Buying a shirt can be a hassle. You either get quality at a high price, or, ahem, crap when paying a low price. Or you just can’t find one that fits your shape. To help you with finding the best men’s shirts in Singapore, we’ve put together some top high street shops and smaller boutique options. We’ve also got some good tailors who make men’s shirts for formal and casual wear – that will fit you just right. As they say: the shirt makes the man!
The Prestigious Bespoke
Headed by university lecturer Thomas Wong, a master tailor who has been in the industry for close to 60 years, The Prestigious Bespoke is Singapore’s only bespoke tailoring house that cuts and makes commissions in-house. All apparel – suits, shirts and more – are crafted by hand by the experienced team of tailors, from start till end and under one roof at their boutique.
To get a shirt tailored, it takes around two weeks for new clients, and just one week for returning customers. The magic lies in Master Wong’s ability to translate three-dimensional bodily posture graphics into one-dimensional block paper, before transferring it onto a basted fabric for trial. Based on your feedback, adjustments will be reflected onto your personal paper block before being transferred onto the selected fabric. Before the fabric is cut, your tailor will make sure the fabric stripes and patterns align throughout the finished product – a testament of the team’s attention to detail. Dress shirt prices start from $180. Popular fabrics include Alumo, Soktas and Albini.
Psst… The Prestigious Bespoke is also one of Singapore’s rare houses to offer bespoke traditional Balinese Batik shirts!
CYC Made to Measure
Founded in 1935, this heritage label is known as one of the most established tailors in Singapore. The successful local business is popular for its high-quality, custom-made shirts and suits for both men and women, and has even served some of the most important change-makers in Singapore, including the late Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew! Every detail can be personalised, from the choice of fabric (there’s a fab selection of imported materials) to the buttons and collar style. If you prefer something off the rack, check out their online store, which stocks ready-to-wear shirts in the coolest designs. Look out for their design collaborations; in the past, they’ve collaborated with Mickey and Marvel on original capsule collections.
Prices start from $109 for a tailored shirt. In a hurry? Opt for the two-day express service (additional $15). Otherwise, delivery takes around two weeks after your appointment.
#02-11/12 Capitol Piazza
13 Stamford Road
#01-06 Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
The Shirt Bar
This local label offers high quality men’s shirts in a wide selection of prints and fabrics. The team works with socially responsible partners and rolls out new designs that are not limited by the seasons. Shop from classic formal shirts to quirky casuals in fun patterns, at eight locations across Singapore.
Whichever you pick, the shirts are all specially made with technologically advanced finishing and functions to make them as comfortable as possible! German interlinings, which are amongst the best in the industry, are used in the collars so they’re well-structured yet snug. There’s even a cool range of spill-resist shirts, which uses a breathable fabric that repel liquids and release stains so you can avoid any potentially embarrassing boo-boos.
Psst… No time to visit their boutiques? You can also shop online on their snazzy site! Islandwide delivery is free for all local orders.
Meiko Tailor carries premium quality shirting fabrics from some of the finest mills from England, Italy and Switzerland including brands like Alumo, Baird McNutt, Soktas, Tessitura Monti and Thomas Mason. You’ll get to customise little details, such as the collar, buttons, and even personalised initials on the shirt or cufflinks. Prices for their in-house, custom-made business shirts start at $159 (100% Egyptian cotton). You can also top up to have their signature collar design and inner collar lining included to add a dash of dapper to your dress shirt.
New to the boutique is Baird McNutt, a brand known for its gorgeous Irish linen. Perfect for Singapore’s humid climate, the soft and breathable fabric keeps you cool yet looking polished when you dress it up with a well-tailored jacket, or when you dress down by pairing it with smart chinos or linen berms. One may think that linen wrinkles easily, but it actually looks best with a few creases. The best part is that it’s also machine washable! Available in sky blue, wine pink, washed blue and ashen grey.
#02-01 Pan Pacific Singapore,
7 Raffles Boulevard
#02-17 Asia Square Tower 2 (weekdays only)
12 Marina View
From lightweight basics to spiffier outfits, this affordable Japanese clothing chain has been a top favourite since its arrival here. You’ll find a great assortment of men’s shirts – including winter options for colder climates.
The Australian store – which has stores in over 12 countries – has a wide-range of different shirts for men, at a very affordable price. There are about 21 Cotton On stores located across Singapore.
With all the latest styles and colours, Topman has every shirt you need. Some are more expensive than others, but you still get a wide range of choice and they are reasonably affordable. There are two stores: ION Orchard Mall (#B3-02) and VivoCity (#01-72).
The Singaporean online shop has a huge range of the latest fashionable shirts any man would need, from a huge list of brands. And you don’t even have to leave the house to make a purchase!
Looking for comfy basic tees? This locally-based label practises a sustainable and socially-conscious production process. The shirts are made of 100 percent organic cotton, which make them great for those with sensitive skin or allergies.
Founded by the folks behind café and retail store Monument Lifestyle, this menswear label focuses comfortable, everyday fashion that’s made in Los Angeles. Shop the range at Monument Lifestyle (75 Duxton Road) or online at duxton.com.