly tailored, and extra points for the traditional tail coat, which seemed to be a popular choice for the evening!

Jared Leto

Jared Leto in Gucci

Jared Leto is up there with the boldest gents of the night, yet carrying his Gucci tux with style. To replace a bow tie, Leto sports a silver brooch with blue details, the way only he can. Our tip is to opt for a bib on the shirt next time, to avoid a sheer look!


Diplo in Calvin Klein

A green tuxedo from Calvin Klein, with subtle lapels, matching shirt and a black tie. It’s a look to love or hate, and we love it. Notice the ultra trendy patent shoes with crossed bands.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba in Tom Ford

Tom Ford knows how to make the ultimate Tuxedo, and Idris Elba knows how to rock one. finished with patent shoes and a small detail on wide lapels, this look wins the night! It’s your world Mr. Elba, we are just living in it.


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Poplin, End-on-End, Oxford: Your Ultimate Summer Weaves

Buying a dress shirt is one thing, but there are plenty of types of weaves and patterns. So how do you know what which fabric to look for while shopping your summer shirts? ManuelRacim explains it all!

The Poplin Shirt

The poplin weave, also commonly referred to as broadcloth, is the most standard shirt texture, and is woven in a simple criss cross pattern. It breathes very well and is the perfect fabric to wear under a suit during summer season. Because the fabric is so light at hand, it looks good with a striped or gingham pattern.

Poplin Shirt Blue

The End-On-End Shirt

The end-on-end shirt is the same as a poplin, but woven with two or more colors, for a two-toned appearance. An end-on-end weave allows for a fabric to look interesting up close, while maintaining the look of a solid shirt.

end on end weave shirt

The Oxford Shirt

The Oxford shirt feels much more textured at hand than other fabrics. It has interlacing warp and weft threads that forms into a basket weave, and is popular for more casual shirts, because of its aesthetics. A solid fabric will have a nice casual look, while a patterned shirt will have a nice color pop.

Oxford weave shirt

Wedding Season: The Satin Shirt

A satin weave does not have to be shiny! On the contrary, a charmeuse satin weave has a dull surface, but looks more dense than a normal poplin shirt, even if it’s just as thin. Whether you are tying the knot with your special someone, or plan to go to a wedding during this upcoming season, this is your perfect go-to shirt.

Satin Weave Shirt

Batman Vs. Superman – The Battle Of The Real Suits

It is all about superheroes and their suits this month! Let’s all take a break from our daily duties, and pay homage to Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck for their roles as the man of steel and the dark knight, in their new movie Batman Vs. Superman. Now, the battle of the superheroes are on everyone’s lips, but the only question we are concerned about is which one of these gents win the prize as the most dapper. So who is the best dressed man, Henry Cavill or Ben Affleck?

The Gray Suit

The gents tend to sport to very different looks, as portrayed below. Henry Cavill dressed  up in a light gray end-on-end suit, paired with a wide grenadine tie in a double windsor knot, to match his cutaway collar. Ben Affleck aims for a more simplistic style, and pairs a charcoal gray suit with a small forward point collar and a skinny tie. Both look terrific, but we favor Affleck’s simplistic style.

Cavill Affleck Gray Suit

The 3-piece Suit

Ben Affleck Sports a solid navy 3-piece suit with a green tie, and we love the subtle look, but Henry Cavill looks ravishing in tapered, pinstriped 3-piece, paired with a tie to draw extra attention.
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The Tuxedo

The choice is again between the flashy, confident style, and the subtle gentleman look. Cavill’s large bow tie is a perfect match for his tuxedo’s wide lapels, and makes the perfect classic look. Affleck, however, wins this round, in his modern tuxedo with silk edge lapels, and minimalistic bow tie. Notice how they both sport a covered placket instead of studs!

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Our 4 most popular shirt collars, and which types suit your face best

To not just pick a shirt collar, but pick the right collar type, is a difficult choice! Leave it up to our customers to guide you towards the most popular looks today, and get our pointers on which collar goes better with your face shape.

