All this recent chambray talk has me thinking of other sartorial riddles wrapped in enigmas--namely, the ideal roll for a buttondown collar.
Yeah, I'll admit it: I have no idea what people mean when they say "nice roll." I know how I prefer my own collars, but I've observed near zero consistency whether a roll is admired or regretted. Moreover, this variability goes all the way to the tip-top of the buttondown universe: the legendary, extinct, unlined Brooks Brothers OCBD collar. People post black and white photos of vintage specimens all the time. Then, everyone young and old comments wistfully on the greatness of what's been lost. Meanwhile, I nod and smile in agreement, trying to be respectful of religious beliefs.
But let's get real. Each one of those Golden Age OCBD collars looks completely different from one another. Some show only a hint of roll up top, some roll over the top of the collar band before turning straight, and others are bell-shaped, rolling up top before inverting into another roll toward the points. There are rumpled-up versions, and baby smooth ones. Some are subtle, while others are bombastic.
At the end, I truly have no idea which is supposed to be the one. I just know they can't possibly all qualify.
So, make yourself heard. Visit my blog to see the collars in higher resolution and add comments there. I know which I think is the best one, but I'm not saying anything until the results are in!