- 1 What’s the difference between a button up shirt and a button down shirt?
- 2 Why is it called button down shirt?
- 3 What is a button down top?
- 4 Are button down shirts casual?
- 5 How should I wear a button down shirt?
- 6 How do you wear a button down shirt unbuttoned?
- 7 Is it a button up or a button down?
- 8 What is a half button down shirt called?
- 9 What are 3 button shirts called?
- 10 Should you button the top button?
- 11 What is considered a casual shirt?
- 12 What is the difference between formal shirt and casual shirt?
- 13 What is a casual button-down?
The basic answer is a button up shirt is any shirt that has buttons running up the front; a button down shirt is the same but has additional buttons on the collar. Simple!
The reason behind button-downs is rooted in function. The shirt was created for polo players in England to keep their collars in place while they rode horses, Collins explains. The style stuck and today it’s considered a slightly more casual version of a dress shirt.
A button down shirt is a shirt with buttons on the corners of the collar when you attach them – or a button down collar. They’re called button down because you can, and you should, button the collar down onto your shirt. Even Polo collar shirts can be considered button downs.
The button down collar is casual by nature. If they are paired with a tie, it’s usually worn with a casual suit or blazer/odd trouser combo. It’s rare to see button down collars worn with formal suits, and also a little odd of style.
11 Ways to Spruce Up a Simple Button-Down Shirt
- Tie It Into a Crop Top.
- Go Oversize and Accessorize.
- Layer It Under a Summer Dress.
- Let It Hang Off Your Shoulders.
- Pair It With a Pantsuit.
- Give It a High-Fashion Upgrade.
- Play With Shape to Give It an Edge.
- Leave It Open and Belt It.
If you’re talking “open all the way” only do that if you’ve got an undershirt on. If you’re talking, leaving a few buttons at the top unbuttoned, leave at most two unbuttoned. Anymore and it looks tacky. And if you’re going to leave the top two buttons undone, make sure you’re wearing a scoop or v-neck undershirt.
YES. They’re both valid terms, but here is the difference: A button up is a shirt that buttons up the front of the body all the way. A button down is a shirt that has buttons on the collar points that you can, well, button down.
A half sleeve shirt is also called a camp shirt. It is similar to the classic button-down and often has a full-length front button closure. These shirts are casual, and it is common to wear them untucked.
A Henley shirt is a collarless pullover shirt, characterized by a round neckline and a placket about 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 cm) long and usually having 2–5 buttons.
At its core, the answer’s simple. “Undoing your top button makes you look (and feel) more relaxed. It works perfectly for outfits with casual shirts. But in a formal outfit, like a suit and tie, you’d of course always do the top button up,” says Thread senior stylist Alice Watt.
What is considered a casual shirt?
If the shirt is short sleeved, even if it has buttons, it is a casual shirt. If it has more than 1 pocket… you guessed it! That’s a casual shirt. These shirts are great for layering, and will often be mixed with tees and cardigans. They can be worn on their own and will look good tucked or untucked.
What is the difference between formal shirt and casual shirt?
While formal shirts are generally quite fitted and have long tails, casual shirts are shorter and cut to give a little more room. This is because unlike formal shirts, they are usually left untucked and worn more casually.
The button-down collar is hotly debated as either too traditional or too casual, but we think it is a classic all-American collar that will never go out of style. Each side of the collar is secured down with a button or snap.