As the sun starts to shine and the weather warms up it can be hard to dress well and keep cool. So whether you’re in the office, at a family party or chilling out in CBD , a dress casual shirt is a style must for those smart days.

When it comes to looking for men’s clothes; let’s face it – we’ve got the shorter end of the stick in comparison to the fairer sex. While the ladies have a plethora of options from dresses to silky skirts, we’re left with a selection of trousers and some simple shirt options.

While we mightn’t have a broad range of options at our disposal, this gives us all the more reason to be completely clued up on what we do have. In the complete guide below, we’ll show you how a dress casual shirt should be worn on men, what materials you should be looking for and how to style one for several different occasions. You’re welcome!



The dress shirt is no longer reserved exclusively for lawyers and accountants in full business regalia; they are now commonly worn for various different occasions, regardless of season and by men from all walks of life. Before we continue, check out some simple styling tips on how you can make the most of your dress shirt for every occasion.


You can button your shirt all the way up for a smart look, even if you’re not wearing a tie. For smart casual you can get away with undoing only your top button. And for the more casual style, simply undo a few more buttons. But don’t go over the top, you don’t need your whole chest on display.


Long sleeves and a tie give you the smartest look. You can also turn up your cuffs or roll them up to the elbows for a more casual look or when the weather gets a lot hotter.



You may be wondering how you can possibly contemplate wearing a shirt in the heat without getting all hot and flustered. The mistake you’re making is that you’re wearing the same type of shirt all year round. If you buy the correct dress shirt or dress casual shirt for the right season you’ll stay smart, not sweaty.


This is probably the most important thing to think about when buying any hot weather appropriate clothing for men. Buying the right material is easy – stick with natural fabrics. Cotton is the best fabric for hot weather as it keeps you cool and dries quickly, but other natural fabrics like linen and wool will also keep you cool.

Dress casual shirts are traditionally created using stiffer fabrics, so you may struggle to find one in linen, however a cotton/linen blend is a good fabric for hot weather clothing. But with the right weave, it will create breathable clothing for hot weather. It works in a dry or humid heat because it soaks up moisture, keeping it away from the skin, and dries quickly.

Button – down

A well-fitting button-down shirt is the glue that holds your dress casual wardrobe together, and if you need a break from basic oxfords, there’s plenty out there for you right now. Try a short sleeved button-down shirt for relaxed look that still means business.


It is the time for light colours. Dress casual shirts were traditionally white but they don’t have to be. Try to be more adventurous with orange, burgandy and blues, which will still look smart. Even an off white shirt will look preppy in the sunshine. Pale colours reflect the light, while dark ones will absorb it. You may think you’re hiding the sweat patches, but you’re probably sweating more.

Office to party

No one wants to be that guy who turns up to that smart/casual event in a T-shirt and shorts because the sun is shining. It can be hard to figure out what to wear when you’re supposed to be smart and casual. But it’s better to dress smarter, and then tone it down than go full on casual.

A lightweight jacket is a stylish choice for that dress casual look. It looks like you’ve just left the office, but you’re ready to relax and socialise. Start with a solid shirt – you can get away with wearing a slight pattern if you want, then add a darker navy or beige lightweight jacket to match. The jacket should feel light to wear, so try a cotton jacket with a loose weave.

On That Note

Now that the thought of wearing a dress casual shirt in Singapore isn’t so daunting you can wear a one at any time of year and for any occasion. Once you’ve gone through the materials and colours, don’t forget about accessories and shoes – this will put you one step ahead of the crowd when it comes to dress causal styling.