A dress shirt is a perfect garment to wear underneath a blazer, or more casually under a cardigan. However, it’s the one item of clothing that can make or break an outfit. If it’s too tight in the underarms, too long in the sleeves, or too baggy around your stomach then it won’t do you any favours at all and will just act as an extra layer of fabric and get in your way.
But perhaps the biggest question that arises when wearing a dress shirt, is how do you combine it with pants? I mean, you can’t just wear any old pair of pants with a shirt, it just doesn’t work like that!
A dress shirt is a type of shirt that is typically worn to work, school or other formal occasions. It has a collar and sleeves that are long enough to be buttoned all the way down. Typically, it’s made out of cotton or linen. It should be matched with pants in order to avoid looking unorganized.
Wearing a dress shirt with pants is usually pretty easy as long as you’re not super skinny and are wearing a thin, light-coloured shirt. Too skinny for the shirt and the pants will be too tight. If your waist is already narrow, then you probably don’t want to wear an XXS or XS dress shirt or if you do, you should wear it with a pair of XXL pants or a loose-fitting pair of jeans.
If you wear a dress shirt with pants, you probably want to wear the shirt untucked so it will push up your shirt if you’re wearing a t-shirt underneath (more on the idea of wearing t-shirts below). Another way to do this is just to roll up your sleeves a bit and tuck the shirt into your pants.
Like a normal dress shirt, you usually want to find formal pants instead of jeans. That way you can look trendy and casual at the same time without looking like you’re wearing some sort of uniform.
Hopefully, these tips should make it easier for you to wear a dress shirt with pants. I know I had a really hard time figuring out how to do both when I was in high school and college because I didn’t even know it was acceptable to wear half shirts (I still really don’t).
Obviously, if you feel like one of your shirt sleeves is longer than the other then it’s probably going to be less tight when you’re wearing a t-shirt underneath. Also, if there are two shorter sleeves and one long sleeve, then the shirts are probably not going to fit well with a t-shirt and may look too baggy or shapeless. (Like the picture above). Besides that, the only other way to tell if your shirt is going to look good with a t-shirt is by feeling how soft and smooth it is.
Also, you should make sure that the shirt itself does not fit too tightly. You want to make sure you’re comfortable when you wear it but at the same time you should still look good.
Pants should become part of one’s wardrobe from the age of 14 onwards as this is when a boy passes into manhood and needs to dress accordingly. Boys who prefer trousers over shorts should take care of their trousers the same way they do with their shirts. They should never deliberately tear the knees or other places as this leads to the perception of a careless person. In addition, one should always be clean and dress accordingly even if it is only for school. Wearing a dress shirt with pants will not look nice if one does not avoid wearing inappropriate shoes or using unkempt accessories such as watches, handkerchiefs and shoes.
Since trousers have a bad reputation as being formal wear, they are now worn to any kind of formal occasion. Dress shirt and pants combination is more presentable than a T-shirt and jeans combination for example. A dress shirt that is worn with pants is comfortable, professional in appearance and could be worn on special occasions such as an interview or deliverance of a speech. In addition to this, it could be worn as a special day dress at public occasions.
Dress shirts are usually buttoned all the way down and tucked into pants or a skirt. It is common for women to wear their dresses no further than the mid-thigh level for aesthetic reasons. The colour of the shirt should not contrast with that of the pants such that they appear mismatched. A dress shirt should be matched with either black or white pants if one wants to avoid wearing anything inappropriate such as pink or green clothes. However, it is recommended to avoid using too much fabric for the shirt as this might look unsuitable.
Dress shirts are typically worn with a V-neck or a crew neck, although it is also acceptable to wear an open-neck shirt. The width of the sleeves should be similar in size to that of the rest of the shirt sleeve. If one chooses to wear cufflinks, it is always recommended not to use fancy ones as this might be thought of like a show-off. One should never wear patterns or prints as these would look too formal.
Dress shirts are available in different types and styles. There are dress shirts that have a button-down collar and there are also dress shirts that have a buttonless collar with the end of the shirt tucked inside trousers. One may take advantage of the different types of shirts so that s/he can choose one that suits his/her personality and taste. Dress shirts are made from different materials such as cotton, linen, silk and satin.
The materials used for the shirt to be worn with pants are usually selected according to the situation at hand. For example, if one is going out with a lady friend over breakfast, then a softer fabric such as silk is advisable. However, if one is going out for an interview over a suit, then one should wear a smoother fabric such as linen. This will help in making sure that one does not appear unprofessional by wearing an inappropriate type of shirt.
Some people do not feel comfortable wearing a shirt with their pants. This is because the shirt may look unprofessional. It is always better to wear a different shirt when going out for an interview or when going to a workplace as this will make you more professional. This is because it will allow you to look properly dressed without having to worry about if your style of dress makes the whole outfit look inappropriate.
Dress shirts should be worn together with shoes to avoid looking unkempt. Dress shirts should not be worn as daywear when it is hot. However, they are allowed to be used as nightwear when it is cold or rainy. When wearing a dress shirt on its own, one should ensure that the sleeves are rolled up because this will allow one to avoid having to worry about the feeling of having clothes all over the body. Failure to do this may make one appear shabby.