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!
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 fuss-free, check out their online store, which stocks standard-size shirts in the coolest and most popular designs. Keep a lookout for their seasonal sought-after Limited Edition collections designed by their very own in-house design team.
Prices start from $109 for a tailored shirt.
#01-12 Capitol Piazza
13 Stamford Road
#01-06 Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
The Shirt Bar
What started out as a design house, working for many leading international brands, has led to this local brand finding and filling a gap in the market – between luxury (inaccessible to most) and fast fashion (not environmentally-friendly or sustainable). Despite higher production costs, The Shirt Bar team works with ethical factories that are given audits to evaluate fair wages, hours and more. You can shop their classic formal shirts to quirky casuals in fun patterns at six locations across Singapore. Each of the concept stores has a bar counter with free tea, coffee and even dress-up tips if needed. In fact, the company recently won the Singapore Tourism Award for the Best Retail Store Experience!
* 24/7 vending machines are available in case you need a belt, a necktie or something else for your suit at any odd time of the day or night!
* Most of the suits, blazers and pants have features like RFID-protected pockets that protect your credit cards and other personal info from security theft.
* The shirts and neckties are spill-resistant.
* Made from bamboo fabric, the brand’s Eco-ol shirts are anti-odour, cool and non-iron (we like the sound of this!).
You can shop online, and delivery is free for all local orders. There’s also a good gift selection with ties, clever T-shirts and cufflinks – think Valentine’s
Day, birthdays and anniversaries!
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. 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!
Choose from 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 in-house, custom-made business shirts start at $159 (100% Egyptian cotton).
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
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.
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.