Imagine this. You’re picking out an outfit for work, and there are two
Indeed, the terms button up and button down are often used interchangeably, but they shouldn’t be.
We’re going to break down the differences between the two
Button Down or Button Up?
Button ups are
In truth, most
See? Quite simple. Now, let’s go into greater detail, so you know why we have both styles—and what to do with each.
Going into a bit of history will help with this…
The Bottom Line
A Brief History Of The
As a solution to this problem, they decided to attach buttons to their collars, to hold them down during matches.
After watching a polo match in England, John E. Brooks, of Brooks Brothers, decided that the
Their sporty origins are the reason why button-downs are considered more casual. As we often point out here at EG, the more details on an item of clothing, the less formal it is, especially if these extras are utilitarian. This is the case of the collar buttons on a
How to Wear Button Up & Button Down
There’s a lot of overlap regarding where and when you can wear these two
They can’t, however, be worn in a formal dress code, such as with a tuxedo, or in a black tie situation. Even with cocktail dress codes (a gray area step above semi-formal), it’s safest to avoid button-downs.
Pair an open-collar
Take it even further into casual territory, by wearing your
You could even pair a
Any way you style it, you’ll look sleek and sophisticated. You can’t wear a true dress shirt casually though, so don’t pair them untucked with jeans and sneakers. It looks sloppy. I mean, at the very least, tuck in your
If you’re going for that sports-agent-business-informal aesthetic (say with sneakers and a blazer), opt for a
Frequently Asked Questions About Button Ups and Button Downs
Shirt Collars Differ From Each Other?
Aside from button placement, you can tell the difference between button-up and
How do I get my collar to stand up on my Button-Up
Definitely use collar stays with your button-up
Now You Know The Differences Between BUTTON-UP VS
One thing we can all agree on is that button-up and
Remember to consider all aspects of the outfit you plan to wear, and what colors work best for the look.
Now that you understand the differences between the two styles, you can pick the appropriate option to ensure you look your best!
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