Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Fabrics for button-down shirts?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by chorse123, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

    Messages:
    10,448
    Likes Received:
    74
    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2004
    I own a grand total of zero button-down shirts, but am thinking about adding a few. What type of design do you like for your bd shirts? Stripes? Checks? Small? Large? Plain? Just curious.
     


  2. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,091
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2005
    Location:
    Tombstone
    Personally, I generally stick to Brooks' solids. I like both white and blue.

    (Reminds me of that line from the Blues Brothers: "We've got both kinds, country and western.")

    I also have a bengal stripe BD that I like.
     


  3. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

    Messages:
    10,876
    Likes Received:
    36
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2006
    Location:
    Back in Black
    My one current button-down shirt is a Brooks' non-iron blue-and-white houndstooth in the royal blue. Something about that combination just seems natural to me.
     


  4. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    5,956
    Likes Received:
    654
    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Brooks does a nice line of twills with candy stripes in cheerful colors. Expensive, but very nice.

    Otherwise, their standard oxford solids are hard to beat if you don't have anything like them.
     


  5. constant struggle

    constant struggle Senior member

    Messages:
    5,005
    Likes Received:
    57
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2007
    lets expand on this point
    which types of fabrics are appropriate for button down collars
    most of us know the famous: OCBD (Oxford Cloth)
    But what other fabrics do you all have your BD's in?
    Poplin Button Down?
    Twill Button Down?

    Please elaborate...
     


  6. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Senior member

    Messages:
    4,505
    Likes Received:
    557
    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Location:
    New York
    I would think small checks in soft, natural colors like brown, orange, green, blue and burgundy would work pretty well. I plan on a getting a few of those myself at some point.
     


  7. philosophe

    philosophe Senior member

    Messages:
    4,902
    Likes Received:
    168
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    I would think small checks in soft, natural colors like brown, orange, green, blue and burgundy would work pretty well. I plan on a getting a few of those myself at some point.

    I think this is an excellent suggestion.
     


  8. constant struggle

    constant struggle Senior member

    Messages:
    5,005
    Likes Received:
    57
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2007


  9. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

    Messages:
    6,134
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2005
    Fabrics that are soft but not too soft and substantial but not too substantial. Especially thick, stiff or hard fabrics make for a bad button down collar.

    I think in the USA a lot of times when men want a shirt to wear without a tie, they get a button down. Ive seen them work with Madras, Seersucker, linen, Bamboo/linen, poplin, all weights of oxford, even those brushed cotton flannels and viyella wool/cotton mixes, maybe even some fine twills. I would imagine that once you get into 160s cotton or very heavy twills they start to be a waste of time, even making doing up the buttons a problem.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by