The Best White Dress Shirts Will Make You Look Like the Boss You Are

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Van Heusen Slim-Fit Traveler Dress Shirt

Van Heusen Slim-Fit Traveler Dress Shirt

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Van Heusen—a New York-based company named after a John Manning Van Heusen,a Dutch immigrant who invented a way to fuse cloth together—is one of the bigger players in the affordable dress shirt game. And there’s a good reason its wares are so popular. This slim-fit white dress shirt, for example, is made of four-way stretch fabric that allows for maximum movement. The material is also quick-drying and doesn’t require an iron, which makes it ideal for traveling.

Calvin Klein Slim-Fit Dress Shirt

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Slim-Fit Dress Shirt

Calvin Klein Slim-Fit Dress Shirt

Calvin Klein, the brand that ushered in minimalism in the ’90s, continues to offer styles that stay true to this ethos: styles with very little adornment that focus on sharp, flattering cuts. Over the years, the label started to engineer garments that prioritized function as much as form—including this slim-fit white dress shirt that’s enhanced with moisture-wicking and wrinkle-resistant fibers.

J.Crew Slim-Fit Ludlow Premium Fine Cotton Dress Shirt

Slim-Fit Ludlow Premium Fine Cotton Dress Shirt

J.Crew Slim-Fit Ludlow Premium Fine Cotton Dress Shirt

The mighty J.Crew: We’ve pretty much already said all there is to say about this giant in the world of retail. From shirts and suits to board shorts and shoes, the brand’s classic pieces, regardless of the trend du jour, are all-around best-sellers. And topping the list is the Ludlow, a slim suit introduced in the early 2010s (by then-menswear designer Todd Snyder) that, more than a decade later, has expanded to a full range of products and become the stylish professional’s go-to. This dress shirt from the line, in 100 percent cotton with a streamlined French placket and subtle spread collar, more than lives up to the Ludlow reputation.

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Brooks Brothers Stretch Madison Relaxed-Fit Dress Shirt

Stretch Madison Relaxed-Fit Dress Shirt

Brooks Brothers Stretch Madison Relaxed-Fit Dress Shirt

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Brooks Brothers is the name to know in the world of white dress shirts. Since the 1800s, the brand, reputedly the oldest in the apparel industry, has been offering gentlemanly styles, particularly ones made of cotton. It has refined and perfected the white dress over the centuries, providing a selection of different cuts, collars, and weaves. And one of the greatest hits is the Madison, a relaxed-fit option (it’s pretty roomy) made of Supima cotton with some elastane that’s treated with wrinkle-resistant technology. It features a spread collar, French front placket, and barrel cuffs—the kinds of characteristics that’ll work for all formal occasions.

Lululemon Commission Long Sleeve Shirt

Commission Long Sleeve Shirt

Lululemon Commission Long Sleeve Shirt

Like J.Crew and Everlane, Lululemon’s stuff is always up to snuff. The brand started off producing athletic apparel that took the category to new heights with premium fabrics and streamlined silhouettes—workout clothes for peeps that liked to show off at the gym. Over the past few years, the brand started to branch into office-ready clothing, offering the kinds of elevated basics—like this sweat-wicking, odor-regulating, four-way stretch white dress shirt—that are for people that like to show off outside the gym.

Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Dress Shirt

Jetsetter Stretch Dress Shirt

Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Dress Shirt

Bonobos is an obvious go-to for most things menswear, and when it comes to the finer things, they still prevail as a superior option. At a very reasonable price, this white dress shirt is a simple, versatile classic that you can wear on its own, or with a tie, or with a suit jacket, or all of the above. Plus, it’s quite stretchy, so you won’t feel restricted in movement.

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Todd Snyder Spread Collar Poplin Dress Shirt

Spread Collar Poplin Dress Shirt

Todd Snyder Spread Collar Poplin Dress Shirt

Todd Snyder is taking the traditional route in collaboration with Thomas Mason, a shirtmaker dating back to 1796. If it’s not broken, why fix it? This is a classic, simple shirt—small, subtle buttons, a spread collar, and a perfect fit.

Everlane Relaxed Poplin Shirt

Relaxed Poplin Shirt

Everlane Relaxed Poplin Shirt

I have some very good news—you can get a white dress shirt for under $100. Everlane’s version is just a bit more relaxed than a standard dress shirt, but it’s poplin, so if you throw a suit jacket on, no one will know. Plus, the move these days does tend to be mixing suiting and slouching, so this is a fantastic, modern option.

Buck Mason Perfect Oxford One Pocket Shirt

Perfect Oxford One Pocket Shirt

Buck Mason Perfect Oxford One Pocket Shirt

It’s in the name, really—this is a perfect Oxford. Oh, and it has a pocket. There’s not too much going on here, making it a great, functional base for the rest of your fit.

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Theory Cedrick Shirt

Cedrick Shirt

Theory Cedrick Shirt

Now 60% Off

A crisp white shirt done to perfection, Theory’s option is everything a suit needs. Clean lines, smart tailoring, and no obvious branding? Sounds good in my books. Grab one while they’re on sale.

