Browsing All posts tagged under »formal shirts«

From the Vaults: Jet-Set Styling

July 22, 2014


Last of a series featuring highlights of my recent research at the Library of Congress. The Jet Age was definitely a mixed bag when it came to formal fashions.  The late 1950s and early 1960s marked a transition from the limited experimentations of the relatively conservative 1930s into the anything-goes attitude of the sixties and seventies.  The styles shown in […]

Up Close: Waistband Tabs

October 10, 2013


Judging by the requests I receive for more details of the tabs on formal shirts and waist coverings I didn’t do a very good job of explaining this in the Guide.  So here’s a close-up look at everything you wanted to know – or didn’t want to know – about this interesting example of formal […]

Flashback: Retro Ruffled Shirts

July 5, 2013


I have completed the Black Tie Guide’s Vintage Shirts page which previously only described shirts from the 1930s and ‘40s.  The period covered now extends back to the English Regency and forward to the late 1950s.  I arbitrarily ended the review at the 1960s because that’s when the so-called peacock revolution turned fashion on its […]

Of Fly Fronts and French Cuffs

May 3, 2013


I bought my first fly-front shirt recently and the process was definitely not as simple as I had thought it would be.  Here’s what I learned . . . Lesson Number One: Understated Shouldn’t Mean Plain. The least expensive fly-front I found in my search at Harry Rosen was a basic BOSS model without a bib.  I […]

Up Close: The Full-Dress Shirt

May 1, 2012


Just as with their full-dress waistcoat, Brooks Brothers’ full-dress shirt is a wondrous lesson in old school elegance. First and foremost, it is a collar-less tunic that allows for a tall and rigid detachable collar that frames a man’s face with stately splendour. It also lets the wearer choose from a variety of wing shapes […]


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