Where to Find Disco Shirts for Leisure Suits?

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  1. philosophered

    philosophered Member

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    I like leisure suits.

    Well, not all of them. What I really like is leisure suits composed of pastel jackets and one of those butterfly-collar shirts like this:

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    You may think that is revolting, but I like its look.

    In order that I may have a leisure suit, I would simply have to get a jacket with a wide lapel and a disco shirt like those above. However, finding the disco shirts is a huge problem. I wish to wear unused shirts, and searching "disco shirts" or "butterfly-collar shirts" online yields mostly used clothing. The websites which do give you the option to buy an unused vintage shirt have few choices.

    I had figured at least one company out there would still be making these shirts.

    How can I go about finding those disco shirts? Should I try searching something different on Google? Would a tailor be able to make these? Are you able to find websites that I've missed?

    I would appreciate any sort of help from you.
     
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  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I'm going to move this to Menswear Advice, where you might get some more responses.
     


  3. philosophered

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    Though no one replied, I will leave my rather disappointing findings here.

    The first thing I learned is the collar is called a "Barrymore collar" as opposed to "butterfly collar." There is another type of collar, "spearpoint," that is close, but it tapers out at the end.

    Here are some websites for vintage new or used disco shirts:

    http://www.rustyzipper.com/shop.cfm?gender=Mens&browsetype=Shirts+-+Disco&jumpshow=1&go=go
    http://www.ebay.com/bhp/disco-shirt
    https://wanelo.com/shop/70s-mens-disco-shirts
    http://www.vintageusa.com/disco/
    http://www.monstervintage.com/Vintage_Clothing/Mens/Shirts/Disco_Retro/list_045_009.html
    http://www.afunkyshoeandboot.com/Menstops/
    http://www.dressthatman.com/cat-SHIR-disco.htm
    http://www.sazzvintage.com/category/70sSHIRTS.html
    https://www.vintagetrends.com/Vinta...A=Men&SC=Shirts&ST=70s+Polyester+Disco+Shirts
    http://www.vintage70sclothing.com/Mens/longshirts.htm
    http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/cate...t=15&Offset=15&Per_Page=15&Sort_By=disp_order

    Here are some modern companies which make shirts that are similar to disco shirts:

    http://www.adamoflondon.com/aol_newshop/index.php?l=product_list&c=24
    http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/dry-bones/item/10000076/
    http://www.rocacha.com/shirts.htm
    http://skindeep.com.au/collections/shirts/business-shirts
    http://turnbullandasser.com/shirts-ties/shirts
    http://www.chestercordite.com/spear-point-collar-shirts.html
    A good source for vintage-style clothing in general: http://www.darcyclothing.com/shop/shirts.html
    Create your own shirt: http://www.mytailor.com/StyleSelection.aspx

    However, you will notice all the shirts by those companies are solid or with simple patterns. I emailed "Dress that Man," and they said they know of no company which makes disco shirts with the unique patterns the old disco shirts have. I have found the same in my research.

    It's rather disappointing, but I suppose if you had the money to you could contact some clothing designer/manufacturer and have them make some for you.

    If you find anything more, please leave it below.
     
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  4. Johnsson

    Johnsson Senior member

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    Luxire does CMT for $100, and could surely replicate these collars and snap buttons. It'd just be on you to source the shirtings, unless you're not after anything too crazy.
     


  5. philosophered

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    That certainly is an option.

    Finding the fabric may be a hassle, but what might be an even greater concern is the collar. On that website, you can order spearpoint collars which, as I noted, are quite similar, but are slightly thinner. Perhaps I could leave a note to them to not taper out the end.

    Edit: Looking at it now, it seems as though those disco shirts do have exactly the spearpoint collars because they are tapered. So that may be a fine idea, indeed.
     
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    As a veteran of '70s styles, let me point out that a typical leisure suit jacket does not have wide lapels. As best I recall, it didn't have any lapels. It was a sort of shirt jacket with no interlining and worn with matching pants. If you can find some pix of Lee Majors as the Six-Million Dollar Man, you can probably get a better idea of what I am talking about, as the character wore leisure suits for many of his adventures.

    The suits and sport coats of the '70s were of conventional construction, merely styled with broad shoulders and wide lapels and often utilized synthetic fabrics or blends of synthetics. They are not the same as a leisure suit jacket.

    As others have already suggested, vintage clothing stores would probably be your best bet.
     


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