A shirt, or dress shirt in American English, (also button-front, or button-up shirt) is a garment with a collar, a full-length opening at the front from the collar to the hem, and sleeves with cuffs. Shirts are predominantly used by men, since women usually wear blouses. The front opening is fastened using buttons or studs, and the cuffs close with buttons or cuff links. Shirts are normally made from woven cloth, and are often accompanied by a jacket and tie, for example with a suit or formalwear, but shirts are also worn more casually. In British English, dress shirt means specifically the more formal evening garment worn with black- or white- tie, also discussed below. Some of these formal shirts have stiff fronts and detachable collars attached with collar studs. "Button-up" is sometimes used instead of "button-down" to describe the front buttoning of a shirt.
Famous quotes containing the words dress and/or shirt:
“Our passions do not live apart in locked chambers but dress in their small wardrobe of notions, bring their provisions to a common table and mess together, feeding out of the common store according to their appetite.”
—George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian)
“Theres not a shirt and a half in all my company, and the half
shirt is two napkins tacked together and thrown over the
shoulders like a heralds coat without sleeves.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)