For many shirt enthusiasts and shirt makers the fitted bespoke dress shirt means as much to the design of the shirt as the actually materials of the dress shirt. If you take a closer look you will notice time and time again that shirts are either not the right width along the shoulders or are very loose around the waist of many men.Unfortunately even if men are aware of this problem there is a general lack of fitted dress shirts in stores. To find the right mens fitted shirts there are a few options:1. If you have an athletic build there are shirts designed to enhance the look of your stature. Fits for this type of build are usually called athletic, slim, or modern fit. These fits come with a more narrow waist, chest, and hip area.2. Get a custom fit shirt. By getting a custom fit shirt you get a shirt that follows your specific dimensions. At some custom shops you only give your neck and shoulder measurements, however at fully customizable shirt shops all measurements are asked for or taken. Nine times out of ten the fit is better with the fully customizable shirt.3. You’re lucky. You have a body that fits perfectly into a standard sized dress shirt, but lets be realistic its is only a small percentage that are in this category. If you do, just pass any store and get your fitted dress shirt. Be careful though sizes change from store to store.Overview of FitsStandard Sizes: 6 out of 10* (fit rating)Cons:o Difficult to know which size is righto Often baggy around the waisto Sizing standards differPros:o Buy it right away in any storeAthletic, Modern, Slim Fit Dress Shirts: 7 out of 10* (fit rating)Cons:o Only suitable for slim or athletic bodieso Does not fit if one part of your body is slightly larger or longer than the normo May not give the optimal comfort if working in front of a computer a lotPros:o The best option for ‘ready to wear’ dress shirts if you have a slim bodyo Stylish fitHalf Bespoke Shirts: 7 out of 10* (fit rating)Cons:o Does not solve the problem of a baggy waist area. Not suitable for the slim man.o Does not always result in a correct shirt lengthPros:o Fits people with irregularly sized necks or long arms.o Better fit than the athletic fit for the non slim man.Custom Dress Shirt – tailored, made to measure, bespoke shirts: 9-10 out of 10* (fit rating)Cons:o The fit depends on how experienced the shirt maker iso Depends on the accuracy of taking measurementso Depends on the tailors taste of a well fitted dress shirtPros:o If you use a shirt maker that seems professional the fit of your dress shirt can turn out incredible.o These shirt makers often take more effort in delivering quality workmanshipo Every dimension of the shirt is made according to your body.o Other than taking body measurements one can take measurements from ones best fitted dress shirt. Resulting in a copy of the old fit.* Based on our experience with customersWinner: The Custom Fitted Dress Shirt Of these three types of fit we recommend getting a fully customizable dress shirt, also known as tailored, bespoke, or made to measure dress shirts. This kind of made to measure fit usually involves around 9 measurements of your upper body, but varies from tailor to tailor. If you are getting a tailor to measure you for your custom fit shirt, he will usually take care of it all and you don’t have to give it a thought.However, if you are measuring yourself for an online tailor, a written guide will tell you exactly how to do it. We have one of these on ShirtsMyWay.com. Do notice that how and where shirt maker’s measure can vary. Below you will find the basic 9 measuring parts.
As of September 18, 2009, the healthcare reform bill, HR 1495, was still in committee. Once it is out of committee, it goes to the House and Senate for vote and then to the president for signing. Just because it is signed, doesn’t mean that it immediately goes into effect. Some of the mandates of the new bill require private insurers to comply with new rules and regulations that are set by the reform bill. One can only guess how well that is going to go over. The real issue at hand, as is with many bills, is how much will it cost? Not only in terms of actual cost to individuals desiring some form of healthcare, but in terms of taxes and burdens upon tax payers?Currently, an estimated $500 million in new taxes are anticipated to cover the healthcare reform. Whether or not this is the actual number, the reality is that covering the healthcare costs of tens of millions of Americans is not going to be cheap. The Obama Administration is already spending money at an alarming rate. Can we really afford this plan? and yet, can we not afford it?I can tell you that my own predicament is having to afford healthcare for my own family. I want the best care, but at a reasonable rate. When it costs almost $800.00 a month to pay for my family, I wonder what the federal alternative will be? Will it be less for the same care? Or will it be an HMO nightmare where I can’t get in to see a doctor for weeks on end. Will mental health be covered? What will it cost me as a clinician in terms of being paid for the services I provide? It’s already difficult understanding how insurance companies justify what my pay should be, and at such low amounts!!Balancing both sides is difficult. I should be paid well enough to support my family, yet I don’t want to be robbed when trying to get healthcare coverage. This is where private industry can step up. Healthcare shouldn’t cost so much to meet the needs of patients. Without going into great detail, healthcare companies have very much figured out how to “pool” their members to avoid a catastrophic trend of insurance claims that would bankrupt them. Therefore, why does it cost so much? Employers already bear much of the burden for their employees when contributing towards their insurance premiums. The answer seems pretty obvious to me: The current insurance companies are top heavy.When greed is factored into the cost of insurance, then it becomes a problem when considering the moral value of insurance and healthcare. Corporations have a duty to benefit the stakeholders of their organizations. This is in direct conflict of providing affordable healthcare because it makes moral sense. To dramatically offset the corporate greed, government feels it needs to step in. Unfortunately, the government can’t see the forest among the trees. They are so worried about those who are lost among the forest that they lose sight of the bigger picture: Providing healthcare without burning down the forest. Until corporate governance can limit executive pay and until government can limit the waste in spending, neither option is the best option. Why not have a healthcare system that is subsidized by government, but only to the extent that it limits the cost to those who are uninsured, and therefore, limits the pay to upper management in order to avoid a top heavy system?At some point, a pendulum must meet it’s center. The new healthcare reform seems to be at odds with the current healthcare system. The current healthcare system provides the best medicine in the world. It provide efficiencies that make processing insurance care easier, faster, and less expensive. Medicare should be a forewarning to us about how the government will manage this system. It’s slow, burdensome, and has more holes than Swiss cheese that allow for abuse.As a clinician that constantly battles with insurance carriers over payments, processing of claims, and meeting the needs of my patients, I can say that the system has become easier, faster, and more user friendly over the past couple of years….and it doesn’t take over 1000 pages to accomplish this.The bottom line is that healthcare reform isn’t going to happen anytime soon. It isn’t going to happen cheaply. So before everyone jumps on the bandwagon, take a moment to think twice about where you are in your current coverage and lobby for a cooperation between private and government healthcare, instead of government run healthcare.