I've finally taken to paying attention to the care of my clothes which means I've been ironing my own shirts. Â I noticed that some of my button-ups have no pleats, some have box pleats and I have one shirt with side pleats. Â Can someone provide an explanation as to how the pleats affect the way the shirt hangs, how it looks, and what is considered fashionable vs. conservative. Â Thanks for the good advice.
Most shirts sold in the United States have box pleats. Most higher-end shirts have the side (or shoulder) pleats. Some shirts (mostly very high-end Neapolitan shirts) have little micropleats all across the yoke. The pleats are supposed to give you more freedom of movement in the shoulders, and maybe they do. However, I've never noticed that they make that much difference. I'd argue that shoulder pleats are more stylish than box pleats and that the micropleats are just plain quirky. I'd agree with matadorpoeta that no pleats is more fashionable/trendy than the other options. <begin unsolicited advice> Keep ironing your own shirts. The less you send them to the cleaners, the longer they'll last. <end unsolicited advice>