The Traditional Dress Shirt

The men's white dress shirt is the traditional dress shirt. This is the shirt that is worn with a tie as part of a traditional suit. There is often a vest with the suit. The tie adds a splash of color to the ensomble.

The white dress shirt may be made of cotton or some other material. It is usually a long sleeved shirt. The sleeves should extend slightly beyond the sleeve of the suit coat. Often these shirts have what is known as a French cuff. This cuff uses a cuff link as a closure instead of a button. 

There was an item called a collar stay that was used with the shirt to keep the tips of the collar straight. More modern fabrics have reduced the need for collar stays.

Do you think that a colored shirt is less formal?

Will you only wear white on the most formal occasions?

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