Fabrics for button-down shirts?

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  1. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    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.
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     
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    grimslade Senior member

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    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.
     
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    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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

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    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...
     
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    Slewfoot Senior member

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    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.
     
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    philosophe Senior member

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    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.
     
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    constant struggle Senior member

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    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    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.
     

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