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Shirts as Formal Wear

Posted: September 8, 2009 in Shirts as formal wear

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Shirts in stripes, checks or solid colors are a staple in every man’s wardrobe. Neutral colors like black, charcoal or navy can be worn for formal occasions. Dress shirts can be in black or white shade. A white or black dress shirt can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. It can be worn both during the day and evening. However, white stands first when it comes to men’s formal shirts.

Simplicity is the best bet in an corporate environment. Avoid gaudy colors, big patterns or broad checks underneath your jacket. You can make use of subdued colors pastel or light hued stripes. Avoid see through shirts. Silk shirts can be opted for an added effect. As for collars, look for ones that are comfortable and fit well. The turned down collar is the most preferred style. Avoid tight collars as it makes you appear gasping for breath. Pay attention to minor details like buttons. Make sure that all buttons are proper and that includes the buttons near the cuffs as well.

Pinstripes work very well for formal occasions. They give a very elegant look and is a must-have in every man’s wardrobe. They convey a distinct look to the ensemble. If you are on the bulkier side, do choose vertical pinstripes. They make you appear slimmer than you actually are. However, it’s good to avoid bold pinstripes in a formal environment. Avoid horizontal stripes and patterns as it can make one appear quite bulky.

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Ensure you choose your ties wisely while teaming with your shirts. A white tie is the best bet in a corporate setting and is usually preferred in the company of bigwigs. They come in different patterns and are the most versatile ones. Colors like black or navy is also great as a formal wear. If you are wearing a white shirt, you can choose these colors for a classic look. The key is to wear ties that complement your shirt and suit.