Dress Shirts 101 -1

Dress Shirts 101: From formal to casual, which dress shirt is right for the occasion? – Part 1

Dress shirts have played a large role in the development of society as a whole. The classic white dress shirt acts as a great foundation for the gentlemanly suit, and has been around since as early as the 17th century. Dress shirts have played a major role in the development of society as a whole, finding its place as a mainstay in companies across the globe.

Take a stroll down the city streets and you’ll find that many people opt for dress shirts as casual wear. It seems that everyone can pull off the casual look using the same dress shirts meant for the workforce. This is a testament to the versatility of the humble dress shirt, and shows how good of an investment a good dress shirt can be.

In this multi-part dress shirt guide, we walk you through the different aspects you should consider when picking, wearing, and maintaining your dress shirts. By the end of things, you should be a maestro when it comes to all things dress shirt.


In terms of looking formal, you might think that it’s as simple as choosing a white, navy or black dress shirt and calling it a day, and you’re not wrong. However, to really look your best you’ll have to put in a little more work. While white and navy work great with black and blue suits respectively, you can always choose other colours to stand out more even in an office setting. A great middle ground to choose is grey, being formal while still straying from the norm of black and white.

For the casual vibe, why stick to the typical colours? You can find success with more vibrant colours, and even take things a step further by incorporating patterns in. Stripes and checks are common choices even in the office, and choosing the right design can help you nail down that casual vibe. A good rule of thumb is to find something that works well with your skin complexion. If it looks good, it is good.


When selecting dress shirts, you’ll want to find the perfect fit, which is of the utmost importance in determining how good you look. Ideally you should have a good dress shirt that fits you like a glove, and that covers everything from the shoulders down to your sleeve cuffs. Comfort is key here, and you’ll want to make sure you aren’t restricted in movement when trying out the shirts. Sleeve-wise, they should end right at your thumb knuckle.

With careful shopping, even store-bought dress shirts can look great and fit well. However, when in doubt, why not try out made-to-measure dress shirts? These are shirts that, when purchased, involve taking your measurements, and having the factory create a shirt matching your measurements, meaning an even better fit.

If you want to take things a step further, why skimp on the fit when affordable tailoring is an option? Store-bought clothing can be altered to enhance the fit even further. Or, why stop there? You can have a custom-tailored dress shirt designed to your tastes, and you have your say in every stage of design, from the fabric down to the colour. A skilled tailor will ensure that you get a shirt that flatters your strong points and accommodates less than satisfactory aspects like sloppy shoulders and tummies.

And that’s where we come in

We are Louis Collections, based in Bangkok, and you can count on us for all your tailoring needs. When it comes to dress shirts, we have decades of experience. Whether you need some simple alterations made, or you want a whole new shirt made, we’ve got you covered. We have satisfied customers all across the globe, so we guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.