1. Small Forward Point Collar

The ultimate classic! For a traditional look with an updated twist, choose the small forward point collar that has more body, and shorter points than the ever traditional forward point collar. The style complements a round face shape, and fits with most ties.


2. Cutaway Collar

The Cutaway collar is modern, but not overboard. It is a versatile collar that looks good both with and without a tie, and despite of its rather wide spread, a big tie knot is really no required to pull off the look! An oval or squared face shape fits this collar perfectly. (Here’s a tip; you can use the trendy metal pins on this collar)

Cutaway Collar

3. Semi Cutaway Collar

The Semi Cutaway Collar is also referred to as a classic English spread collar. As it is less spread, the wings of the collar makes it a bigger one than the classic cutaway, which many prefer. It is a great collar for a long neck!


4. Button Down Collar

The button down collar is a favorite go to for a casual shirt. The collar holds up well while unbuttoned, and plenty of our fashionistas like to wear it with a tie, a look that is coming back full force.

Button Down Collar


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2 Gingham Shirts: Fabrics To Style With Any Outfit

A gingham shirt is a wardrobe staple. The fabric should have a versatile style, so that it can be put to use whether you are wearing a formal suit and tie, a cardigan, or want to go for an all casual outfit. Here are two multicolored gingham fabrics that we absolutely adore!


Red And Blue Gingham Shirt

We dare you to find a suit in your wardrobe that doesn’t match this shirt. It can easily be styled with colors like navy, charcoal, black, light gray, or anything that doesn’t involve a brown hue. This shirt is styled with a button down mini collar, so while still making room for your favorite skinny tie, it holds up perfectly if you want to skip the tie. The oxford weave makes the white collar extra sharp.

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Red Blue Multicheck gingham


Blue and Brown Gingham Shirt

Searching for something that you actually can wear with a brown suit? Look no further. This multicolored gingham shirt is incredibly soft, and you will love to wear it on a lazy sunday with a pair of jeans. However, it is more than sharp enough to sport with a suit as well. Pair it with a navy tie, and you’ve got the look!

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Blue Brown Multicheck gingham

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Countdown To The Oscars 2016: The Best Male Movie Outfits

It is finally Oscars week! The 88th Academy Awards is this Sunday, and while we are waiting eagerly for the red carpet action, making predictions on which nominees have the best odds of winning, making bets on whether it will happen for Leonardo DiCaprio or not this year, let’s have a look at the best dressed men of the nominated movies! From old school to ultra modern, there is something for everyone.

The Martian: Chiwetel Ejifor

Chiwetel Ejifor has proved himself as an actor, and makes a good supporting role in The Martian. However, what catches our attention are his ultra modern outfits, consisting of sharp shirts and knitted ties, paired with slim fit suits.

Chiwetel Ejiofor The Martian

Spotlight: Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts’ husband is pretty much the only one who has any thing to show for as far as fashion goes, portrayed as Marty Baron in Spotlight. But hey, with a forward point collar, printed tie, and a black suit, he has a bulletproof look. Extra points for the glasses!

Liev Schreiber Spotlight

The Big Short: Ryan Gosling

It is no news to our readers that we applaud several Of Ryan Goslings looks in The Big Short. Statement suits and bold looks will always win in our book!

Ryan Gosling The Big Short

Bridge Of Spies: Tom Hanks

Portrayed as New York Lawyer James Donovan during The Cold War, Tom Hanks takes fashion back in time as well. The classics should be appreciated, and this look deserves a spot on our list. Notice the concealed button down collar, and the pin striped suit.

bridge of spies Tom Hanks

Brooklyn: Emory Cohen

Portraying a charming Italian-American, Emory Cohen carries the 1940’s casual look exactly how we love it. Oversized shirt with folded sleeves, wide pants, trendy shades, and a stylish lady by his side. Coney Island anyone?

Emory Cohen as "Tony" and Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved


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Red Carpet: The Best Dressed Gents of The Grammys

The 58th Grammy Awards kicked off last night, and the gentlemen looked as dapper as ever on the red carpet, daring to sport outfits out of the ordinary. Check out the best dressed!

