Monday, February 9, 2009

Don't Wear a Tie With a Button-Down Collar!

I know, I know. Before you tell me about all of the men in your office that do it, STOP! Button down collars were NEVER meant to be worn with a tie. They are sports shirts. They are meant to be casual. You can wear them with a sportscoat, but not a tie.
Let me give you a little history about the button down collar. Long ago in England, the polo players used to place buttons on their collars so they wouldn't flap when they were on the horses. The Brooks Brothers saw this and incorporated it into one of their shirts. It became a hit, and the rest is history.
Not to get to technical, but here is another reason you don't wear ties with button down collars. The band in the collar is not as stiff as the ones in regular shirts. That's why they don't look as good. Ever notice the way there are such big gaps in the area where the collar buttons? HELLOOO!! How many more hints do you need? I know, you see people everywhere do it. Of course you do. I see kids walk around with their pants hanging off their butts and big discs in their earlobes, but that doesn't make it right.
Listen, there are rules to dressing well. Not everyone follows them. Most people get by with it because they are surrounded by people who don't know. However, when you get around people who do know about dressing well. They will know, and you will look the fool. DO what you wish. You're a grown man. But don't say I didn't tell you so.
Until next time,
God Bless and dress well
William "the Clothier"

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