Originally Posted by dopey
Would you rather we go back to gauntlet buttons? On the other hand, we have yet to really discuss the demerits of front plackets (since obviously, they have no merits).
I pretty much always get a placket. But my first custom shirts, made in Zamboanga in 1997, had plain fronts. They were modeled after my favorite shirts from the 80's and 90's: those Perry Ellis ones with pleats at the shoulder. I kept all details the same, except for asking them to sew up the bottom two-three inches of the folded fabric on the fronts. That created hidden pockets where I'd slip a couple cards and money if I was traveling through rough areas.
A few years ago, I found one of those shirts and thought of getting some shirts made w/ the same fronts. Parker suggested I stick w/ plackets since, I believe, he thought they were more supportive. So I have.
ps: fwiw, I'm w/ Foo on the lack of gauntlet buttons. I think I'm against on all the other details though.
Originally Posted by bboysdontcryy
Always thought that shirts with plackets are less dressy in comparison with shirts that sport a plain front ....
I agree w/ this for shirts worn w/ ties, but really casual shirts, like camp shirts, often have no/french plackets.
And I think something similar is true about spread collars. We tend to think of spread collars as "dressy," but very casual shirts not intended to be worn w/ ties often have spread collars. I'm thinking of chambray or denim work shirts. I have old ones from LL Bean and Wrangler, for example that have a nice, moderate spread collars. I now prefer all of my dress shirts to have unlined collars, whether spread or buttondown. Both look great w/ or w/o a tie imo. The key, imo, to having dress, spread-collared shirts look good w/o a tie is to have soft, floppy collars.