If it buttons all the way up its a button-up or button-front shirt. If there are small buttons to keep the collar pressed against the shirt then it is a button-down shirt.
A Short History
In the 1860s polo players were sick of their shirt collars flapping about during games. Nobody wanted to be the person who missed an absolute sitter because they were rearranging their shirt. This led to the creation of the button-down shirt, which added two buttons to the collar of the
Observing this trend on a trip to the UK from America, John E Brooks felt that his Brooks Brothers clothing line could place itself at the cutting-edge of fashion across the Atlantic, by replicating this design in their own shirts. John’s willingness to diverge from sartorial conventions and create a new style of shirt gradually caught on.
Almost 60 years after Brooks returned from his career-changing trip, a French tennis star named René Lacoste ceased wearing the long-sleeve shirt and tie sported by his opponents on the court. Instead, he played in a new, lightweight, three-buttoned shirt with short-sleeves. After René retired having won seven Grand Slams, he collaborated with textile titan André Gilliard, to create the now world-famous Lacoste brand. Lacoste shirts quickly gained international popularity and were sold from Paris to New York. Everyone seemed
Over time, more formal versions of the polo shirt have been created, and the button-down shirt from which it originated remains popular to this day, as it offers a refined, yet
This classic garment, featuring buttons all the way up the shirt, is known for having a stiffer collar than the variation which caught John E Brooks’ eye. While not particularly useful for playing polo, button-up shirts are great for work and formal events. Enveloping one of their straight collars with a tie will immediately set the right impression when you step into an important meeting or dinner.
The classic white shirt has been a hallmark of men’s fashion for nearly two centuries. When the shirt emerged, the whiteness of the collar distinguished the wearer’s class, as only the wealthy could afford to have their shirts washed frequently enough to retain the pure white
Nonetheless, variations of the traditional shirt, both in design and