When we talk about shirts, there is an area in centre front of the shirt where button & buttonholes are placed from collar till bottom hem to close the shirt opening known as tail. This area is termed as Placket. Not considered as the main component by regular user but it’s kind of a crucial element in a dress shirt because it bears the most stress from the viewer.
Designed in many patterns and styles plackets are also available in many forms on the basis of their usage and look. Some of them are discussed here:
“Classic Style: Never Go Wrong”
It is the most common style of placket & usually the one which you see on regular basis. It is usually an inch or two of fabric which is either folded or attached as separate piece. The fabric is secured with stitching at a slight distance from the edge. It can be fused with interlining for a crisp appearance or can be directly folded.
Front Placket is the one which you can see in all the basic shirts. You can never go wrong with this type of placket. Crisp fused placket is widely used with the business shirts for perfect formal look. However, soft front placket is ideal for casual shirts & pairing it up with soft collar gives it a neat appearance.
“Elegant Look: Neat as a button”
French placket is usually known as No Front Placket. This type of placket does not contain two fabrics attached together. Instead, the fabric is folded inwards and no stitches show on the front of the shirt. Thus simply button & button holes are directly put up on the centre front edges.
As placket is not actually secured with stitches, it is comparatively difficult in ironing & sometimes faces symmetry issues. However, this is the only placket which gives cleaner, plainer & more downtown look to the shirt. As a mark of simplicity, French Plackets are widely used in formal shirts, under the suits, blazer or even with ties.
“Cultural Touch: Sophisticated Dressing”
Also termed as Fly Front Placket, Covered placket is more sophisticated style in terms of placket dressing. It has an extra piece of fabric attached over the placket which covers up the buttons on the front of the shirt giving it a neat look. This fabric flap conceals the button underneath.
Giving it a very dressed up & complete look this placket is widely used for tuxedo shirts. Not wore on daily basis, this style is usually chosen when somebody wants to stand out of the crowd & to make a style statement. It can be worn on formal events with tuxedo and a bow, as concealed placket will draw attention away from the shirt to the bow tie. This placket style is commonly not preferable for office wear or interviews.
Tuxedo Front Placket:
“Occasional Wear: Distinctive Styling”
It’s almost the same design as French front in terms of its construction; however the top four buttons are removable so that the wearer can put tuxedo studs instead.
Being more of a tuxedo specific made style, tuxedo front placket is made on demand and usually this option is chosen when buying a tuxedo shirt.
Contrast Piping Plackets:
“Versatile Taste: Diverse Expression”
Piping (extra fabric wrapped around the edge) is usually done on the bottom piece of the placket to give it some more aesthetic appeal. Inside placket is visible just beneath the collar or sometimes longer if few buttons are undone. Choosing contrast color piping, it will attract viewer’s eyes and adds more of a fashion quotient.
As it is more of a fashionable piece, contrast placket is widely use for casual dressing with all the fabric patterns. Basically piping is done in two ways:
- Thin Piping: In thin piping, a small layer of fabric wraps around the inner edge of the bottom piece of the placket. Choosing contrast colors or checks will give more of a subtle appearance to your shirt. It is generally only visible at the collar and not always at first glance. Thus, thin piping is preferred for casual evening parties to be paired up with chinos/jeans.
- Wide Piping: It’s a complete layer of fabric that covers the entire lower section of the placket on which the buttons are stitched. Wide piping is much more visible than thin though also mainly at the neck. Choosing a contrast fabric for the wide piped placket, inner collar and inner cuff it is an amazing combination both for formal and casual wear. You have a buttoned up shirt you can wear with a tie at the office, and when you go out in parties with an open collar, folded your cuff back it gives a whole new party look.
“Serene Aura: Casual Adorn”
Half placket is kind of a very casual dressing style. The length of the placket is reduced to half in this style. Thus, it starts from collar & ends around across chest. Mostly it has 3-4 buttons placed in the length of the placket.
Half placket is widely used with mandarin collar & paired up with folded sleeves to give it a casual & outgoing appearance. Other option is to go with short spread collar shirt tucked inside denim which gives a smart casual Friday look.
Concealed Half Placket:
“Distinctive Styling: Unique Look”
Concealed half placket is another version of fly front placket in terms of different designing. Consider a full length placket in which half of the placket is covered with a fabric, covering the buttons. However, rest of the half does not have any covering & have open buttons.
The most alluring style which you can make out with concealed half placket is by pairing it up with Mandarin or round Collar. It gives a perfect semi formal appeal. Linen/Cotton solid shirts having concealed half placket is a very good option for Friday dressing. Different from usual checks/stripes and casual prints it gives a unique, relaxed yet attentive impression with its neat look. It is also a good option to opt for pairing with casual jackets.
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