The most common shirt placket, a fused placket is one where the fabric (on the side where the buttons rest) is folded over and stitched on the right side of the shirt, forming a column. The placket is visible when you wear the shirt and it isn’t too stiff or flimsy. Paired with a semi-stiff collar, this placket is most commonly found on everyday wear formal shirts.
The French placket or French front is a semi-concealed placket. Instead of folding the fabric to the right side of the shirt and stitching it, the fabric is folded and stitched on to the underside of the shirt. A visible column is missing in this kind of shirt placket and all you can see are buttons.
A columnar shirt placket, the fly placket is visible to the eye once the shirt is worn, but the buttons aren’t. An additional layer of fabric sits atop the buttons, thereby concealing them from plain view. Mostly reserved for extremely dressy occasions, these shirt plackets aren’t commonplace.
- A textured placket is an easy way to add visual interest to your outfit. In keeping with office dressing aesthetics, look for shirt plackets that are embossed.
- Opt for plackets that are a shade or two lighter than the rest of your shirt. This is a great way to heighten the impact of a simple formal shirt without relying on ornate details.
- Your options become endless the minute you switch from formal wear to casual wear. Pick shirts that have plackets in a contrasting colour—deep blue and lime green and lavender and teal are great options.
- Mixing and matching patterns is an art, but it is an effective way to play around with this trend. Contrast the pattern of your shirt with your placket’s pattern. A checked shirt with a striped placket is a simple way to refresh basic casual wear.
Written By : Shirley Mistry