Top Five Button Downs
The Classic Button-down is a staple of any gentleman’s wardrobe. It is usually more “sporty” and less formal than
a dress shirt and is made from fabrics that are more casual in appearance – whether that be in terms of weave,
structure, weight, design or colour. It is hard to select just five fabrics that are deemed “top” of the list but it is not
an exact science and the selection of your favourite shirt is a subjective matter – as is this article…..
5) LARGE CHECKED FABRICS
Obviously this category covers a multitude of different designs: Prince of
Wales checks; Tattersall checks; Windowpane checks; etc but here we
are talking specifically about designs that are larger than 1cm and
incorporate several different colours in the design of the check. Checks
have always been synonimous with “casual” however there
is a distinction being made here from classic smart business check fabric.
4) MADRAS STYLE CHECKS
Madras check fabrics are lightweight with typically patterned, textured,
multicoloured designs. They are used primarily for summer .
The fabric takes its name from the former name of the city of
Chennai, India colloquially referred to as, “Madrasi checks.” Also
applicable here is the Tartan fabrics range. Our Tartan is lightweight
and makes a great, slightly more formal button down.
3) GINGHAM CHECKS
Although originally a medium weight, striped fabric – Gingham is
today known as a square set, balanced check fabric. Historically gingham
wasn’t checked until 18th century. Around the mid 1700’s it began
being woven in the North of England and typically it was woven with
one colour and white. It has many guises and comes in a variety of sizes
2) BENGAL STRIPES
Typically a Bengal stripe has the same width of colour and white, or
colour and colour. Today a little “artistic license” means that people
refer to many different stripes as being a Bengal – the main
characteristic being a clean, single stripe (not too small or not too
1) PANAMA WEAVE PLAINS
down. The Pinpoint offers a crisper finish and handle, where the
Oxford is a softer yet more rugged handle. Both are favourites
amongst our customers for shirts that look and feel great as a
button down, never more popular than right now.