Style Basics

What is a shirt gusset? Do you need one?

By on February 9th, 2018

Have you ever heard the term shirt gusset? It’s a small piece of reinforcing fabric that may or may not be on your favorite dress shirt. Aside from making your shirts more durable, it’s an opportunity for you to show a little style! Here’s what you need to know.

What is a shirt gusset? Simply put, a shirt gusset is a piece of material sewn into a garment to strengthen a part of it. On shirts, we usually see it at the base of the side seam.

And I think it’s interesting to point out that a gusset is also a bracket used to strengthen an angle of a structure. There are plenty of gussets all over a typical bridge, for instance. So, in the same manner, shirt gussets are used to strengthen the shirt.

what is a shirt gusset and do you need one

Usually, you’ll see gussets at the base of the side seam on short sleeve shirts more often than you will on long sleeve shirts. This is because we want to show it off! With short sleeve dress shirts, many guys want to wear them untucked, therefore creating the opportunity for the shirt gusset to be seen. Colorful fabrics and contrast fabrics are popular choices.

We have a few good examples on our Gallery page of the Bespoke Edge website.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

By the way, here’s some handy information on how your dress shirt should fit you.