Fun fact: dress shirts and button up shirts are the same thing and can be used interchangeably, but a button-down shirt means that the collar buttons down. Dress shirts for women are usually made with a woven fabric (no stretch) like silk, cotton, satin or linen. A white dress shirt made with a slightly textured cotton is called an Oxford shirt. Dress shirts for women have several components: the back, the yoke, plackets, cuffs, a collar and buttons. Each of these features has several variations, creating almost limitless options for dress shirts for women. Western shirts, plaid shirts, flannel shirts and blouses all fall in the dress shirts for women category. Dress shirts for women can be casual or dressy, depending on what you pair it with. Trousers or a pencil skirt is great for the office or try them with jeans for the weekend. A white dress shirt is classic with a black blazer, and a bit more formal.