History of the Button-down


Being a Fashion magazine, it would only be fair to let you, the reader, not only enjoy the latest news that comes across our desk, but give you a little bit of insight into the History of Fashion, the icons, the eras and developments throughout time.

There are many stories as to how the Button-Down came to be; one of the most famous is that of hunters on horseback, chasing foxes through the British countryside. While riding at a fast pace, the points of the collars would continuously turn up from the wind, so then came along a shirt which would hold down the collar, not distracting the rider by simply sewing on two buttons by the collar points.

Other stories are of sailors and seamen fastening down their shirt collars with mother pearl buttons and of polo players doing the same to not distract them from the game.

Without a doubt man is a practical being, we adapt and so the button-down has been around for a long time for any occasion when needed. What is known, however, is that John Brooks, founder of the American fashion house, Brooks Brothers, whilst attending a Polo Match in England saw this version of shirt and so decided to include it in his line in 1896, until the early 80’s, button-down’s finally reached their popularity and asserted themselves in male fashion.

Certainly, the Button-Down shirt is one of the most versatile shirts out there. A classic barrel cuff, standard 2 ½ – 3 ¼ inch cutaway collar, white, blue or any other color can all be features of the casual shirt, unbuttoned on the top, without buttoning the collar points or for a formal look, fully buttoned down with a tie. In any case, it is an essential piece of a man’s wardrobe. 

Elliott Ebrahimi


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