Dress shirts are a must-have for any woman’s closet, but with all the options, it can be a bit confusing. The phrase “dress shirt” may conjure images of a stuffy button-down, but it doesn’t have to be. With trends evolving in the workplace, a dress shirt can be something other than a crisp, white “dry-clean-only” staple.
In order to choose the best dress shirt, FIT is the most important thing. If you are choosing a button-down style, make sure it fits comfortably in the shoulders, the buttons aren’t gaping open at the chest, and the sides are slimming and fit a bit snug against you. Nothing looks sloppier than a bulky dress shirt that you’ve tried to tuck in. Buy a shirt that fits your chest accurately and won’t send a button flying across the room to put out a co-worker’s eye.
Once you know what size or tailoring works best for you, STYLE can be the next fun step in dressing creatively for work or other “dressier” occasions. Soft chiffon, light-weight fabrics that can be layered with a cardigan, or even short-sleeve styles look dressed up and sophisticated.
If “dress shirt” means pulling double duty for a cocktail party, wedding, or romantic dinner out, sheer or sparkly fabric will do the trick. If you want to stay conservative, stick to a sheer fabric that covers the arms and doesn’t have a low neckline. If a sexier look is what you’re going for, less fabric and more shine is appropriate. (Disclaimer: bring along a wrap or cardigan to cover up. You might get cold or realize everyone else is dressed much more conservatively. Yikes….)
Last tip for the best dress shirt? ACCESSORIZE. A shirt is just a shirt without a little bling to make it “pop”. If it’s a simple shirt, layer on necklaces with interesting pieces or wear a vintage broach. If the shirt has a busy print, perhaps pair it with an oversize watch or large (simple!) earrings. A less expensive dress shirt can suddenly look like a million bucks with sophisticated and stylish accessories.
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-Hilary Kennedy is a contributing author for YouPlus Style and YouPlus Dallas, focusing primarily on Style, Arts and Entertainment, and Dating and Relationships. Hilary also stars in many videos for YouPlusMedia and has her own show, The Hilary Kennedy Show.
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