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button down collar on a polo?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by eightdouble, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. eightdouble

    eightdouble Senior member

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    thoughts? i was super into it (tried it on) my girlfriend thought it was a little strange. i think it kind of exudes this sort of classic 1950s tennis wear look (as all white fred perry polos probably do). i think it adds a bit of interest to the shirt. you?

    this isn't me, btw.

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  2. SpallaCamiccia

    SpallaCamiccia Senior member

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    It looks odd and for sure useless.
     
  3. asdf

    asdf Senior member

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    I understand real (old) polo shirts, made of oxford cloth, had button down collars to stop them from flapping around.
     
  4. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    A "polo" shirt is a Brooks Brothers invention comprising:

    1. A soft, button down collar, with no interfacing and with a roll.

    2. A partial placket front, a.k.a., a popover front.

    3, A more substantial shirting, often "Oxford" cloth.

    In the Forties, BB switched their "polo" shirts to a "coat front," a full length placket, and the OCBD shirt that we know today was canonized, later on with a pocket.

    The knit, short sleeve tennis shirt was popularized by Lacoste, also AFAIK in the Forties. For reasons that are not obvious to me, this shirt is now commonly called a "polo" shirt, plausibly because of excellent Ralph Lauren marketing commencing in the late Seventies.

    Oddly, the knit shirt that everyone calls a polo shirt today is a tennis shirt...but one that is part of the uniform of most contemporary polo teams and pizza delivery men as well.

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  5. Butter

    Butter Senior member

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    That is hideous. It makes you feel like you want to punch the guy's face strangely.
     
  6. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    The buttoning of the top button is throwing me off. The only people who button the top button of these shirts are retarded people.

    Sorry for the un-PC terminology, but that look is upsetting.
     
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    I like it. Its an interesting detail.
     
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    bowtielover Senior member

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    it is a kind of useless and very dated style, dosen't really haev a place in modern times. If this sounds like you then go for it but i'm guessing you'd be better off if you didn't.
     
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    So its fashion if you wear it cause it's outdated?
     
  10. NewYorkIslander

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    I have a black 5 year old FillipaK polo like that, wore it just the other day and I like it. For all those vehemently against this, do you really think people pay that much attention to you?
     
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    I think this shirt would look entirely different if the placket were unbuttoned. Right now it looks kind of stick-up-the-arse.
     
  12. chrisb0109

    chrisb0109 Senior member

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    it is a kind of useless and very dated style, dosen't really haev a place in modern times. If this sounds like you then go for it but i'm guessing you'd be better off if you didn't.

    What makes it anymore useless than any other button down collar shirt?

    I really can't see hoe such a detail makes the shirt dated.
     
  13. bowtielover

    bowtielover Senior member

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    What makes it anymore useless than any other button down collar shirt?

    I really can't see hoe such a detail makes the shirt dated.


    because it is a style of shirt that emerged before I was even born and it should be reseved for dress shirts only and nothing else. if you can't see that then oh well but it is true.
     
  14. chrisb0109

    chrisb0109 Senior member

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    because it is a style of shirt that emerged before I was even born and it should be reseved for dress shirts only and nothing else. if you can't see that then oh well but it is true.

    When do you think most dress clothing was conceived? There is very little if any clothing that has been invented in the last 40 or 50 years.

    You not liking it is a separate issue. There is nothing inherently precluding a more casual shirt from having a button down collar.
     
  15. Cary Grant

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    That is hideous. It makes you feel like you want to punch the guy's face strangely.

    Seek counseling.
     
  16. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    because it is a style of shirt that emerged before I was even born and it should be reseved for dress shirts only and nothing else. if you can't see that then oh well but it is true.

    [​IMG]

    Please keep posting.
     
  17. Nicola

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    because it is a style of shirt that emerged before I was even born and it should be reseved for dress shirts only and nothing else. if you can't see that then oh well but it is true.

    You wear dress shirts while riding your pony_ [​IMG]
     
  18. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Senior member

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    Please keep posting.


    + £

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  19. Foxtrot

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    The buttoning of the top button is throwing me off. The only people who button the top button of these shirts are retarded people.

    Sorry for the un-PC terminology, but that look is upsetting.


    It's like some kind of rule that Fred Perry polos be worn that way. No idea why.
     
  20. Mata_Leao

    Mata_Leao Well-Known Member

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    I can't say that I'm a fan of these "button-down polos" in general, but I think that the example the op posted is particularly unattractive because it has an extremely narrow collar, which has been buttoned closed. Compare: http://cdn.is.bluefly.com/mgen/Bluef...ty=700&level=1
     

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