Originally Posted by cptjeff
Go right ahead. Very traditional American style. Brits will gnash their teeth at it, but who needs their poppycock anyway?
Here's some poppycock from a British person:
Actually British men don't dislike shirts with button down collars, and you do see men wearing them with ties in the UK, but in Britain it is not the recognised classic style as it is in the US. It seems to be something that goes in and out of favour more like a fashion than a classic style. In the 1980s, I recall button down collars and ties being fairly common in Britain, and I wore them myself occassionally. I've seen vintage photos of British men wearing button down collars with ties from the 40s and 50s. It's not much in favour now, and though you can buy button down shirts in Britain, few of them would accommodate a tie - they are intended to be worn only casually.
My opinion now is that buttons on collars are rendered redundant by a tie. If you aren't going to wear a tie, buttons are a good way to hold the collar down in place to avoid the 'hovering collar' look whereby the collar can float a couple of cms above the shoulders or chest. When I'm not wearing a tie, I tend to wear button down collars. If I plan to wear a tie, I will not pick a button down colllared shirt. Wearing both a button down shirt and a tie is - in my view - a bit like wearing both belt and braces.
I think the current fashion in London for very cutaway collars is due to them looking neater when worn without a tie, it's an alternative solution to buttons on the collar for the 'hovering collar' look in a tie-less 'business casual' environment. I suspect most very cutaway collared shirts are never worn with ties.
I really don't hear much tooth gnashing going on when some guy shows up wearing a button down with a tie; most British men wouldn't even notice. But if he shows up wearing a suit with brown shoes, well that's a different matter entirely ...