Men’s Plain Dress Shirts
In the early years, men’s dress shirts were dull and plain just like the grey flannel suits. White, blue, light pink, mustard yellow, light green, light grey colors in smooth finishes complemented the suits. They fit rather wide and baggy (no modern trim fits yet) with a single cuff. Cufflinks were optional but generally too fussy for this simple look. Most men’s dress shirts had a single breast pocket.
The most popular shirt collars started out as straight pointed collars with or without buttons. As tie widths and knot shapes moved from narrow to wide to ultra-skinny over the decade, so too did the collars. A straight spread collar accommodated most of the 1950s ties that had a wide tie knot. Narrow straight collars went with standard 3 inch or ultra-skinny 2-inch ties.
There were also a few years when the round collar or “club” collar tie came back in fashion from the turn of the century. Collar pins also came back in style for more conservative dressers and added a nice upscale touch to point collars. Almost all collars shortened during the decade. Most of today’s men’s shirts resemble those from the 1950s.