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Dress Shirt vs. Sport Shirt with a Sport Coat

Bentley

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If one is wearing a sport coat with dress pants and a tie, is a sport shirt or a dress shirt more appropriate? (Or does it matter?)
 

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Depends.
 

wysiwyg

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Sport shirt means short-sleeved shirt, right? Never a reason to wear them.
 

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I was wondering what sport shirt means myself. Like Brooks Brothers sports vs dress shirts seem similar aside from the presence of a logo on sport shirts and sizing in S,M,L vs neck size
 

Bentley

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Originally Posted by wysiwyg
Sport shirt means short-sleeved shirt, right? Never a reason to wear them.

About.com offers the following definition:

"The biggest difference between the two is the fit. Sport shirts are more loosely fitted while dress shirts are more tailored and meant to be worn with a tie and under a suit."
 

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Sport shirts are generally made of thicker, rougher material (dress shirts should be made of fairly fine cotton). Doesn't necessarily imply short sleeve at all.

As for the original question, I'd say it depends on what look you're going for. A nice navy jacket, if worn with wool slacks and a silk tie, probably goes better with a dress shirt or OCBD. On the other hand, a heavy tweed with a wool tie and flannels would be perfectly fine carrying a thicker sport shirt. It also depends on what's the "loud" part of the wardrobe -- if the tie, sport coat, and pants are very conservative, then you may want a shirt with a more eye-catching pattern, which means sport shirts. Dress shirts are conservative in general, so they go well when your tie or sport coat has a distinct, "loud" pattern.
 

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Sport shirt worn without tie and tucked in or out. S/M/L/XL
Dress shirt worn with tie and tucked in. 15/16/17/18.
The fit depends on the brand.
The rest is up to you.
 

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A polo shirt, for example, is a sport shirt and features no structured collar whereas a casualdress or dress shirts does. You could wear either, but as stated above, it depends on where you are going, etc.
 

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