Designing Your Shirt
Designing your 2ND IMPRESSION shirt is simple and easy. The process is broken down into three main categories: design, base fabric and pattern/print. In each of these categories, you will be able to see all of the various options available in making your 2ND IMPRESSION. Please use our contact page or email us at if you have any questions or concerns before placing your order.
For those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, please be sure to check the military specifications if you happen to be uncertain of the dress regulations for your branch of the military.
When selecting your design, options can vary by use or personal preference. Sketches and descriptions are provided to help make the selection process clear and easy.
Standard Front: The standard front is something more timeless that can be used for any occasion—formal, informal, or business (semi-formal/casual)—and can be worn either by itself or with a blazer or suit.
Pique Tux Front: A pique front is when a shirt has a special fabric panel sewn on to the front with a width of about 10 inches(25cm) running down the front of the shirt. This style is slightly simpler and cleaner than a pleated tux. A pique tux front is said to be more suitable for white-tie affairs.
Pleated Tux Front: The front of this shirt has a pleated panel running around 10 inches(25 cm) in width down the front of the shirt. This is the classic traditional look for a tuxedo shirt and is meant for formal occasions, such as a wedding or black-tie affair.
* Both pique and pleated tux fronts are also offered in bib form. Please contact us at email@example.com with your Order No. and informing us your preference is to have a bib tux front.
Standard Placket: The most common type of placket style and one you can’t go wrong with. Fabric is folded over and sewn with a fused interlining for a classic (and symmetrical) look.
French Placket: French placket shirts don’t have that folded-over and sewn strip of fabric along the buttons. Going placket-free gives your shirt a cleaner, more minimalist feel, making it an ideal choice for both formal and casual shirts.
Covered Placket: Also known as a fly front, this is a formal, modern style of placket in which an extra piece of fabric covers the buttons on your shirt.
Point: The forward point collar is one of the most classic styles of collars and used to be the predominant collar used in men’s dress shirts. You should be familiar with this style of collar if you own a traditional dress shirt.
Spread: This is the most common type of collar today and the most versatile. They work with suits and tuxedos alike and with both bow ties and neckties.
Wing Tux: This collar gets its name from the fold-out collar points that look like wings. It’s the most formal collar option and is designed to be worn with a bow tie and tuxedo. If you’re going for a laid-back look, this choice isn’t for you—never wear a wing collar with a necktie.
Cutaway: This is a slightly bolder choice in comparison to the point or spread collar. By far, it has the widest angle between the collar points and is usually best when using a tie with a large knot. Known to be preferred for business attire, it can also be worn with both suits and tuxedos.
Band: A band collar shirt, also known as Mandarin or Nehru, is designed to be worn without a tie, making it instantly casual. Band collars are on the trendier edges of the tuxedo shirt spectrum, so only wear one with a tux if you’re confident in your style, and check that the event isn’t too formal.
French Cuff: French cuffs are formal shirt cuffs that are rolled back and held in place by cufflinks. If you’re getting married or going to another event that requires a tuxedo, formal French cuffs will elevate your look. We have two options when it comes to your choice of French cuffs: rounded or straight.
Straight Cuff: This style isn’t as common as the traditional barrel cuff, but it is becoming more popular among dress shirts. It’s a cleaner look and is called straight because it clearly comes around with a clean edge.
Mitered Cuff: Also known as an angle cuff, this cuff is known to be more formal. The name originates from a type of joint used in woodworking. This cuff is elegant and dressy with a very clean appearance.
Barrel Cuff: Barrel cuffs don’t require any rolling or cufflinks; instead, they are held closed by buttons. Most of your shirts probably have barrel cuffs as it is a more traditional design and popular among both casual and formal shirts.
*Long Cuff: Available in both French Cuff models, Rounded and Straight. This is recommended for taller gentlemen who like a bit more coverage.
*Two Button Cuff: This is a slightly longer version of the Straight, Mitered or Barrel Cuff. This is recommended for taller gentlemen.
(Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your Order No. if you would like to make the special request for Long Cuff or Two Button Cuff)
In selecting your base fabric specifications, there are three components that you can customize for your shirt. Those options are:
Within these three options, you can choose from the following base fabrics: white, black, or a submitted custom color of your own. Please note that when selecting your own custom color, we will have to confirm availability as we would need to have your confirmation of the base fabric once sourced before proceeding in the production of your order. Custom base fabrics will be delivered 4–5 weeks following order confirmation.
