Dress Shirts

Consider shirts as the second major component of a basic wardrobe. While 100% cotton is the most common fabric for men's dress shirts, you can find many fine looking- and less costly - polyester/cotton blend shirts. Some of the most common fabrics used for dress shirts are: oxford, which has a basket-like weave; pinpoint oxford, which has a finer weave; and broadcloth, a finely woven fabric with a crosswise weave. Whether it's all cotton or cotton blends, it's a matter of personal preference.

You can identify dress shirts by their collar styles. The two most common are the button down and point or straight collar. The button down offers a casual, less dressy look, while the point collar is the most popular style for business dress.