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Casual Dress Shirt VS Dress Shirt

insanestyle

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There are alot of nice quality shirts out there which are tagged as dress shirts but to my confused eyes are deeply suspect and seemingly just cross over the fine line between dress and dress casual (esp. the european dress shirts)

So what are the "rules" exactly or am on on the proverbial hunt for Shangri-la? I've searched old posts here on the forum and could not come up with much.
What about a dress shirt can cross the line over into the realm of "casual dress"/"sports shirts"?

Ignoring the obvious (or what I believe):
short sleeves
multicolor diagonal stripe patterns
button-down collars
low thread count/loose weaves

Patterns that seemingly to me that invoke casual dress:
houndstooth
multicolor stripes (more than 2 colors)
anything circular or paisley

Or is the barometer simply if it can tastefully be worn with a tie at all?
Thoughts?
 

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