Originally Posted by poorsod
To summarize "The Suit" pg 174 : The options are detachable wing collar, stiff/pique bib, single link cuff vs. attached spread collar, soft pleated front and soft French cuffs.
This is good advice. To expand on it:
The wing collar shirt mentioned above is the only one that should take single link cuffs. This shirt also must take studs, if that wasn't a given. It's a white tie shirt and what was originally worn with black tie until soft shirts started to become popular in the 1930s. By the 1940s it wasn't as typical to wear this type of shirt with black tie. I find this type of shirt too fussy for black tie and a wing collar shirt to be more like costume from 80 years ago, but that's only my opinion.
The attached spread collar shirt with a pleated front and double (French) cuffs may take studs, or it may have regular buttons (which should always be mother-of-pearl if not something fancier) or a fly front. Double cuffs go best with the less dressy nature of the shirt, and those may be double link cuffs or cocktail cuffs (my preference, being a fan of James Bond and 1960s fashion).
An attached spread collar shirt may also have a pique bib, collar and cuffs, which should either take studs or have a fly front. Regular buttons don't suit the heightened formality of a pique bib.
A third option for the spread collar dress shirt can be to make the whole shirt out of a fancy white-on-white cloth. It's less traditional but an elegant alternative. This kind of shirt should take either buttons on the front or a fly front. I had a shirt like this made, and it's too dressy for anything other than black tie or a dark suit for dressy evening occasions. Yet another option is to get a silk shirt, and I'd apply the same conventions to that as the white-on-white shirt I just mentioned. Silk is very luxurious, though it wears warm.