Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Is Ryuji's collar in danger of the dreaded flop?
Luke in a 2 button RLX polo
A 6 button shirt from IJP Design
Ian wearing one of his 6 button designs at the 2009 Masters
(All photos courtesy of the Associated Press/Chris O'Meara/Ian Poulter Designs/Fairway Styles)
How do you guys feel about long plackets on golf polos? (The placket is, by definition: the opening or slit at the top of a [shirt] that facilitates putting it on and taking it off - aka where the buttons are positioned) Poulter makes several shirts with 6(!) button plackets - very 70's looking. Personally, the KC feels the same way about a 6 button placket on a golf shirt as we would about a single-breasted 6 button suit like you might have found on Deion Sanders circa 1998. I think 2 or 3 buttons are ideal and 4 is acceptable. Beyond that it's quite iffy.
Of course you have to take in to account the positioning of the second-to-top button no matter how many buttons you have, because you want to allow the perfect amount of space, not too tight so that it chokes you and not too loose so that it loses its prominence. Check out the Phil photo above, even though his top button is undone, the second to top button is positioned in such a way that he still appears to be a little uncomfortable. On the flip side, I've found with some 2-button polos that the space created between the buttons opens too much for my liking and begins to turn the collar out and look messy. (See Ryuji Imada's photo from the side for an example of the beginning of this.)
To each his own placket...what do you wear?
Posted by The Khaki Crusader at 8:31 AM