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  1. John McDargh, Ph.D.

    Placket…who knew? Thanks.. and on a more serious note, your memories of “a very special dog” brought me to tears.I also opened me up to an awareness of how friendships can happen in New York… through the mediation of shared love of dogs…
    Hope this continues to find you flourishing in both ” Leben und Arbeiten.” as Dr. Freud reminded us. warmly, John

  2. To me it’s about detail, and detail is everything. I have always been jealous of mens dress shirts because they are made to last, the buttons always stay on, generally better made than the equally-priced women’s shirts. And the tweed jacket in the last pick reminds me of one I owned years ago and loved. Wool, and these soft grey, beige and light blue flecks. Fit and felt like a dream. Ah, menswear…

  3. Placket? French placket? Thanks for the lesson. Now going to look for opportunities to impress someone with my new knowledge (and give you full credit, of course).

  4. All good points… Perhaps I should reconsider, but my preference has always been (since the 80s) no placket. It’s the minimalist in me, maybe the mod influence as well. I’ve just prefer the relaxed look sans tie, even with suits. For structure there’s always starch! And one of the reasons I like Eton shirts is that the distance between the collar and second buttons is short, which I think helps the shirt to better hang and cinch the chest. {They also have a very low bottom button, which is great if you’re one of those people that likes to wear a dress shirt untucked}. And if you often wear a tie… who would know anyway?

  5. Philly Trad

    Loved the texture of the necktie. Could you please provide details? Thanks.

  6. i completely agree I like to add a little starch to the collar, palcket and cuffs as well, a crisper look!

  7. fran canisius

    the world treasured ANDREW LEON TALLEY and this little column is reminiscent of him…..

    the great great great A.L.T.

  8. I agree! A shirt without one is just a cheaper construction. When I was dressing several decades ago I finally gave up on off the rack and went semi custom. Robert Talbott spread collar French cuff. Always white cuff and collar and any choice of shirt body( white , blue, pink , any combo there of) . I think they were $90.00- $110 back then.Too bad that 15 1/2 neck is way gone…

  9. Agree regarding the texture (I would call it dimension) added by the placket. It also feels like the button on a shirt get lost without a placket.

    Whenever I wear a shirt with a French placket (and I own a couple) I feel like I am wearing a pajama top.

  10. PassingBy

    Pockets! But only those with hard corners. Hate pockets with rounded off corners, defeats the aesthetics of being in shape.

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