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Dress shirts - to placket or not to placket?

Ianiceman

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Is there a general theme that a placket is more or less formal than no placket? Formality is often dictated by relation to formal clothes. I have a tuxedo shirt with a placket for studs and another where the left shirt front just folds in on itself so no clues there.

What do you do for your bespoke/MTM shirts?
 

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I get a placket, I think it looks better when I wear the shirt without a tie.
 

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i've always thought that no placket is a quite French/Italian look. i always get a placket when i order shirts.
 

Ianiceman

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Originally Posted by landshark
I get a placket, I think it looks better when I wear the shirt without a tie.

Yeah I suppose it's moot if you wear a tie every day as it won't be visible but without a tie the symmetry of the placket probably looks better.
 

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I order no placket on my shirts. I think it looks cleaner and I consider a placket a more casual option like button down collars.
 

HarleyBob

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If it is a casual button down shirt, placket.
If it is a dress shirt,especially french cuffs, no placket
 

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every shirt i own, dress or sport, has a placket.

i like fly fronts for wear with bowties because it looks cleaner. might look odd to some though.
 

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i go no placket, no pocket. clean and neat.
 

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I prefer a placket. If it's worn without a tie I like the rigidity it gives the shirt. I also like the symmetry. If worn with a tie the placket isn't seen.
 

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So about a 50-50 split? You've gotta love SF!!
 

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I never order shirts w/ placket, I just think they're ugly.
 

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Never placket. Ugly and sportive.
 

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I've never cared for the look and feel of placketless shirts. A few of my custom shirts have no plackets, but most of them are placketed -- even the formal, French cuffed ones.

Some people will claim up and down that plackets are a sporty / nondressy feature, but as far as I am aware, this is pure speculation or retroactive application of purpose.
 

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It's a lot easier to make a shirt without a placket, especially if it's patterened. They're also easier to iron. That's my guess as to why they're so popular. It's certainly not more formal or stylish.
 

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