Dress Shirt No No
This is a topic I have touched on in the past, but it has come up quite a bit recently- so this is a friendly 101 reminder.
If, you are a clothes lover and/or below 50- follow these two (three) easy guidelines for picking out a dress shirt. I say below 50 because typically someone over that age is a little set in their ways and breaking habits are hard.
What is a placket? It is the strip of buttons on the front of the shirt. Many names can be associated with this- conventional, concealed, french, etc. All you need to know is how it looks and how it is used. The two types of plackets to look for are the following:
Here is an up close look at it;
As you see, one placket is stitched and finished on both sides, and the other is not. What does this mean? Well, one is casual and one is formal.
The "french" (the shirt above with the stripes) has the clean placket. This is geared more towards dress and formal. The conventional placket the is heavily seen on the blue shirt is geared towards casual.
If you are buying a dress shirt, try to pick something out that has this clean (french) look to it. You will see both plackets while shopping, but don't let that sway your vote towards the incorrect one.
Fashion is all about clean and sleek
The conventional placket you will see on most casual shirts, and also button down collared dress shirts. Which- lets talk about. A button down collar is NOT to be worn with a dress suit. If you are wearing a sport coat or casual suit- absolutely fine...but don't wear a button down collar with a silk tie and a dress suit. This, is a trend you will ultimately see with the baby boomers.
"But where am I suppose to put my pens?" In your coat pocket, if you aren't wearing a coat then figure something out. This is a question I would routinely receive at the shop I worked at- always asked by someone 60 years or older.
NO POCKETS!!! If you are buying a dress shirt, stay away from pockets, those belong on your casual shirts.
When looking for a new dress shirt:
1. Make sure the placket is clean
2. Make sure there are no pockets
3. Not a button down collar (that image is below to verify what that means)