Dress shirts as we come to know of today first began to appear in Europe in the 17th century. They were seen as undergarments to protect high value clothing items such as waistcoats (suit vests) from the muck and grime that perspires from the human body. This was important especially during a time when clothing was painstakingly hand made.
- Patterned and floral colored buttoned shirts have become the norm not only in casual settings, but in the office as well.
- Shirts that are slim fitting (tapered at the waist) are becoming increasingly common.
- Having a shirt untucked is common nowadays.
- Ties and other forms of neck-wear are no longer required when wearing a dress shirt.
- No one will bat an eye if you roll up the sleeves of your dress shirt (in the proper setting of course).
The Takeaway: The past 150 years has seen much in the transformation of menswear. The dress shirt has been the center of it all. It began as an undershirt, then transformed into a social status symbol before finally becoming the versitle piece of menswear that we know today.
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