If there is an item in your wardrobe that you can almost never have enough of it’s definitely a basic white button up shirt.
A white button up shirt is easily the most versatile item you will ever own as it can be worn with almost anything in your wardrobe.
In fact, I like to think of a white button up shirt similar to a blank canvas on which you can add a variety of different layers, patterns, and colours.
But as great as white button up shirts are not all of them were created equal. Some are definitely better than others when it comes to fit and quality.
Recently, I had the wonderful people over at Batch Shirts reach out to me to in order to review one of their white button up shirts.
Let me just say that I’ve gone through my fair share of button up shirts over the years and have seen everything from the good, the bad, to the downright ugly, and I can tell you that Batch shirts definitely fit into the good category.
Actually, scratch that.
Batch shirts fit into the great category.
Allow me to explain.
What Makes Batch Shirts So Great?
One of the interesting things about Batch Shirts is that they have literally turned the process of fitting a dress shirt upside down.
What do I mean?
Normally when you go into a store looking for a button up shirt you choose it based on its collar size and sleeve length.
Not with Batch shirts.
Instead, with Batch shirts you choose a shirt based on your waist size. This is a key difference because the vast majority of off the rack (OTR) shirts are way too baggy through the midsection, especially for guys who are in shape. This is because we have a larger drop between our chest and waist measurements than the average guy. By sizing the shirt at the waist, Batch Shirts solves this common pain point for many guys out there.
Batch Shirts’ motto is, “When the waist fits great, the rest falls into place” and I really couldn’t agree more.
The other thing that makes Batch shirts great is their quality. These are not your run-of-the-mill shirts that you can pick up from your local Gap or H&M. Batch shirts are designed in-house and a great deal of care is put into the details.
For example, one of the cool features of Batch shirts is that they use real mother of pearl buttons whereas most inexpensive shirts use plastic. For those of you who don’t know, mother of pearl buttons are created from the inside of fresh and saltwater shells. This gives each of the buttons a distinctive look and feel, not to mention making them more durable as well. It’s a small detail that separates Batch shirts from its competitors.
Some other great features you will notice with Batch shirts are their signature contrast collar detail, reinforced elbow patches, and their extra soft interlining at the collar and cuffs. These are small tweaks to the standard white button up shirt, but it’s these details that really elevate the style and quality of Batch shirts.
The other thing that I like about Batch shirts is that they are made with nice, powerful collars that stand up tall. None of the wimpy, slim collars you see so often on button up shirts these days. Tall collars simply look better, especially when you are wearing a sports jacket or blazer.
Lastly, Batch shirts are made from 100% mercerized cotton. This means they are easy to care for. You can machine wash them (just remember to turn the shirt inside out in order to protect the mother of pearl buttons) and throw them in the dryer (although I’m partial to hang drying). A quick press with the iron and they are good to go.
How To Wear A Batch Shirt
The Batch shirt I’m wearing below is their basic white button down shirt with a navy contrasting collar. I recommend wearing this type of shirt more casually with things like denim, shorts, chinos, and khakis etc.
The key to pulling off a casual look with a long sleeve button up shirt is perfecting the sleeve roll. I recommend taking it up to your elbows for a clean yet relaxed look.
In the images below I’ve paired the Batch button up shirt with a pair of Aiden 7 3/4″navy club shorts from Banana Republic (which they no longer sell anymore), a braided full grain brown leather belt from L.L. Bean, a casual brown leather strap watch from MVMT, and casual sneakers from Aldo.
For sake of reference I’m 6’0″, 185lbs with a 41-42″ chest and a 31-32″ waist. The shirt size is a medium.
Here is a great shot of the overall fit:
Here is a close up of the elbow patches:
And because the temperature often drops at night and it gets a little breezy where I live here’s an example of layering up with a cashmere/cotton blend cardigan from J.Crew.
As you can see, the fit of the shirt is fantastic for something that is off the rack. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a made to measure (MTM) shirt that fits this well. Kudos to Batch Shirts for making an outstanding product.
Quality button up shirts that fit well are often hard to come by. For many guys the only option seems to be either made to measure (MTM) or bespoke.
Fortunately, Batch Shirts are one of the few companies out there making high quality shirts that fit well straight off the rack. As a guy with a more athletic build I was very impressed with not only the way their shirt fit my body but also with their quality. There’s no doubt in my mind that I will be getting many good years out of this Batch shirt.
Batch shirts are affordably priced ($75-$100 US) and they offer a 30 day money back guarantee as well as free shipping. You’ve really got nothing to lose. Batch Shirts are making a fantastic product that I’m confident you will love.
Here’s to looking sharp!