The Dress Shirt PlacketThe dress shirt placket is the area at the center front of the dress shirt where the buttons and button holes run from the collar to the shirt’s bottom hem, known as the “tail.” The placket derives its name from the antiquated French verb “plaquer” which meant “to lay on.” Though you may not pay it much mind, the placket is a crucial element of a dress shirt’s construction because it bears the most stress from regular wear. There are a few different ways to ensure that this very important part of the shirt holds up over time.
Plackets can be made in one of two ways. Either separate strips of fabric are attached to the shirt body, or the body of the shirt is folded back on itself and stitched. The latter method is called a French placket and has its origins with early French tailors who were very fond of this construction. The French placket is really the best since it guarantees no loose threads and doesn’t depend on a seam for it strength. Because a well-designed placket should be reinforced, it may also have an interlining sewn between the layers of fabric that comprise it. The interlining must be thick enough to strengthen the placket yet thin enough to remain flexible.
JJThreads Dress Shirt PLacketsHere at J.J. Threads, we expect you to love your custom dress shirts for a long time. To make sure they can hang for an equally long time, all of our shirts are made with interlined French plackets double stitched a half inch from each edge: sturdy, simple and elegant. Plackets come in different types and sizes and generally range from one to two inches in width. The J.J. Threads placket is a traditional 1.5’ inch. We want it to hold the buttons but not to steal the show. We offer two different types of plackets, a regular one (which we’re certain you’re already familiar with and a concealed placket, which may be new to you.
The concealed placketAlso known as “fly front” or “hidden,” the concealed placket is mostly associated with formal or black tie dress. It has an extra layer of fabric on top of the buttons concealing all but the collar button from view. Though it is customary to use the same fabric for the shirt body and a concealed placket, feel free to experiment. Who are we to stop you?
If you choose a regular placket we offer you two additional design options: thin piping or wide piping.