the Button Down Shirt…nothing says AMERICAN like this shirt…

for men and women!

the Brooks Brothers button down shirt… (Wikipedia, dress shirt)

  • Spread collars measure from around 3½ to 6 inches between the collar points, and the wider collars are often referred to as cutaway or Windsor collars after the Duke of Windsor. This city style is more formal, though it is common in Europe, and predominant in the UK.
  • Point, straight, or small collars are narrow, with 2½ to 3¼ inches between the points of the collar.
  • Button-down collars have points fastened down by buttons on the front of the shirt. Introduced by Brooks Brothers in 1896, they were patterned after the shirts of polo players and were used exclusively on sports shirts until the 1950s in America. It is still considered a more sporting style, and, particularly outside America, traditionally dressed men still do not wear suits with this style of collar.

But do “traditionally dressed” women wear these shirts?  Of course!  Here is the actor playing in “Coco Before Channel”. It might not exactly be a button down collar, but it sure is a man’s shirt.

and how about today? I like this one from Land’s End

so why not spruce up your spring wardrobe with a traditional button down shirt…

or you could just rob your husband’s closet!

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