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Is it acceptable to wear a button-down oxford with a tie?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by PreppyGent, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    I know its casual, but is wearing a tie with a button-down cloth shirt taboo?

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  2. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    +1,for jackets it's OK but not for suits.

    No.

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    If you're a prep you'd know it's kosher. Go to Ask Andy trad.
     
  4. Tony11214

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    In that picture of Cary Grant, the button-down collar is definitely interrupting the visual flow in the lines of what he's wearing overall. It sticks out like a sore thumb. It's also detracting from the face. Even if the collar wasn't out of place, puffed up and pulling at his shirt front by the collar buttons, it still looks bad.

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  5. Miles Gloriosus

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    In that picture of Cary Grant, the button-down collar is definitely interrupting the visual flow in the lines of what he's wearing overall. It sticks out like a sore thumb. It's also detracting from the face. Even if the collar wasn't out of place, puffed up and pulling at his shirt front by the collar buttons, it still looks bad.

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  6. SuitedDx

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    I like it with long and bow ties; It's a nice change up.

    If you work for Thome Brown I think button down collars are required. [​IMG]
     
  7. bluemagic

    bluemagic Senior member

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    Your friend is probably an ignoramus who calls it a "button collar."
     
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    Your friend is probably an ignoramus who calls it a "button collar."

    Bad idea to get into a nomenclature barney on this. In England these are always called 'button down' shirts as the collar is buttoned down.

    But in America non dress shirts have become so ubiquitous that 'button down' often is used to denote any dress shirt with buttons down the front, hence the advent of the term 'button collar' to denote this particular style.
     
  9. Twotone

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    It's OK, but to be really cool don't button the collars.

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    It is perfectly acceptable. [​IMG]
    He also wore women's underpants. CG wasn't much for the "Rules" of men's dress. That said, I like button-down shirts with suits.
     
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    He also wore women's underpants. CG wasn't much for the "Rules" of men's dress.
    That said, I like button-down shirts with suits.


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  12. onix

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    Acceptable? sure. But I don't like button down shirt, period. Why? Personal taste.
     
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  14. gorgekko

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    Add me to the list of people who say with an odd coat and not a suit -- unless great-granddad made a family fortune in widgets, you summer on Cape Cod and you're part of "the tribe". Then you can do whatever you want.
     
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    I'm probably the odd one here, but sometimes I don't have a problem with it with a suit. I don't like just a plain white button down with a suit but gingham or a less formal patterned shirt I'm okay with.
     
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    It's OK, but to be really cool don't button the collars.

    Twotone


    NOT this. Just wear a traditional collared shirt instead, otherwise by trying to look like you don't care you actually expose yourself as trying too hard.
     
  17. F. Corbera

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    Add me to the list of people who say with an odd coat and not a suit -- unless great-granddad made a family fortune in widgets, you summer on Cape Cod and you're part of "the tribe". Then you can do whatever you want.

    Ridiculous, and on more than one level.
     
  18. gorgekko

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    Ridiculous, and on more than one level.

    Well, I've been chastened.
     
  19. Redwoood

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    more than acceptable, mandatory imho.

    I hate the look of a buttoned button-down without a tie.
    With the top button open, instead of framing the face and pointing towards it, the collar points away from it. With the top button closed... ugh, do we really need to talk about this?
    And an unbuttoned button-down is borderline idiotic.

    Hence, the only acceptable way to wear it -- to me at least -- is with a tie.

    Disclaimer: I own a total of 0 button-down shirts.
     
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