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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. 

Non-iron vs formaldehyde free shirts

Non-iron vs formaldehyde free shirts

The introduction of non-iron shirts has taken the world by storm. I wore them from the second I found out how easy it was to pull them out of the wash and not have to iron them. That was until I looked into how they were produced. Until I pulled back the curtain and saw the wizard sitting on his high chair. 

Everything comes at a price.