Are button collars out-of-style?

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  1. Blackhood

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    I seem to recall that the button down collar was designed so that a gentleman playing sport was able to do so without the collar flapping.

    Buttons = keep everything secure - not a time you should be wearing a suit.
     
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    I'm not a fan of the button collar myself, coming from NE I think of it as a very preppy thing and that's not really my style. I also think it looks weird with a tie.

    I did get a shirt recently from Truzzi which has hidden buttons on the underside of the collar and I really like that - keeps the points in place but is invisible.
     
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    yes, button on the collar looks weird and uncomfortable
     
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    Yes, lots of nonsense here. Button-downs never with a tie? Well, actually, they work very well with a narrow knitted tie. I wear classic Oxford button-down shirts with my original 1960s narrow knitted ties and they look fantastic. In this context,they work fine with a suit too, particularly a more narrow cut, 'mod' style. But then again, I saw some silliness on another thread with some SF luminary insisting that such suits had jackets which were too short and we shouldn't wear them. Pfft. The key to style is knowing the 'rules', and thereafter having the confidence to break them with verve and aplomb.
     
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    Button downs with suits are frowned upon in Brtain, but not the States, I believe, which explains some of the division in this thread. I like them with suits. I also like spread collars with suits. It's not a matter of either/or as the OP seems to imply.
     
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    I don't see button-down collars to be out of style. I think they are a good option for shirts worn in a casual setting without a tie. This being said, I would not wear them with a tie and suit and opt for another collar (I prefer spread collars since they best augment my facial shape).
     
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    I was wondering the same thing myself.
     
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    If they are tacky -- which, of course, they are not -- wouldn't they look more than a 'little' unrefined?

    You, dear sir, need to 'brush up' on both your vocabulary and style.
     
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    Perhaps Ask Andy has launched an attack on Style Forum?
     
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    The OP did not mention a suit. But yes, I also recall that they were invented for people playing sport ... polo in particular ... hence the terms polo collar and shirt.

    Also I must admit ... when I played polo (in the 70s and 80s) we did not wear a traditional polo shirt ... but a type of knit shirt. I'll note that this was not my decision.

    Edit: The above said ... I might wear one with a Brooks Brothers sack suit ... but I have not owned a sack suit since I graduated from the boys department.
     
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    I fear you are correct. Lately SF is filled with advice givers who know little to absolutely nothing about style. In fact, several of these types have posted in this thread.
     
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