• Why White shirts are the real heroes of an outfit

    Like the Little Black Dress for women, a white shirt is key to a man’s wardrobe. And at EJs’, we can even have an option for beer bellies.

    For decades’ women have used the Little Black Dress as their go to piece of clothing for any occasion. For lads, there is one item just as versatile - although less celebrated.

    That’ll be the white shirt.

    At EJ’s, we think white shirts are the real heroes of an outfit, unappreciated, underestimated and underutilised.

    “There’s a pretty good reason why for us 80% of our shirt sales are white,” admits Mark Cunningham, one of our eagle-eyed style advisors.

    “White shirts will never go out of fashion, a good white shirt shows off the colour of the suit because of the contrast,” says Mark.

    Not to mention that white is easy to accessorise with any tie or bow tie, any colour, any pattern, any style. “There’s nothing that doesn’t go with a white shirt,” agrees Mark.

    “They suit any occasion from weddings and interviews to funerals. A lot of the time customers will come in looking for something different but often than not end up leaving with a white shirt. It’s the old reliable.”

    This might sound simple, but there is a skill to picking out the perfect white shirt.

    In simple terms, they can look sharp and they can look dull. You might think white is white – but believe it or not it’s a colour with tone that can change before your very eyes.

    When buying a white shirt and you want to look less like Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder, remember these steps:

    Colour: it’s important to choose a sharp white to highlight the contrast of colours, especially when buying to match with a suit.

    Touch/Feel: Mark explains what to look for when buying a high quality white shirt. “You need to search for a crisp white shirt with a nice soft touch/feel to ensure maximum comfort.

    Collar: There are many different styles of collars, from grandfather collar to wing collar to semi cut away, full cut away to name but a few; but the safest bet to go with when choosing a shirt to wear a tie with is the semi cut away collar to create the perfect shape for the tie to sit neatly.

    Weave: “Another key factor is the weave. You need to look for a two-ply cotton shirt, as it’s a slightly heavier weave and is superior to single ply fabrics. A lot of men are conscious of chest hair; tattoos etc. when attending formal or a family event, choosing a two-ply cotton shirt will eliminate this problem/worry.

    Trimming: If you’re looking for a shirt to cover formal and casual wear then there there’s even more to look out for. “Trimming and colour stitching on the button holes or on the inside of the collar can make a shirt work for a suit or jeans and blazer,” says Mark. “A basic plain white shirt won’t work without a tie, so you need some trimming and detail around the collar and button holes to make it interchangeable.”

    Casual look: For a more casual look there are button down shirts with softer collars for a more relaxed feel. Mark says “this works well with a smart casual blazer and chinos. A popular feature these days for a casual white shirt are coloured buttons with a glassed effect, which will give the shirt an extra lift under a blazer and really have a positive affect on the whole outfit.”

    Fit: Finding the fit that suits you is extremely important, there is nothing worse than a shirt hanging out at the back, sloppy on the sleeves and too big on the neck, equally there is nothing worse than a shirt that makes a guy look like he is wearing a straight jacket!!! i.e. – do not wear your shirt too tight! In general there are three fits; slim, tapered and regular. Finding the fit that suits you best is key, so next time your out buying a new shirt (at EJ’s of course) it is essential that you try it on before you purchase.

    Beer belly: Uh oh…only kidding. Mark informs us that in most tapered fit shirts there are two darts stitched in at the back to give the shirt a neater fit around the mid section, however these darts can be released, free of charge by EJ’s in-store alterations team, for any lad packing a bit of a beer belly, while keeping a good fit around the chest, shoulders and sleeves. Result!

    So all in all, we reckon a good quality white shirt will pay you back time and time again, but for those of you who do not hold a masters degree in white shirtology, how can you ensure you buy the right white shirt for you?

    According to Mark, there are three main styles that cater for different body types. “A slim shirt is a fashion piece for a man who wants a fitted shirt, a tapered shirt is smart, but not body hugging – that suits a work environment – and then a classic shirt has a more comfortable fit. And don’t forget the darts! Following these tips will ensure you get the perfect white shirt that is right for you in terms of colour, feel, fabrics, trimming and look.

    White shirts are versatile and can be worn with anything.. with one big exception. but Mark says under NO circumstances should you ever team a short-sleeve shirt with a suit.

    Not even EJ himself can pull that off.




  • Quality Never Goes Out Of Fashion!

    Introducing Ej Menswear

    Well hello there and welcome to our newly created blog! Took us long enough, yes, we know, but it’s finally here, up and running.
    This blogging thing is something completely new for me and possibly for you too. To be honest, I’m very cautious about what and how I post on the Internet, so you can only imagine - it took me some time to gather all my thoughts and actually start typing. Is it just me or is there really such a thing as the pressure of first blog? Like think about it - it's the first one, so you gotta make it good, it’s like first impression - you can’t take it back. AND it's gonna be out there forever. For anyone to see… Maybe it's just all in my head, that's what I tend to do - I think and I think and I think some more, then I rethink everything again until nothing makes sense anymore. Anyone else the same? No? Just me?!?
    Aaaanyways... After hours and hours of frantic research on Google, e-books, magazines (basically everything and anything that I could put my hands/eyes on), I decided on the first topic. Not to sound too vain, but it became obvious that it should be about us. Now when I say “us”, I don’t mean you and me “us”, I mean the Ej Menswear team and myself “us”. As much as we would like it, not everybody knows who we are or what we do (not yet anyways, maybe someday). Makes sense doesn’t it?
    So lets get acquainted. We started our journey as a premium menswear store in 1994, offering quality brands at excellent prices. Men’s fashion trends have come a loooong way since then and so have we, I mean Ej’s been in business for more than 20 years, so we must be doing something right, right?
    You can find our award - winning store in the heart of Sligo, in the northwest of Ireland. Oh, yeah, you heard right - award - winning! It’s been voted “Best Independent Retailer in the UK and Ireland”. Not bad for a small independent retail business, huh?

    The customer really is a priority here, quality service is a promise, vast choice is guaranteed plus the lads are always up for some craic, which will make your shopping experience that much more enjoyable, even for the guys, who’re not too keen on shopping for new threads. If you're ever in Sligo - pop in and make sure of it yourself - the staff is friendly and they don't bite (as far as I know).
    We took the next brave step and launched our online shop in summer of 2015. Trust me when I say - it wasn't easy. We're still working on it every day, trying to make the online shopping experience as easy and convenient as we can for you guys! It takes a lot of time, patience, effort and sometimes even sleepless nights. Not my nights though, no, I sleep like a baby (not that it’s relevant, but why not share anyways?!). I’m talking about the guys who’re developing, coding, encrypting (and all those other fancy/boring programming words) the site and making all that possible, bet they’ve had a few of those. Big shout out to the guys! Cheers!
    Bare in mind we’re new in the blogosphere and we’re learning this as we go. We'll try to keep things interesting and versatile as much as possible, telling you all about what's hip and happening in our world and the world of men’s fashion. Thank you for joining us on this new and exciting journey and remember – quality never goes out of fashion!

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