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Mens Essential | The Dress Shirt

Mens Essential | The Dress Shirt

“The style of studied nonchalance is the psychological triumph of grace over order.” — G. Bruce Boyer, Fashion Editor


Fun fact: Shirts were considered as underwears up until the beginning of the 20th century.

Hello sartorial brethren. Today’s post is about the shirt of corporate culture (The dress shirt). We put together a short guide on the dress shirt for you. Hope you like it.


A dress shirt is a button up shirt with a collar and cuffs. There are a wide range of collars these days, but the classic point or the semi spread would fit most faces. For cuffs, it’s a subjective thing. Barrel cuffs are very common, but we think French cuffs are more refined, and can be used to show your sense of taste with cuff-links.


It used to be that only the upper class gentleman could afford to take care of white dress shirts. These days white is a very common colour for dress shirts. Light blue is also a good option and it fits a wide range of skin tones. Pink is one colour that a lot of men avoid, but it looks great if you know what you’re doing as you can see from the pictures.


For patterns, you cannot go wrong with solids. Stripes can be a bit tricky, but much easier to wear than checks, paisley, polka dots, or the numerous patterns that are out there. Solids are like a blank canvas so you can afford to be wild with your ties, pocket squares, or even your jacket.


For this post, we chose a solid pink dress shirt, a tan jacket, and blue pants. For accessories, we used a red patterned pocket square, a watch, dark shades, and a pair of suede ankle boots.


You should be able to fit no more than two fingers between your neck and collar. Shirt cuffs should rest on your wrist bone while standing with arms beside you. Shoulder points should line up with your shoulders. Sleeves and torso should neither be too tight or too loose.


For styling. We think a dress shirt should always be worn with a jacket (it tends to look better). Since it is more formal, it should only be paired with dark wash jeans, chinos, and dress pants. One mistake we see men make is wearing these untucked. If it has long tails, tuck it in.

What do you think? How do you wear your dress shirts? Let us know in the comment section. See you in the next post.


June 10, 2017