This is a men’s fashion public service announcement. The button-down collar can be super stylish. I own several, and love them (in fact I love the one in the featured pic above too), but a weird pet peeve of mine is when I see them worn incorrectly. I hardly notice style of other people when going about my day-to-day (unless I’m asked). That said, maybe I’m crazy (probably), but I’ve been seeing more and more button-down collars being worn out of context.
Here’s an example… I was at a fundraiser a while ago that was a semi-formal event. Not black tie, but several tuxedos were out that night. A friend of mine came up to me while I was in line for an Old Fashioned from the bar. He had a badass formal dinner jacket — satin lapels and all. His tie was awesome too. He looked good and was pumped to be there. His confidence was high.
Then I saw it…
He had a killer formal outfit and his shirt had a button down collar. I didn’t say anything that night… but did give him an FYI later.
Fast forward to another event a month later. There had to be 10 similar cases. Thus, the the inspiration of this article was born. Sometimes, we don’t know because nobody tells us. So… Gentlemen. A public service announcement from yours truly:
The Button-Down Collar is CASUAL in nature. Pairing very formal outfits with a button-down collar is a fashion trend you need to avoid. In fact, it’s not a fashion trend at all, but it is something I’ve been noticing as a common fashion mistake.
Wear it with a sport coat, casual tie, jeans, etc. There are a TON of ways to make this type of shirt stylish. Do not wear with formal clothing.
To much success,
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