Formal shirts used to be a rarity for women, but that has changed in recent years. Formal shirts are usually worn to work, but they can also be worn to dressy occasions or even when simply out and about. Women's formal shirts have become incredibly popular, with an abundance of styles and designs from which to choose. Some styles are more expensive than others, but there is a large selection of well-made women's formal shirts for relatively cheap prices. Listed below is information on a few of the more affordable women's formal shirts, all of which can be found on WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com.
This white and silver ruffled shirt is tuxedo-inspired and makes a great addition to any formal clothing wardrobe. Silver stripes pop off of a white shirt made of 69% cotton, 27% nylon and 4% polyester. The shirt's split collar provides an eye-catching yet conservative style. That design is complemented by a three-button placket, shirttail hem and tailored fit. It is 26 inches long and machine washable. The striped ruffle shirt retails for $68 at WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com.
If you are searching for a formal shirt that retains femininity, the eyelet top is top of the class. The shirt has a relaxed fit and elastic neckline to provide the utmost comfort. It also allows the shirt to be worn on the shoulder for a more conservative look, or off of the shoulder if the situation allows. Thus, the eyelet top is perfect for wear in the office or around the house. The smocked hem is layered with silk ribbon, and the rest of the top is 100% cotton. It costs $78.
The silk utility blouse has the traditional dress shirt style with a unique silk material, giving it a flashy yet formal feel. The 100% silk Carmeuse shirt has a classic fit with short sleeves and double-button cuffs. The shirttail hem, pleated chest pockets and felled seams add to the shirt's eye-catching form. It is to be hand washed and runs for $88.
This classic shirt silhouette comes in sheer voile, adorned with a unique plaid pattern. The split collar, pleated chest pockets and roll-up sleeves are all features of this 55% cotton, 45% polyester machine washable shirt. It may not be suitable for all work environments, as the relaxed fit gives the plaid voile shirt a look that is just as much casual as dressy. It is as comfortable as a formal dress shirt can get, however, and retails for $78.
For the ultimate dressy formal shirts, try the perfect poplin shirt. It gives a feminine feel to a masculine style. The perfect poplin shirt has an English collar, barrel cuffs, and comes tailored with darts. It is 80% cotton, 17% nylon and 3% spandex. The placket is lined with grosgrain ribbon and, on most bodies, the shirt runs to the mid-hip. It comes in white and black and runs for $68.
The gossamer camp shirt is a 70/30 cotton/silk voile blend and comes striped with pin tucked pleats. The shirt has a ruffled top and three-quarter length sleeves which can be rolled up to the elbow. The classic fit is tailored with darts, and the placket contains five buttons. The shirt comes in white and must be hand washed or dry cleaned. The gossamer camp shirt costs $88.
This 100% polyester georgette provides a refined style that is perfect for the office. Match it with dress pants to create a formal, feminine look. The shirt has epaulets at the shoulders, chest pockets, metal buttons and roll-up sleeves. The fit is slightly loose and the V-neck design gives way to a six-button placket. The sleeves have hidden snaps at the cuff and can be rolled above the elbow. The gingham camp shirt comes in a black and white checkered pattern and runs for $88.
The mitered striped blouse comes in black and white and provides a bold look for wear around the office or even at home. The 100% polyester georgette is machine washable and comes in a deep V-neck. It has a relaxed fit and smocking at the bottom of the three-quarter length sleeves. The back is a tie-close that is embellished with beads. The 24-inch formal shirt costs $88.
This silk georgette is 100% silk and dry clean only. The top of the V-neck has a unique artisanal design which is embroidered. The shirt is lightly lined and comes down to the mid-hip on most women. The silk cutout blouse has a relaxed fit and retails for $108.