When it comes to buying clothes other than suits and jackets, I’m always looking for the most stylish and comfortable options that require the least maintenance. If the clothes can save me some time and effort in cleaning and preserving them, I really don’t mind shelling out the extra dollars.
I can feel that that I’m now a step closer to having a 100% carefree closet with the rising trend of technical fabric. As one of the most important style staples for men, dress shirts have been receiving more and more high-tech make-over in recent years. The new generation of dress shirts solve many problems, including sweat stains, which has been my constant battle with dress shirts.
Here are the 3 menswear labels that produce very high quality, breathable, wrinkle-free, odor resistant and sweat-wicking yet super low maintenance (machine washable, non-iron) dress shirts:
Ministry of Supply: Archive Dress Shirt
A lovechild of 3 MIT graduates, Ministry of Supply aims to produce performance-grade clothes with optimal comfort by studying the human body and incorporating the latest technology, including NASA-engineered material.
Made of polyester-elastane fabric, Archive wicks sweat from your body, keeps body odor in check, resist wrinkles and is as stretchable as your sweater. With the hidden underarm ventilation, it’s as breathable as cotton.
Mizzen+Main: Howe Dress Shirt
A brand that’s fast becoming a favourite among the NBA and NFL stars, Mizzen+Main is a young brand producing high quality performance dress shirts similar to those by Ministry of Supply – made of stretchable fabrics, wrinkle-free, odor-free, sweat-wicking and great-fitting – but with a difference in terms of the fabric used.
Tim Ferriss is a fan of the brand.
Outlier: Merino/Co Pivot
Outlier‘s idea of Merino/Co Pivot was originally conceived with a traveler in mind: a shirt that you can wear for days without it stinking up, stay crisp and wrinkle-free without any ironing and suitable for temperature change. The ultra-fine custom-made Merino/Co Cloth was then born.