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The 14 Best Dress Shirts for Men To Wear in 2022

The dress shirt of today is anything you want it to be.

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The idea of what constitutes a dress shirt has changed significantly over the years, not to mention any feelings we might have realized about the traditionally more formal item of clothing after accepting nearly two years of mostly at-home living.

But in truth, a dress shirt—generally accepted today as just any long-sleeve collared shirt with buttons in the front that allow it to be opened fully—remains one of the most versatile wardrobe pieces to keep on regular rotation.

Sure, dress shirts are a natural necessity for certain formal occasions (and we do recommend you follow a dress code when asked to do so), but beyond the suit and tie combo, the best dress shirts for men can—and do—work wonders in more casual settings.

And, like pretty much everything else we wear these days, men’s dress shirts too have incorporated the latest technical fabric innovations, which elevates the concept of merely donning them for ceremonial flair to being actual practical pieces of clothing.

So, whether you’re facing an inevitable return to the office where sporting dress shirts are not up for debate, or you’ve already welcomed this wardrobe mainstay and just need to hit refresh on your shirt game, take a peek at this selection of the 11 best dress shirts for men.

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Best Summer Dress Shirt
Regular-Fit Linen Shirt

Once the temperature breaks 80, you'll probably want to switch to a linen dress shirt. While the lightweight fabric is a go-to for summer, more linen dress shrits can be billowy and itchy. Arket fixes that with a lightly leaner silhouette that's dressy enough for the office.

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Slim-Fit Non-Iron Stretch Solid Dress Shirt
Calvin Klein
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This dress shirt by Calvin Klein features a spread collar, regular one-button barrel cuffs and is constructed in a performance stretch fabric that, despite the top’s more tailored fit, makes moving around an easy feat. And thanks to the cotton and elastane blend, the shirt wicks moisture and resists wrinkles, guaranteeing you’ll feel as cool as you look.

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Best Oxford Shirt
Slim-Fit Japanese Oxford Shirt

Part of Everlane’s Uniform Collection, the retailer’s take on the classic Oxford shirt is as crisp and clean as it gets. The fabric, made entirely of cotton, is slow-spun in Nishiwaki, Japan, resulting in its soft, heavenly feel. The slim-fit button-down featuring a box pleat on the back is a worthy addition to any man’s wardrobe.

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Best Short Sleeve Dress Shirt
Cotton Seersucker Pavao Short-Sleeve Shirt

The beauty of a short sleeve dress shirt? You can throw it under a blazer and still look as polished as a traditional button-up, without losing your cool. This one is rendered in a light seersucker to make it summer-friendly.

Best Budget Dress Shirt
Easy Care Stretch Slim-Fit Long-Sleeve Shirt

No shocker that one of the most beloved go-to for basics offers a dress shirt that meets several requirements—and that includes a good price point. The soft 100% cotton fabric requires no ironing, so if you’re always on the move, this long-sleeve naturally fits the bill.

The Desk To Dinner Shirt

As an e-commerce platform initially founded on finding pants that fit, Bonobos has gained a loyal following across their other apparel offerings, including their dress shirts. As this one’s name spells out, its stretchy and wrinkle-resistant fabric makes for a versatile option that’ll see you through from morning to night.

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Best Denim Dress Shirt
Classic Fit Denim Shirt
Polo Ralph Lauren

The iconic American brand’s cotton denim button-down is a prime example of how the commonly considered more formal dress shirt works perfectly well as a laidback, less stuffy alternative. Showcasing its signature embroidered pony on the chest, the top is lightweight and cut in the brand’s baggiest silhouette. More casual, sure, but certainly not less chic.

Slim-Fit Premium Poplin Dress Shirt
Banana Republic

It's a luxe poplin dress shirt under $100. If that's not enough, it features a slim silhouette to save you a trip to the tailors.

Men's BeanFlex All-Season Flannel Shirt
L.L. Bean

Yes, lovers of flannel, rejoice. There’s no reason why this piece shouldn’t fall under today’s ever-evolving definition of a dress shirt. This number is L.L. Bean’s lightest flannel shirt, with moisture-wicking qualities making it ideal for temps no matter the season. Plus, the brushed feel ensures there’s no drop in its comfy factor.

Stretch Milano Slim-Fit Dress Shirt
Brooks Brothers

As America’s oldest clothing retailer, New York-founded Brooks Brothers continues to deliver items of the highest quality. Just take this slim-fit button-down dress shirt woven from super soft and sturdy Supima cotton that’s also stretchy and wrinkle resistant. Available in a range of gentle colors, we’re digging this lovely lavender hue.

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Slim-Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt
Tommy Hilfiger

A slick tailored button-up that’s easy to pair with a range of different pants styles will multiply your smart casual outfit options. This cotton dress shirt with a spread collar by Tommy Hilfiger does just that, with its tapered body and slimmed-down sleeves adding just enough formality without veering too far, especially when you grab one in cayenne red.

Slim-Fit Cotton Gingham Shirt

These Gingham shirts have elevated the J. Crew brand to menswear staple in closets across the US. Boasting Stretch on Demand fabric for ease of movement, this slim-fit check dress shirt, which is resistant to wrinkles, is purposefully cut shorter than its OG counterpart so you can wear it tucked or untucked.

Chambray Shirt

This 100% cotton chambray shirt strikes a nice balance between being both a work-ready reserve (just throw on a tie) or a weekend break ensemble highlight (wear it open over your best T-shirt). It’s the flexibility of fitting for all sorts of occasions that’s bound to make it a much-loved number.

Cotton-Satin Shirt

If you’re keen on a splurge, Charvet—founded in Paris in 1838—is literally the world’s first ever shirt store, so you can’t go wrong with the French shirtmaker. This slim-fit beauty is crafted from a cotton-satin fabric that shines in glossy pink, with the classic collar featuring removable stays. Then there are the mother-of-pearl buttons. Now this is peak luxury.

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