Uniqlo Premium Linen Long-Sleeve Shirt

Premium Linen Long-Sleeve Shirt

Uniqlo Premium Linen Long-Sleeve Shirt

Uniqlo does basics like no other, and in this day and age, a white dress shirt is absolutely a basic. This one is perfect for summer events (like weddings, galas, or meetings) because of its lightweight linen fabric. But don’t be put off by the material: it retains a sense of classiness with smart, sleek tailoring.

Amazon Essentials Slim-Fit Long-Sleeve Oxford Shirt

Slim-Fit Long-Sleeve Oxford Shirt

Amazon Essentials Slim-Fit Long-Sleeve Oxford Shirt

Now 15% Off

If you’re in a time crunch and need one (or several) dress shirt on a budget, go with Amazon Essentials. They’re cheap, ship fast, and, really, who will be able to tell the difference when you have a tie and blazer on anyway?

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David Donahue Trim Fit Royal Oxford Dress Shirt

Trim Fit Royal Oxford Dress Shirt

David Donahue Trim Fit Royal Oxford Dress Shirt

With a thick, durable fabric and trim fit, this is the ultimate go-to shirt. You might not even have to iron it, honestly; the fabric is so wrinkle-resistant, it’ll hang perfectly in your closet.

BOSS Hank Slim Fit Dress Shirt

Hank Slim Fit Dress Shirt

BOSS Hank Slim Fit Dress Shirt

For a slim option of a slightly lighter material, BOSS has a white dress shirt sans bells and whistles, plus clean, classic tailoring.

Cos Minimal Tailored Shirt

Minimal Tailored Shirt

Cos Minimal Tailored Shirt

Keep things minimal with a shirt that you don’t have to think twice about. Cos does all the work for you, giving you a basic white slate upon which the rest of your outfit can reside in harmony.

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Etro Slim-Fit Paisley-Print Cotton-Poplin Shirt

Slim-Fit Paisley-Print Cotton-Poplin Shirt

Etro Slim-Fit Paisley-Print Cotton-Poplin Shirt

Luxurious and modern, Etro’s dress shirt gives timeless elegance and cool classiness. The cotton-poplin fabric is at once soft and sturdy, so you can wear it year-round.

Tom Ford Double-Cuff Cotton Tuxedo Shirt

Double-Cuff Cotton Tuxedo Shirt

Tom Ford Double-Cuff Cotton Tuxedo Shirt

With a double cuff, Tom Ford’s white dress shirt is for the fanciest of fancy occasions. Wear it with a tux or with a suit jacket and don’t even worry for a second about not being dressed up enough—with this on, you’ll be confident you are.

Turnball and Asser Plain White Cotton Dress Shirt

Plain White Cotton Dress Shirt

Turnball and Asser Plain White Cotton Dress Shirt

The name may say “plain,” but ain’t nothing plain about Turnball and Asser’s shirts. The English brand, for over century, has outfitted Winston Churchill, Prince Charles, and two men that held the mantle of 007: Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan. It employs the finest tailors to meticulously construct shirts—usually made of Egyptian cotton or Sea Island cotton—that feature ethically sourced mother-of-pearl buttons. The collars and cuffs (there are two that are signature to the label) are always razor sharp, and the silhouette is always streamlined. If looks could kill, this shirt definitely has the license to do so.

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Zegna Regular-Fit Dress Shirt

Regular-Fit Dress Shirt

Zegna Regular-Fit Dress Shirt

We’ve said a lot about Italian tailoring already, but when it comes to the subject, we’d be remiss not to mention Ermenegildo Zegna. Since 1910, the Milan-based label has been making the spiffiest menswear, from knits to leather goods. But it really excels when it comes to suits and the things that go with them. For generations, the brand has been producing blazers, trousers, and, of course, white dress shirts that are practically faultless. It doesn’t skimp on quality or cut, making sure that its styles are made of the finest cotton and are expertly constructed to fit like a dream. This shirt, with its elegant French cuff and precise made-in-Italy construction, is no exception.

Charvet Basic Solid Point-Collar Dress Shirt

Basic Solid Point-Collar Dress Shirt

Charvet Basic Solid Point-Collar Dress Shirt

Charvet: the Mac Daddy, purveyor of the best white dress shirts out there. The brand is the oldest categorical shirt maker in the world, holding court at a six-story townhouse on the Place Vendôme in Paris for well over a century. During this time, the premier label has dressed kings, presidents, poets, and artists—the kind of names that are tacked on mood boards. It has trumped competitors throughout the generations by prioritizing quality. Yes, we’ve said that about many labels, and deservedly so, but Charvet, on cachet alone, is a cut above the rest.

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Trishna Rikhy is the Associate Style Commerce Editor at Esquire. Previously, her writing has appeared in Vogue Runway, PAPER Magazine, V Magazine, V MAN, and more. She is based in NYC, but can probably be found wherever the strongest cup of coffee is.

Barry Samaha is the former style commerce editor at Esquire, where he covered all things fashion and grooming. Previously, he was an editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Surface, and WWD, along with overseeing editorial content at Tod’s Group. He has also written for The Daily Beast, Coveteur, Departures, Paper, Bustle Group, Forbes, and many more. He is based in New York City and can’t seem to find enough closet space for all his shoes. 

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