Collared shirts are the thinking man’s garment of choice for adding a crisp touch to any outfit. And if you think these shirts are only for getting dressed up, think again — because there are types of collared shirts for every mood and occasion.
The EG staff loves these shirts for their versatility.
So we’ve put together a list of the types of collared shirts you’re going to want to wear, complete with styling tips and recommendations for some of our favorite shirts.
Dress shirts are the most formal style in the collared
If you want to look your best in a dress
Twillory’s crisp white dress shirts are a style staple that we can’t get enough of here at Effortless Gent. The double-ply cotton is comfortable but durable, and pairs well with the reinforced seams. Yet somehow, the whole
Named after a prestigious university in England, the Oxford shirt is a close cousin to the dress
- Oxford shirts use a special basket weave style that makes them more durable, flexible, and breathable than standard weaves.
- The collar on an Oxford
shirtbuttons down, letting it stay upright and in place.
You’re spoiled for options when it comes to picking out the best Oxford shirt for your wardrobe. Everlane’s slim fit Japanese style Oxfords are a great mid-range option that look great tucked or untucked.
Short Sleeve Button Down
Uniqlo is a great place to go for these shirts, since you can stock up on colors at a reasonable price. Their linen cotton short sleeve shirt comes in six colors and has a slim fit, with a big Cuban-style collar.
What looks like denim but wears like lightweight cotton? The chambray
And the weave of a chambray
Chambray shirts are excellent to wear year-round. Bonobos’ shirts are a great example of the style.
The Cuban-born guayabera
Cubavera is the go-to supplier for traditionally styled guayabera shirts. Their short sleeve embroidered shirt ticks off all the boxes, from its lightweight construction to its embroidered rows and four patch pockets.
Polo shirts have an almost magical ability to look good on guys of any age. They look great with jeans, chinos, slacks, or shorts, and you can throw one on any time of year. Really, there’s no good reason not to have a few polo shirts in your closet!
Cotton shirts are made from the cotton plant (duh), and linen shirts are made from the flax plant. Yep! The same flax that you might have put in your morning smoothie. Shirts made from linen are lighter weight and more cooling than cotton, making them a perfect choice for the summertime.
They’re not the best choice for wearing to the office though, as they hold onto wrinkles more than cotton shirts.
J. Crew’s Baird McNutt Irish linen shirt sports a full and roomy fit that’s made to keep you cool and dry. Let it get a few creases for that “studied carelessness” look.
J.Crew sourced their linen from Ireland's Baird McNutt mill (Irish linen is considered to be the world's finest, and Baird McNutt's the finest in Ireland) and it has an incredible softness, thanks to a weaving process that the mill has been perfecting since 1912.
Aloha shirts and bowling shirts both fall under the “camp
Obviously, camp shirts aren’t meant for formal wear — in fact, they’re about as casual as it gets. Even so, sticking with a more reserved color palette will open up more occasions to wear one of these. J. Crew’s short sleeve garment-dyed camp shirt is an excellent choice for the style.
Part sweater and part polo
It doesn’t get any more classic than L.L. Bean’s quilted rugby shirt. Updated with a more modern slim fit, it still features traditional touches like elbow patches, rubber buttons, and a woven collar.
Flannel shirts are made of cotton, wool, or synthetic fibers. They feature a looser weave and a napped (fuzzy) texture that’s perfect for cold weather. And though they don’t have to sport a plaid or tartan pattern, the most iconic flannel shirts always do.
Flint and Tinder’s American made flannel shirt is exactly what you’re looking for in this style — soft, warm, colorful, and durable.
Also known as an overshirt, the
Before You Go…
How many of these types of collared shirts do you have in your closet? Whatever the occasion, we hope that you possibly found a new favorite kind of collared shirt to wear!