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In the USA, a dress shirt is a shirt with a collar and buttoned or double cuffs, fastened with a placket and buttons down the front, designed to be worn with a tie and suit.
Neckties, or simply ties in the United Kingdom, are commonly worn with dress shirts to formalise an outfit. When this is the case, the top button of the shirt is fastened, so that the tie can fit snug around a gentlemen's neck with a smart appearance.
(Traditional conservative combinations that are acceptable in any circumstances are a plain light blue shirt with a predominantly navy blue tie, or a shirt with blue and white bengal stripes and a red/wine coloured tie.)
There are many different types of dress shirts a man can buy.
Learn about different types of collars.
Dress Shirts in the United Kingdom
In the UK, a dress shirt is a particular type of formal shirt, always white with french cuffs to be worn with eveningwear. In the US, this shirt is often called a tuxedo shirt or tux shirt, although this is considered somewhat vulgar.
The shirt required for
tie is very specific.
It should be made of a piqu
Black tie offers more leeway. Shirts may be soft (not starched), and often have a 'regular' turndown collar. They can be made of the same piqué material as white tie, although a soft shirt with folded pleats along the front is a more common alternative. In past decades, particularly the 1970s, ruffled-shirt fronts were fashionable, although they have fallen out of favour recently. Studs are optional and are usually black. Cufflinks are generally black (ideally silver with a black onyx inlay), but can alternatively be an old school/college/regimental design