However, the basic design of shirts still remains unchanged and is unlikely to change in the future. The changes have been largely peripheral. Shirts can be classified in many ways. Some of the common methods are described here.
Casual Vs. Formal
Traditionally, men’s shirts are classified as formals and casuals. Formals, as the name indicates, are meant for formal occasions such as going to work, attending official functions, and visiting any other places where dignity and good appearance have to be maintained. Formals usually have dark colors or subtle light colors. The design is not extravagant and usually done with a single color. For a checked shirt, the lines are created with another matching color.
Casual shirts indicate fun and play. These can have vibrant and extravagant designs. Bright colors and funny patterns are used to attract attention. There are no set rules for designing casuals. The designer can be as creative as possible. It can be weird, funny, or iconoclastic. If the formal shirts represent the stiff upper lip of officialdom, casuals denote the carefree hilarity of fun and mirth. Examples of casual shirts are camp shirt, bush shirt, guayabera, and sports-related shirts like tennis shirt and baseball shirt.
Almost all types of shirts can be fitted into the category of either formal or casual. A third category of men’s shirts is T-shirts (or tee-shirts). Normally, T-shirts come under the category casual wear. However, there are a number of different types of T-shirts available. T-shirts have enough merits to be considered as a separate category.
The World Of T-shirts
In the traditional sense, T-shirts can be defined as collar-less and button-less shirts. However, currently one can find T-shirts in the market with both collar and buttons. T-shirts have a huge market out there. To tap the requirements of new kinds of T-shirts, designers have adopted many innovations such as collars and buttons. Ringer T-shirts are an example of collared T-shirts.
T-shirts are perhaps the most sold-out item in the category of men’s shirts. They can be highly informal and easy on the body. Of late, T-shirts have become a medium for expressing one’s ideology and passion for sports. Sportsman’s jerseys are the most popular example of this category. The jerseys of famous sports clubs and stars are sold in millions. The clubs of various sports leagues and the stars in these leagues are the catalysts that spur T-shirt sales. However, the most famous and the most sold-out T-shirt is the one that contains the famous photograph of the Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto Che Guerra.
T-shirts can also be used to express one’s view of the world affairs. People who protest against governments these days keep their slogans close to their heart – that is they print the slogans on the T-shirt. Also, one can print cheeky and light hearted messages on this type of men’s shirts.