What’s the Difference in a Casual Shirt and a Dress Shirt?

I get this question all the time. When customers see our option to style their very own casual shirt or dress shirt,  they are stumped. What is the difference anyway?

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First of all, think of the difference between a dress shirt and a tuxedo shirt. If you opt for a dress shirt, you won’t have the wing tip collar as a choice. You will only get the options available in most dress shirts.

A casual shirt will have the option of a camp style collar, for example. Think about a Tommy Bahama style shirt with no fusing (the stiff stuff) in the collar or the cuff. I usually recommend your casual long sleeve flannel shirts to be styled without the stiffness as well. It can be styled with a button down collar or even a hidden button down. If you are wearing it with chinos, it is likely a casual shirt. A shirt with a French cuff is not considered casual.

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A dress shirt can be worn with or without a tie. It will be paired with a suit or at least a pair of wool or wool-blend slacks. Most corporate office environments call for a dress shirt. I recommend avoiding a button down collar on a dress shirt but am okay with the hidden button down collar. Just be aware that you can see the buttons underneath the collar if you look for them.  A dress shirt will have the option of a French cuff but can be worn with a button cuff or convertible cuff as well. A convertible cuff buttons for closure but also has the option to wear the cufflinks if you like.

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We often confuse the situation by wearing a tie with a casual shirt. Hint: The fact that he is wearing it with jeans and a button down collar in my book classifies this as a casual shirt.

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Still stumped? We are here to help you custom design your shirt so just let us know!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley