The dress shirt is as important to black tie as the dinner jacket or black bow tie. Dobell’s collection of men's formal dress shirts come in a huge range of styles, fit and colours. Shop our collection of tuxedo shirt options below and once you’ve selected your favourite, complete your attire with cufflinks, cummerbunds and stud buttons.
A dress shirt is as important as the tuxedo you’ve chosen to wear to your prestigious black tie event. Your dress shirt completes the formal attire expected at such a function, and is designed in a certain way for this purpose. Unlike a regular men's shirt, the dress shirt has either concealed buttons in a plain front, or a stud button front and is typically available in a double cuff option. The reason for this follows on from the tuxedos rule of masking all the workings and fittings of the outfit, including buttons, seams and stitching. The stud buttons are often plain, with a glossy inlay and were originally designed due to the stiff starched fronts of dress shirts, which were far too tough for regular buttons to fasten the shirt front.
British society assumes a dress shirt to be ivory or Marcella white and is to be worn at formal engagements such as black tie, white tie events, and dinner-dances. The traditional detachable stiff winged collar has fallen out of fashion over the past few decades, with gentlemen preferring the modern day dress shirts. We stock both the stud button holed shirts and plain fronted options, dependant on your tastes. The stud buttons can be matched to your bow tie or cummerbund colours or act in contrast to your attire accessories.
Making sure you feel comfortable in your tuxedo is as important as feeling relaxed and confident in your dress shirt underneath if you are to truly enjoy your black tie event. Ensuring you feel comfortable in tuxedo and tuxedo shirt is just as important as feeling confident in your actual appearance. We recommend taking the time to carefully re-measure yourself before ordering any of our items, but in particular our dress shirts, (and comparing your measurements against our sizing guide) so that it fits snugly enough to look stylish and sleek, but still allowing enough room to breathe freely!
If your dress shirt is too small and tight the button holes can be left gaping and cutting into your shoulder blade when ever you raise your arms. If your shirt is too big, it can mushroom or billow out over the top of the tuxedo trousers. You can disguise this to some degree with your cummerbund, but it can only do so much. Fret not however, if your shirt does not fit correctly, we will be happy to swap it for one that suits better if returned to us within 28 days. If you're looking for casual wear mens shirts, then click here..