This is the possibly the most unique and fun part of designing your shirt. It will be the key identifying factor that will showcase your true style and express your 2ND IMPRESSION. It is important that you are mindful of your selection as once you’ve completed your selection and placed your order, you are limited to 24 hours to make any changes or cancel the order. This isn’t meant to make things stressful! We are confident that whatever design you choose will be one you will enjoy!
In making your pattern/print selection, you will have a total of three design options to choose from: single pattern, dual pattern, and patterned sleeves w/ back design. Note that we provide a total of over 50 prints and designs to choose from. They can be seen on our Prints page. Furthermore, if none of those happen to work for you, feel free to submit your own custom patterns and print design
When you select one of ours or submit a pattern of your own that applies to both sleeves and the back panel.
When you select or submit two different patterns—one to apply to the sleeve and the other to the back panel.
Patterned Sleeves with Back Design
When you select or submit a pattern to be applied to the sleeves and select or submit a single design of your own to be applied to the back panel.
ALL ACTIVE OR RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL ARE SUBJECT TO A SPECIAL DISCOUNT. PLEASE USE OUR CONTACT PAGE OR EMAIL US AT email@example.com FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
For those in our Armed Forces who would like to order shirts and have questions about what specification to use when ordering, please see the information provided below.
Standard Military Dress Tux Shirt All Armed Forces:
Point Collar, Pleated Front, French Cuffs.
Standard ASU Shirts
White, usually two pocketed, with epaulets on the shoulders and Barrel Cuffs. This can be provided as a special order. If placing a standard order we recommend the following:
Standard Front, French Placket, Point (Turndown) Collar, Barrel Cuffs
Pleated Front, Standard Placket, Point (Turndown) or Wing Collar, French Cuffs
Blue, usually two pocketed, with epaulets on the shoulders and Barrel Cuffs. This can be provided as a special order. If placing a standard order on the site we recommend the following design specifications:
Standard Front, French Placket, Point (Turndown) Collar, Barrel Cuffs (If not substituting for white base color must be custom and marked as AF BLUE)
Men’s Formal Dress Uniform (Officer Only)
AFI 36, 2903 18 JULY 2011 (p. 29) 4.1.3. 4.1.3. Shirt. The shirt will be a commercial design, plain, white, long-sleeved, full-dress formal shirt with wing collar. The shirt will not have military creases. When ordering you would select the following design specifications:
Standard or Pique Front, Standard Placket, Wing Collar, French Cuffs
Men’s Mess Dress Uniform (Mandatory for Officers/Optional for Enlisted)
AFI 36, 2903 18 JULY 2011 (p. 35) 4.3.2. Shirt. The shirt will be a white commercial, conventional dress-type, with turn-down collar, pleats and French cuffs. The shirt will not have military creases. When ordering you would select the following design specifications:
Pleated Front, Standard Placket, Point (Turndown) Collar, French Cuffs
Standard dress is Band Collar with Cuff Links. When ordering you would select the following design specifications:
Standard or Pique Front, French Placket, Band Collar, French Cuffs
Navy Uniform Code
Article 3501.49 a. Male Officers/CPOs
Made of plain white authorized fabric, with long sleeves with plain buttons, convertible or French cuffs, with epaulets, and with a single left breast pocket without pocket flap. Collar points measure no more than 3-1/4 inches with a medium spread. This can be provided as a special order. If placing a custom order on the site we recommend the following design specifications:
Standard Front, Standard Placket, Point (Turndown) Collar, Barrel or French Cuffs
Article 3501.51 Males
A plain white formal dress shirt with a turndown collar and a plain stiff or wide pleated soft front. When ordering you would select the following design specifications:
Standard or Pleated Front, Standard Placket, Point (Turndown) Collar, French Cuffs
Article 3501.52 Male Officers
A stiff-bosomed plain or pique, un-pleated white formal dress shirt, with a wing collar. When ordering you would select the following design specifications:
Standard or Pique Front, French Placket, Wing Collar, French Cuffs