Jack Antonoff

Jack Antonoff, Grammys Red Carpet

We applaude Jack Antonoff for giving this classic look a twist, in the form of a grey tux jacket, not to mention patent shoes! The shirt is a classic white tuxedo shirt with a covered placket.

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Any true ManuelRacim customer is aware of our polka dotted shirt obsession. Common decided to take it one step further, by adding dots to the jacket lapels as well. A risky move indeed, but with black buttons and no further details, this look is one of our favorites!

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Sam Hunt


Sam Hunt D&G, Grammys Red Carpet

Speaking of risky! Sam Hunt sported a pale pink suit, and again, the minimalistic detailing makes the outfit a winner. Worn with a sharp white button down collar shirt, and dark brown shoes, Hunt achieves the perfect balance.

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Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)

The Weeknd, all black, Grammys red carpet

Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, went for a all black look, a style that is currently as trendy as can be, but remains classic and discreet. Extra points for the black poplin shirt with covered plackets! We love it.

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith Grammys red carpet

We have said it before, and we say it again. You cannot go wrong with a three piece suit! This tapered, dark blue, pinstriped suit makes a great look for Sam Smith, who paired it with a detailed tie and pocket square. A classic white point collar shirt is nice and discreet.

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James Bay

James Bay, Burberry, Grammys Red Carpet

This is the prime example of how to best add your own style to a dress code. James Bay sported a velvet tuxedo jacket, slim pants, suede boots and a wide brimmed hat. On top of that, he let his long hair hang free. This is confidence all the way from the red carpet to the stage!

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Which Look Is Your Favorite?

Placket Or No Placket?

The shirt placket, meaning the front surrounding the buttons or a dress shirt’s closure, can have several different styles. Do you ever wonder which one is the best option? As always, it depends. Do you want a visible placket your shirt, or do you prefer a plain look? Are you styling a tuxedo shirt, or looking to sport a good office attire? Opinions on this matter vary, but we have the scoop!


No placket (French Placket)

The French placket is a classic, plain style, and definitely our favorite (we are French, after all). Some people view this placket type as more casual, but we are all for a simplistic modern look in the office. This plain front can also be used for a tuxedo shirt

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Grey Shirt French Placket



Visible Placket (American Placket)

The American placket is a bullet proof choice for anything business, as it is considered a standard office style. It is also the perfect placket style to pair with a pocket and a button down collar, for a more relaxed look.

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Gray Striped Shirt American Placket

Covered Placket (Fly Front)

A covered placket is by far the most formal option, and can be used both for a classic shirt, as well as a tuxedo shirt (that is is you are skipping the studs). An extra layer is folded over to hide the front buttons completely.

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White Dress Shirt Covered Placket


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French Cuffs Vs. Simple Cuffs

Choosing between French cuffs and simple cuffs, and how to wear them, might differ depending on occasion and environment. Are you for instance going for a casual or conservative office look? Are you going to a formal wedding, or an outdoor event? We’ve got you covered. Here are 3 different cuffs, and how to wear them for the right occasion!

French Cuffs

The French cuff is a fold-over cuff is definitely the most traditional and traditional alternative. It is a bulletproof look for formal wedding or a black tie event, as it tends to be a very popular choice for a tuxedo shirt.

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Simple Cuffs

The Simple cuff is a much more appropriate for a casual spring/summer event, not to mention more comfortable, as it has half the amount of fabric around the cuff! Wear this with a light suit, khakis or slacks. Here’s a bonus tip; Silk knot cufflinks look effortlessly chic for a shirt like this. Get them here.

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The Convertible Cuffs

The convertible cuff is a game changer for a man who enjoys wearing cufflinks on certain occasions, yet opts for a buttoned cuff for the every-day look. The convertible cuff offers a button which can be hidden on the inside of the sleeve on the occasions that you’d prefer to sport a pair of cufflinks.

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