There are several style and aspects to consider when buying dress shirts. Each person needs to look at where they will be wearing these shirts - for business, for parties or for everyday casual wear. Things like size, style and colors should also be considered when buying a dress shirt for men.
Here you will find some important points to consider when selecting a good dress shirt style for any man:
Color: The color of the dress shirt is one of the most important factor you should consider for the reason and occasion you will be wearing it for. Basic colors such as blue, white, pink, grey, pastel colors are great to wear to the office and for formal events to match well with business suits and ties. Colors such as red, black, brown, orange and other dark colors are mostly suitable for casual wear shirts or to wear to parties.
Fabric: Fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, polyester blends and linen are the preferred fabric for business and casual wear shirts. These fabrics are easy to wash and dry and drape well. Cotton and linen shirts also breathe well and are comfortable to wear and are the best choice for warm climates. Fabric such as silk and rayon are generally used for shirts that are worn night outs or flashy events.
Pattern: Solid colors, stripe fabrics and small checkered patterns are the preferred shirt pattern for business shirts. Large checks, broad stripes and diagonal patterns are generally worn as casual or party shirts.
Fit: Slim cut and normal fitted dress shirts are worn for business and formal events. They look nice and elegant when worn with dress trousers and business suits. Loose fitted shirts are generally made for causal wear.
Style: The style of the dress shirt includes different parts of the shirt such as pleats, pockets, collar and cuffs. Each part has different style and some styles are suitable for business dress shirts while others are more for casual and party shirt.
Collar: There are over 10 different style of collars available. The most common styles for business dress shirts are the pointed collar, button down collar, spread collar and the tabbed collar. Band collar and butterfly collars are more the domain of causal and evening wear shirts.
Cuff: Again there are over 10 different cuff styles for dress shirts. Business shirts generally support the single button, convertible, double cuff (French) and the angle cut cuff styles. Casual shirts support longer cuffs and and three button cuffs.
Placket: There are basically 3 popular styles for cuff - the normal, the hidden and the box placket styles. Business shirts generally support the box and normal plackets while casual shirts sometimes are made with hidden plackets - hiding the shirt buttons with an extra flap over the placket.
Pocket: Business shirts generally have a single pocket on the left placket. The pockets are used to carry pens, namecards and other notes for easy access. Many new shirt styles that feature slim fit cut are made without pockets to give a more slim and streamlined look. Casual shirts can support up to two pockets in the front - one on either side of the placket.