Men’s Dress Shirt is an American English word for shirts. It a a garment worn by men with a collar,a full length opening to the collar, and sleeves with cuffs. Shirts are normally made from cloth and are worn usually under a jacket and with a tie.
The primary indicator of a shirt is the collar. Collars are of different varieties:
Spread collars: bigger gap between the tips. A spread collar has many different tips to flatter but the roundest faces.
Straight- Point: the V- shaped points of a straight point collar are the most common style, and are flattering for most faces.
Button- Down: less formal than other dress shirt collars. These are generally made of softer fabric and pressed with less starch.
Club: also known as rounded collar, the club collar is short, has rounded tips and is very stylish.
Tab: a higher collar with a small spread. Most flattering for man with longer necks.
The main distinction between cuffs are weather they require buttons or cufflinks to fasten.
Barrel: these are also known as button cuffs because they close with at least one button.
French or double: a French cuff or double cuff has fabric that is long and folds back. These are closed with a cufflink or silk knot.
Convertible: a convertible cuffs can be closed with buttons or cufflinks.
Men’s shirts with two chest pocketsare considered to be less formal. Dress shirts with button- down collars are more likely to have a pocket.
Shirts worn with vests or suspenders should not have pockets as they make the chest appear bulky.
Cotton breaths well and can be very soft for a comfortable wear. Bright colours look great for a long time.
Linen dress shirts also breath very well making them best for summer wear. Wrinkles easily.
A tightly- woven fabric with a silk texture. Broadcloth cloth has a lustrous finish.
Made of 100% cotton, poplin is woven with a horizontal rib effect and can be a bit more expensive.
A few types of oxford weaves are available, but in general an oxford is woven from a heavier yarn, giving it a more rugged texture.
The diagonal waves of twills makes it perfect for a solid- colour dress shirt.
7) Cotton blends-
When another fibre is woven in with the cotton, you get the benefits of both the fibres. For example a cotton- lycra blend will add stretch and a cotton- polyester wont wrinkle as much.
A dress shirt should therefore be selected according to the material. Be it cotton, poplin, twill, oxford, linen or broadcloth. Also according to the collar type (club, tab, straight-point.etc), cuffs, weather cufflinks or buttons and pockets for a formal or less formal look.
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