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The Components of a Modern Utility Shirt

The essentials of modern men's utility shirts

Utility shirts are an essential in every modern man’s wardrobe. They embody casual effortlessness, they have the perfect blend of masculine power, they are low maintenance, and they have a forgiving fit. Lastly, add rich color and unmatched durability and you can easily see the value of utility shirts.

Understanding the components of modern utility shirts can help you to choose the style that is right for you. Each component plays an important role of the utility shirt. Let’s dig into the pieces of how each utility shirts' function fits perfectly into your life.
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Fabric

Durability and comfort are priority for everyday utility shirts. The fabric is often made of 100% cotton, though polyester is common in true workwear. We do not recommend polyester because it is less breathable, pills, holds odors, and is stiffer. Cotton fiber softens with use, has a comfortable hand feel, is easy care, and is breathable. Twill is the most commonly used fabric weave because of its durable properties. Oxford weave is also very durable and a great alternative to twill for utility shirts.

Sleeve Length

Sleeve length is key to a great utility shirt. Utility shirts typically do not have short sleeves. Workmen use long sleeves as protection from the elements or job hazards. The modern man can utilize this same function for sun protection and style versatility. The sleeves can be rolled back when not in use, and often a roll tab is provided for this function.

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Collar

Utility shirts can have either a button down collar or a spread collar based on your preference. The collar can be flipped up for added neck protection. Button down collars are a great option for less hassle. A hidden collar button is a nice middle-ground option.
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Pocket Function

Pockets on utility shirts are great for both function and style. Pockets are placed on the chest because there is a lack of movement in this area. They can be used to carry small items you need easy access to like a pen or money. We do not recommend you jam the pockets full of objects. Pockets are also a smart style choice as they bring positive attention to a masculine part of the body. A broad chest is a primal desire and extra emphasis to this area can accentuate it. Pockets can also be placed on the upper sleeve for added manly appeal.
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Finishing Details

The finishing details of a utility shirt are the seams, pocket shapes, and buttons.

 

Seams

Reinforced seams can add ease of movement and durability to weak points on a shirt. Or they can be added as style lines to emphasize a certain aspect of the body or garment.
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Pocket Types

We already discussed pocket function, now let’s review pocket shape and pocket styling. Pocket shape really sets each utility shirt apart. Pockets can be square, rounded, have flaps or no flaps, 3D or flat, the options are endless. Pockets with flaps tend to be a differentiating factor to distinguish a casual shirt from a utility shirt. These flaps often have buttons that hold in the pocket contents.

Pockets can have bellows or pleats or both to create a 3D effect. Bellows are the added depth to the side of the pocket. It is usually made in the form of an extra piece of fabric added to the side of the pocket giving dimension to the pocket. Pleats are either box or inverted box pleats. They are created by folding the pocket fabric. Both pleats or bellows function by giving additional space to the pocket through expansion.

 

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Button Types

Buttons on a utility shirt are the icing. Metal buttons are great for durability, they will not crack or melt. Plastic buttons are a good option in place of metal for value and weight. Snaps are the easiest closure to use, although they can pop open. We love real shell buttons on utility shirts. They give an unexpected hint of luxury without being overstated.

 

How to finish your utility look

Utility shirts are perfect for the modern man on the go, they outfit with just about anything, perfect with your favorite jeans or well worn chinos. Utility shirts look carefree worn open over a t-shirt, or occasion ready dressed up with a blazer.

Today's man is masculine, modern, and efficient. Utility shirts compliment these ideals. Pair a utility shirt with your premium sneakers, your favorite watch, and a can-do attitude and you simply can't go wrong.

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