Anna Kournikova sparked off a controversy with her dress shirt inspired Nike outfit at a tournament. Now the dress shirt is in every store.
So, what is a dress shirt? It is a dressy white shirt with pin tucks running parallel to the button panel, sometimes referred to as a yoke. This is the only part of the shirt which shows when one is wearing a tuxedo jacket over it. It is normally starched and has a stand-up collar or a separate collar which can be attached with a bow tie.
In its feminine avatar, the dress shirt comes in all shades, from tangerine to black, with or without prints and fancy buttons.
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The pin tucks start at the shoulders and end anywhere, from the waist to the knees, if it is a dress shirt. Women are wearing these with belts clinched high under the bosom or with waist chains slung low on the hips.
A dress shirt looks great with skinny jeans and flared skirts. Ornamental pin tucks and a dressy fabric turn it into party wear.
A few modifications like zig-zag pin tucks or graduated and fine pin tucks add to the appeal.
Another item of men's clothing which has successfully been assimilated into a woman's wardrobe.