- Aug 2, 2011
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There is definitely a middle ground for many tie/square combos where it is just mediocre, but not bad or good. I could be wrong, but I'm not seeing people in the middle of this collar buttoning discussion.I think all these things are binary - does it look good or bad? And I agree there’s never really a right answer since it’s always in the eye of the beholder and more importantly the wearer.
It is not like leaving your shoes untied. Most shoes will not function correctly if left untied. You also run the risk of tripping on your laces. Your collar will function fine if left unbuttoned. Most people do not button the last button of their waistcoat or cardigan for that matter. It is not wrong or sprezz either. Waistcoats fit/sit better especially when sitting if the bottom button is left undone.To me, the unbuttoned collar buttons are like wearing your shoes untied, or a waistcoat without the buttons being done. Of course, you dont have to do those things, but not doing so is an affectation, or forced sprezz, rather than something organic and stylish. These are my opinions of course, but it feels very iGent-y.
People have been not buttoning their collars for a long time. Paul Newman had the audacity to pop his button down collar. Andy Warhol sometimes didn't button his collar. Proto sprezz? Not buttoning changes the profile of the collar to a forward or spread collar. It allows a shirt to be worn in more than one way.
Hold tight to your convictions. Don't be distracted by how stylish they are otherwise.
Not buttoning does not mean you're trying to hard. It requires MORE effort to button the collar than to leave it undone. It's the lazy thing to do.If you want to wear a shirt without buttoning the collar, grab a shirt with a collar that doesn't have buttons. Otherwise it looks like you're trying too hard, or it's laundry day.