With so many shirts available, it’s difficult to work out which one is right for you so we’ve put together a guide to help you find your perfect shirt:
Collars count- before you buy a shirt, make sure you know whether you need to wear a stock or tie. To find this information, check the competition rules.
Fabric fantastic- shirts are made from lots of different fabrics, and you’ll find that different mixes have different qualities. For example, cotton is quite traditional and looks great when ironed but, when this is combined with a bit of Lycra or elastane, you get that all important bit of stretch too.
Get technical- some shirts are made from technical fabrics that wick moisture away from the rider, are quick to dry, and some even help keep you cool in hot weather and warm in cool weather. As for what to choose, think about when you’ll use the shirt and how long you’ll use it for. If you wear it every weekend during the summer, then look for something to help keep you comfortable and cool, but if you only wear your shirt for two hours a year, will you benefit from the extra features?
Sleeve length- this is down to personal preference. If you’re riding in the summer, short sleeve or sleeveless might be best to keep you cool, and long sleeves work well when it’s cooler. Equally, if you like to have your arms covered, even when it’s warm, look at fabrics that breathe, as this will help keep you comfortable.
Love colour- whereas white might be the ‘norm’, as long as the competition rules allow it, there’s no reason why you can’t express yourself with a different coloured show shirt. Some manufacturers have quite a range of different colours and, with a coordinating tie, these colourful combos can look really special. If you’re looking for a stock shirt, many coloured shirts have white bib fronts, to give that traditional appearance.
Flattering fit- we all want to look good in our competition kit, so make sure you get a shirt that fits you. If you find your buttons are always gaping, that’s not the shirt for you, so