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Formal Shirts: Buttons or no?

dorian

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Opinions?

It is odd, I find, that I've seen not one formal shirt from Borrelli, for example, that doesn't have buttons. This is quite fine with me, really, but how correct is it, after all?

I'll soon need to purchase a new formal shirt, and I am leaning toward Borrelli (with buttons), so your opinions would be most appreciated.

Edit: Would anyone agree that buttons are less formal? (Much easier though...)
 

Alexander Kabbaz

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Buttons, unless a hidden (fly) front, are wrong. Not just a little bit ... just ... wrong.

However, we sometimes make a mostly hidden button formal shirt with three black pearl shank (tiger eye) buttons showing where the studs would normally go. Also, we supply all of our formal shirts with a "button strip" - a piece of cotton twill binding with three black pearl shank buttons sewn to it for use instead of studs when necessary.
 

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Alex, any suggestions on where to go for proper formal shirts in NYC? (I don't think one of your beautiful creations is in the cards this time
someday soon, however...)
 

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Edit: Would anyone agree that buttons are less formal? (Much easier though...)
Oh, absolutely. Which is precisely why they are wrong. Except, maybe, on a fly-front linen summer formal shirt.
 

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The borrelli shirt may have buttons sewn on to a removable cotton tape as Alex Described. What sort of shirt do you have in mind? Traditional Pleats. FAncy swiss pleating? Plain fine line pique Bib style birdseye pique Carl www.cego.com
 

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Traditional pleats or plain fine line pique... I'm having difficulty decided on type of collar; would a winged or semi-spread collar be best? Heck, I can't even find proper shirts in nyc. I wish hadn't gotten a fatter neck so I wouldn't have to worry about finding a new shirt.
 

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Only get a wing if you're going to do it right: stiff, high, large detachable collar, with big wings that can stand up to the bow tie. And even then, only with single-peak DJ's, vests, and 100% traditional kit. For all practical purposes, the spread is better alternative.
 

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For all practical purposes, the spread is better alternative.
Isn't a spread collar a bad choice with a bow tie? At least that's what I read/heard. the rationale being that a collar that's not too spread would provide more support to the bow tie.

Mathieu
 

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