Womens Dress Shirts
"Shopping Strategies to Buying Dress Shirts that Fit"
Courtesy of Charles Tyrwhitt
Womens dress shirts are great for looking professional or for just simply polishing your outfit. I love layering my dresses with my ivory dress shirt. You can also pair it with denim jeans for that casual but crisp look!
On this page you’ll find shopping strategies on selecting a dress shirt that fit along with tips on how to get the most out of your womens dress shirts and save money.
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The classic white dress shirt is an essential in any woman’s wardrobe, and keeps you covered on those inevitable job interviews. It goes with a range of garments, from pencil skirts to city shorts and even jeans. It’s versatility is unmistakable.
What Dress Shirts to Invest In?Whether you work at an office or not, securing at least one or preferably two dress shirts in classic white, is essential to keeping yourself covered throughout the year.
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You can further build upon it with black, brown or blue stripes on white. If you want to build a solid office work closet, look for dress shirts that are versatile (blends with the rest of your closet) and doesn't create a strong fashion statement. So look for neutrals. Learn more about your neutrals
They're cost-effective and can easily be mixed and matched with skirts, vests, sweaters, cardigans and dress pants.
The Classic White Dress Shirt
The white dress shirt can be interchanged with so many pieces in your wardrobe. And you can wear it to casual and formal occasions.
White dress shirt from Savile Row Company Ltd
There are various ways to tone down on the stiff, corporate look of the shirt. With the right styling and accessories you can bring it to a chic and office-appropriate level Get styling tricks and chic outfit ideas with a basic dress shirt.
Your Best Colors
This is super-super important if you want to look your best in a dress shirt. So you need to first figure out your best colors and choose womens dress shirts according to that.
It's not that complicated. I mean, you just need to know if you look best in cool or warm colors and this alone helps you figure out what type of white looks best on you, and if your coloring harmonizes with other classic shirt colors such as black, blues and pinks. Sometimes a Gold or Silver color test can help you with that.
Don't have time for a color analysis, and just want to get to the chase?
If you have a bluish-pinkish skin undertone then crisp white, soft white (looks good on blondes) and colors with a similar undertone look good on you. Black looks best if you have dark hair and eyes (or bright blue eyes).
Dress shirt colors from the Winter Color Palette
Dress shirt colors from the Summer Color Palette
If you have a yellow-peachy skin undertone you'll look your best in warmer tinted colors such as ivory and off-white, or anything with a red/yellow undertone (eg. beige, mustard, tomato red). If you have dark hair you'll look good in black too.
Dress shirt colors from the Autumn Color Palette
Dress shirt colors from the Spring Color Palette
Ivory and Cream
Ivory and off-white are slightly harder to find, but you can always "warm up" crisp white with earrings, necklace, scarves and makeup in your best colors. However, but to save time I suggest that to have them made by a tailor.
Classic Black, Light Pink & Light Blue
Other classic colors for dress shirts are black, light pink and light blue. If you're tired of white, these 3 colors can change the mood of your office work outfit. Unfortunately they're not universal which means they look good on everyone. But they're still typical office work colors, so I suggest that you add accessories and layer them with colors that look good on you!
Add neutrals because they create less of a fashion statement which may not be appropriate for your work's dress code.
How to Look Stylish in a Dress Shirt
If office work is a huge part of your everyday life or if you have a classy-sophisticated style, add several more dress shirts in various styles - ranging from different colors, details (ruffles, bows, bib, etc.), length and tailoring.
For casual work environments, try tunic shirts and different sleeve styles. Experiment!
Add accessories to spruce your look. Adding a little bit of color and glitz changes the mood of your outfit and softens the serious office look :-)
Learn how to create different looks with your dress shirt.
Your Body Shape & Perfect Fit
It shouldn't be loose (not appropriate for work) nor tight (highlighted love handles and boobies are a no-no at most office settings). It should sit snugly on you.
Your Body MeasurementsWhen it comes to womens dress shirts, an inch of difference can make or break your look. So always have your measurements in mind.
Compare your body measurements with the online store's size chart. Please don't skip checking their chart, as sizes vary from brand to brand. There are also few women who fit the "average" size.
American fit tends to be baggier than the European/English fit (average body weight in the US is bigger than in Europe)
even though they're both have the same tag!
for a step-by-step guide on how to take your body measurements.
How to Ensure a Good Fit
Button the dress shirt to the top. You should be able to slide two or three fingers between your neck and collar.
Note: If none of the sizes online fit your measurements, buy the one closest to your numbers and have a tailor do the altering. Or you can even have your tailor make a dress shirt for you.
If you're self-conscious about your hips, bust or tummy, resort to adding body shaper and/or an open vest or cardigan to camouflage your mid-section.
Your Body ShapeBy knowing your body shape and where you carry most of the weight, you'll know what details and colors you should look for in womens dress shirts, and how to style them so them complement your body figure.
For example, stripes slims a full or wide upper body. Layering a shirt with a cardigan or vest conceals a muffin top. And ruffles draw attention away from wide hips. Learn more about how to dress your body figure
How to Buy High Quality Dress Shirts
Generally speaking, expensive office shirts give you nicer fabric, nicer buttons, better stitchings and a brand name. And they're a very nice bonus for the price, if you appreciate unique garments and crafstmanship.
How to Ensure Good Quality
Check the shirt label for ply count. Finer dress shirts are made of two-ply, not single-ply, and the fabrics are stronger and softer.
Note: Check out online UK stores (the deliver worldwide) such as Savile Row Company Ltd, Charles Tyrwhitt and Thomas Pink. They offer a stylish range of womens dress shirts with superb quality!
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Time to Shop for the Womens Dress ShirtsNow that you've gone through my fashion tips and shopping advice on dress shirts, it's time to shop!
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