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7 Casual Ways to Rock a Dress Shirt

7 Casual Ways to Rock a Dress Shirt

Over the past few years, we have noticed a movement away from the traditional "suit and tie" towards a more casual and unique manner of dress. Men are increasingly permitted to put their personal style on display, even in professional settings, and we are loving it. That doesn't mean that sophistication has fallen by the wayside- quite the opposite, in fact.

We encourage you to wear the dress shirts you love with a bit of a casual touch. And, ditch the tie!

Untuck That Dress Shirt

Whereas it used to be frowned upon to untuck a dress shirt, today many dress shirts are tailored to be worn tucked or untucked. No longer considered to be "sloppy" the untucked dress shirt is a sign of casual sophistication and confidence. Business casual dress shirts with contrasting buttons can be paired with raw denim jeans or trousers for casual Friday at the office or drinks with friends after a long day. Style an untucked dress shirt with a blazer for a refined dressed down look that turns heads.

Roll the Sleeves


For an interesting casual dress shirt on the go, roll the sleeves and style with some white jeans and casual shoes. The Commander Shirt combines function with versatile style with roll tabs to secure sleeves. Light weight twill works great for this look and minimizes wrinkling. It's amazing how a dress shirt can be transformed in seconds into part of a more relaxed outfit. 

Pair with a Sweater

The sleek and simple look of a casual dress shirt layered under a fitted cardigan is understated. Our favorite is wearing a slate gray Essential Casual Shirt under a light gray blazer cardigan for an achromatic look that makes an impression. 

Whether you are going for a bright and bold outfit or a muted statement, showcase your favorite sweater with a dress shirt.

Ready for Vacation

Feeling carefree on vacation means looking the part. Leave the khakis at home and add a few short sleeve dress shirts to your mix. Being on vacation doesn't mean you can't look pulled together. Short sleeve dress shirts help you do just that. Throw on a paid of leather sandals and a classic straw hat and be the best dressed at the resort. 

Casual Yet Classic

Time honored and respected, the khaki/dress shirt combination is a go-to casual look. Class it up with a luxury watch or add some brogues for a bit of flair. The most important part of this look is that the fit of both shirt and trousers is perfect and the fabrics are clean and crisp.

Black on Black

Pairing black with black is always a smart move as long as you use varying textures. Start with the Commander Casual Dress Shirt in jet black cotton twill. Add some black jeans and a black knit sweater vest for a sleek Hollywood vibe. Play around with different fabrics for multiple ways of casually rocking a dress shirt.

The dress shirt is an important part of any capsule wardrobe because of how simple it is to dress it up or down. 

Athletic Casual

Nothing is more impressive than an athletic man striding down the street in joggers and a utility dress shirt. This look exudes casual confidence and energy. Pair this ensemble with some fresh tennis shoes and a casual watch and you are ready for whatever the day brings. 

It can't be overstated that the best way to successfully pull off any of these looks is to make sure that your casual dress shirt fits properly. Rely on a fit guide to achieve a showstopping tailored look. 

5 Dress Shirts Every Man Should Own

5 Dress Shirts Every Man Should Own

Whether you wear a suit and tie every day or enjoy a more business casual vibe, every man should own a basic assortment of men's dress shirts. When building a wardrobe to accommodate any event at a moment's notice, start with these five dress shirts that every man should own.

High End Dress Shirt

White Dress Shirt With Contrast Placket and Nk Band

A plain, solid white tailored cotton shirt with no chest pocket is considered to be the quintessential dress shirt. This dress shirt is a must-have in every man's closet. It can be worn with any type of trouser. The high end white dress shirt pairs perfectly with any type of suit. Serving as a clean, blank canvas, the high end white dress shirt is the perfect backdrop for any tie. When shopping for this essential shirt, consider fabrics made of twill for versatility and fewer wrinkles.

Essential Business Casual Dress Shirt

Batch Business Casual Shirt White

The essence of the "business casual" look is dressing down a notch from a suit. Business casual dress shirts are not casual, but rather they are a step down from the high end dress shirt. Every business casual outfit begins with the essential business casual dress shirt

Once you find the perfect business casual dress shirt, go ahead and buy five. This shirt is a staple for men who want to give a great first impression. Some things to consider when shopping for a business casual shirt:

  • Opt for white and other light colors.
  • Avoid bold patterns or colors.
  • Fit should be tailored and compliment your body type. 
  • Fabric should be clean and crisp. Mercerized cotton in mid weight is best.
  •  Look for a soft spread or cutaway collar

Band Collar Shirt

When the weather is hot and humid and you are ready to ditch the collar and tie, pull out the band collar shirt. When styled correctly, the band collar shirt is perfect for a business casual look that gives a bit more room to breathe. We love band collar shirts made of durable, classic 100% cotton oxford with a chest pocket. Dress this shirt up or down for a clean, classic look.

Casual Dress Shirt

Casual Dress Shirt With White Buttons

Casual can still be classy. Also known as a sport shirt, the casual dress shirt has a very distinctive style. Casual dress shirts are typically oxford button down shirts that are less stiff and worn in bolder, brighter colors. Most often, casual dress shirts are styled to transform jeans into a sharper, more sophisticated casual look. 

Utility Shirts

Batch Utility Shirt Navy Blue Image

Commonly thought of as a rugged work shirt, utility shirts are also designed to be "luxtility shirts." Whether you are going for a classic, modern, colorful, or super casual look, do it with sophistication with a newly designed utility shirt. Available in twill, oxford, mercerized cotton, or poplin, utility shirts are exceedingly comfortable and refined enough for a weekend outing or drinks with friends. 

It doesn't take an elaborate wardrobe to look your best every day. Adding a combination of these five dress shirts to your wardrobe will elevate your style and tame the desire to wear a t-shirt. Mix and match any of these essential dress shirts with a combination of trousers for a complete wardrobe that would make any man proud.

Types of Dress Shirts for Men from Casual to Formal

Types of Dress Shirts for Men from Casual to Formal

Dress shirts are an essential component in any man's wardrobe. Dress shirts play a role in every event in your life from weddings to job interviews and fun nights on the town. High quality dress shirts are comfortable, flattering, and can assume various looks for any occasion. If you are dress shirt obsessed, like we are, you will love this guide to help with types of dress shirts from casual to formal. 

Men's Utility Dress Shirt

Casual dress shirts are comfortable, easy to maintain, and elevates your casual style. The men's utility dress shirt is the perfect choice. Utility shirts balance too casual and too formal, allowing you to be the best dressed in the room while still maintaining a cool, casual look. Pair it with chinos, denim, or trousers and tuck or untuck. As part of a capsule wardrobe, add one white, one navy, and one black utility shirt to your mix and match options. 

Men's Casual Dress Shirt

A step up from the utility shirt, the casual dress shirt can easily be dressed up or down. The focus of the casual dress shirt is the fit. Casual dress shirts should fit differently from essential dress shirts but still have a tailored fit. Opt for fabric that is breathable and light weight, but never see through. Dress casual dress shirts up for date night with trousers and leather shoes. Dress them down for running errands with a pair of joggers and tennis shoes. 

Band Collar Shirt

For a slightly more formal twist on the casual dress shirt, the band collar shirt is a modern take on a classic style. For occasions when a collar is not required, but you still want to look your very best, the band collar shirt is the perfect option. Choose from canvas cotton, mercerized cotton, poplin, and even oxford fabrics. Available with either one chest pocket or two, the band collar shirt is beautifully worn buttoned up or casually open over a t-shirt.

Business Casual Dress Shirt

When Monday rolls back around, the essential business casual dress shirt is perfect for the office without sacrificing comfort. Here are the most important features to look for when shopping for the essential business casual dress shirt:

  • Wrinkle defiant fabric
  • Clean hidden-button spread collar
  • Perfect tailored fit
  • Details like mother of pearl buttons and back neck detail
  • Basic colors for capsule wardrobes

Once the business day is complete, untuck and head out for dinner and drinks with friends.

Formal Dress Shirt

A formal dress shirt, or the tuxedo shirt, are worn with formal suits or tuxedos and are the most formal of the men's dress shirt. These dress shirts have a cuff link option and are always tucked in. They are not worn semi-formally and must be perfectly tailored. Reserve this dress shirt for formal occasions such as weddings and black tie affairs.

As a man who prioritizes your image, your wardrobe must include a few of each of these dress shirts. While other men are wearing t-shirts, elevate your style and be the best dressed at any outing with a dress shirt.