Most Popular Patterns in Custom Dress Shirt

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Published: 06th August 2012
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In the world of fashion and style, different trends and styles take their turn get popular and then fade away. However, some things in fashion are always remain popular and are always liked by people. Patterns and checks in dress shirts are one of the versatile fashion elements that have always remained popular in trends. There are many variations in patterns and checks available in dress shirts. One can get hand on lots of check while buying custom dress shirt as there is always huge variety at custom shirt makers. Now we will discuss the mostly used and popular checks of custom dress shirts.


Gingham originated as a striped pattern when it was first imported in the 17th century and had become woven into a check pattern during the mid-18th century, with blue and white being the most popular choice in color. Gingham usually comes in a checkered pattern and is distinguished by white and colored, even-sized checks. This pattern is formed by horizontal and vertical stripes usually of the same color that cross each other on a white background to form even checks.


Madras is a pattern that originated in East India, formerly named Madras. This summer fabric style is distinguished by a pattern of colorful checks and stripes. The stripes of a madras check or plaid consist of different colored stripes that cross each other to form uneven checks. Madras has become a popular “preppy” pattern for shorts and casual dress shirts.

Tartan Plaid

Tartan plaid is the pattern that is most often found on Scottish kilts. This plaid consists of vertical and horizontal or diagonal stripes that cross each other to form different sized checks. This pattern is often done in a twill-weave and should only be used as a casual shirt.

Shepherd’s check

This pattern is a twill-weave of small, even-sized, colored and white checks. While this check often resembles the gingham check, the visible twill weave is what distinguishes the shepherd’s check from gingham. The name derives from the plaid worn by shepherds in the hills of the Scottish borders. The hounds tooth pattern originated from the Shepherd’s check.


The checks that make up the houndstooth are broken, uneven and pointy-shaped (like a hound’s tooth). The houndstooth pattern is traditionally black and white but can be found in a variety of colors and on a variety of garments and accessories nowadays.

Glen Plaid-Prince of Wales Check

Glen plaid, also known as the Prince of Wales check, is a pattern most commonly found in suits. It is woven in a twill pattern and consists of broken checks where a conglomerate of alternating dark stripes and light stripes cross each other to create a pattern of small and large checks. This pattern is usually done in a muted color with white.

Windowpane Check

The windowpane check is a pattern that resembles the pattern of panes on a window. The stripes that cross to form windowpane checks are often thicker and farther apart than the pattern found in graph checks.

Graph Check

This is a check pattern that resembles the crossing lines of graph paper. The graph check pattern is characterized by solid, thin, single-colored stripes that cross each other to form even and small-sized checks. The stripes that create a graph check are thinner than the stripes in a windowpane check. Graph check looks awesome in big and tall dress shirts.


Tatersall is a check pattern that consists of thin, regularly spaced stripes in alternating colors that are repeated both horizontally and vertically. The stripes that create the tatersall pattern often come in two different colors and are usually darker than the background color.


This is a pattern consisting of very small and even sized checks. It usually consists of one color with white and often resembles the gingham check-except that it is a lot smaller. This pattern is more casual than stripes, but dressier than larger checks.

Pin check

This is a pattern created by pin sized stripes about one yarn thick that cross to form tiny checks that look like dots to the human eye. This pattern often consists of one color with white. This small check effect gives the Italian dress shirt a textured solid effect.

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