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What is a "French Fly"...

SieurDeLaSalle

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And why would I want one? (Forgot to Mention: On Trousers!)
Are they Noticeable?

Thanks in Advance!
DLS
 

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I've heard this term in reference to the placket on the front of a shirt: "soft placket" or "french placket" or "french fly" meaning that there is no visible placket: it has no additional sewing/cloth detail. This, in contrast to the kind where the placket is delineated by an additional fold in the shirt front.

(the placket is the rectangular, vertical region of the shirt front into which the buttonholes are sewn).

I'm sure one of our shirt experts can provide images. I took a look online but found nothing close-up enough, and since I only have the placketless kind I cannot provide contrasting images...
 
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i prefer to think of them as Freedom Flies
 

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Never hear of a French Fly before, but I've heard of the Spanish Fly practically all my life!
 

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In trousers, it's a fly front that has an inside fastening
tab with a button that takes stress off the zipper
resulting in a trimmer appearance.
 

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You might be putting together two different terms.

In a shirt or an overcoat, a fly front is one where all the buttons are hidden; all you see is the plain fabric. (Same principle as the fly of your trousers.)

Shirts can have a French front. That's a plain shirt front, without a placket (the strip of additional or folded over fabric that runs down the front of most shirts, taking the button holes).
 

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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
You might be putting together two different terms.

Ascot Chang is guilty of that, as well.
 

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You buy french fly here please!!! Its only 30 yen to upgrade from a M to a L !!!
 

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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
You might be putting together two different terms.

In a shirt or an overcoat, a fly front is one where all the buttons are hidden; all you see is the plain fabric. (Same principle as the fly of your trousers.)

Shirts can have a French front. That's a plain shirt front, without a placket (the strip of additional or folded over fabric that runs down the front of most shirts, taking the button holes).


OK, that makes more sense! I was totally conflating the two, thanks for straightening it out...
 

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Originally Posted by Millerp
In trousers, it's a fly front that has an inside fastening
tab with a button that takes stress off the zipper
resulting in a trimmer appearance.



This is the correct answer. years ago, the guy who ran the pant shop for Julie Hertling would call it "the Nose".

Carl
 

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