How Important Is a Placket to Your Shirt?

The placket is the portion of a shirt where the front folds over to form a double layer of fabric where the buttons are placed. You can find it at the top of the shirt, or running the full length of its front .

The style of this design element is essential because it can affect how good your clothes look. Also, it affects how they look on you. So, if you're someone who prefers their clothes to feel and look more formal, then you might prefer the covered or even the tuxedo placket.

Black tuxedo with grey vest

On the other hand, if you like your clothing less formal, you should look for shirts with a French front placket, or the more ubiquitous front placket.

No matter what you should know what style placket to rock for any given occasion, and this is where our guide will come in handy!

Types of Plackets

The Single-Breasted Placket

The single-breasted placket is what most people think of when they hear the word "placket". It's a type of closure that runs down the middle of the shirt, separating the front and back.

Single breasted placket dress shirt

In addition, the lip (or flange) on the underside of the placket helps to hold it shut.

Single-breasted plackets are available in many different styles, including button-front, center-dart, French cuffs, and straight. The kind you choose will depend on your personal preference. The button-front is probably the most common type you see in stores today. It is a simple design with buttons on either side of the garment opening. These buttons close the shirt when you wear it.

The Double-Breasted Placket

Double breasted placket dress shirt

If you know the placket you want, it will help you choose the correct shirt. For example, consider the double-breasted placket if you want a dress shirt with a formal look. This style is prevalent for business and formal attire and will be appropriate for many occasions.

The double-breasted style is made up traditionally of six buttons that run vertically from just below the collar to the bottom of the shirt, where they meet on one side.

However, only four buttons are used for a more relaxed look. Keep in mind that there are two types of closures: one beneath each button or a single button at the top.

Man buttoning dress shirt

The former is more traditional while the latter can look more modern depending on your preference.

Of course, some designers use three or five buttons for a different design effect!

Shirt Lengths

When it comes to placket style, the first decision you'll need to make is your shirt length. There are two options: short length and long length.

Short-length shirts offer more mobility and are best for athletic or casual wear.

Man wearing plaid dress shirt

Longer-length shirts usually have more professional connotations but can also be worn casually with jeans or shorts. You should also consider the type of event you will be attending when deciding on the length of your shirt.

For example, if you will be in a formal setting, your best option would be a longer-length shirt. Wear it with a double-breasted placket tucked into pants or slacks for an added formal touch.

On the other hand, if you are attending a more casual event, a shorter-length shirt with a button placket would work well.

Button Style

Man in button down blue dress shirt

The button style of shirt is the most common. It features a series of buttons running down one side of the shirt and on dresses and casual shirts. This style is closed with five or six buttons on average, or even up to twelve maximum.

This type of placket also comes in two varieties: it can be either a "butterfly" or a "split" construction. If you're looking for a more casual look, go with a butterfly construction. If you're looking for something more formal, go with the split construction.

You will find this placket style on both single and double-breasted shirts.

Dress Shirt Placket Style

Stack of male dress shirts with plackets

The key to styling a placket shirt is in the details, and it can be difficult if you don't know what you're doing. This article will teach you everything you need to style your shirt. It will cover the different types of plackets to colors and patterns.

These are the basics that will turn your placket into your new favorite piece of clothing.

Plain Placket Shirt

A dress shirt is a perfect piece to wear with just about anything. It can be dressed up or down and is one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe.

Man in blue dress shirt with sunglasses

When styling a placket shirt, it's essential to think about the type of placket you're wearing and what you want to do with it. Here are the common type


The buttons on this type of placket feature horizontal lines and tend to be more formal than the rest. It's perfect if you want to wear your shirt with a tie or as part of a suit or blazer ensemble.


This style features vertical lines and will often button up past the top like a traditional dress shirt.

Man in dress shirt holding a cellphone

Box plackets tend to with dressier clothes like suits and blazers but can also be worn casually with jeans and loafers.


This type features round buttons that sit flat against the fabric and make it appear like there's no opening at all. Round-plackets are great for dressing up an outfit because they can make your clothes look more sleek and polished without looking too stiff.

You can wear them great for weddings, parties, events, or functions.

Contrasted Placket Shirt

 pink and black contrasting placket shirt


The style of shirt is a great piece to have in any man's wardrobe. It can go with just about anything, and it's a perfect alternative to a simple long-sleeved shirt.

The best way to style a placket shirt is with details. This article will give you the basics of doing so by teaching you everything there is to know about contrasts. A contrast placket shirt has a different color or pattern at the top instead of the bottom.

The color of the placket should match the color of your pants, but other important factors come into play when styling this type of placket. First of all, decide whether you want your contrast placket at waist height or higher up on your chest.

Dress shirt in contrast colors

The height of this detail will depend on what pants you're wearing, but make sure it matches what people are wearing in general for your event. If you want an even more exciting look, try opting for two contrasting colors or patterns on either side of the placket.

But, of course, you'll want one color to complement each other, so choosing one dark and one light color will work best!

Half-Placket Shirt

This type of shirt is unique in that it has a single layer of fabric covering the chest and one side.  The other side will have a hemline, which exposes the wearer's skin.

Man in half-placket shirt

This style is typical with the top three buttons up, or some people may prefer to wear it open. It can also go with both pants and shorts for various looks.

When pairing with pants, it's best to wear them on your hips to suit the length of the placket shirt. It's also good to tuck in your shirt, as this will elongate your torso and balance out proportions.

When pairing with shorts, it's best to wear them high on the waist to suit the length of the placket shirt.

Full-Placket Shirt 

Different dress shirts with plackets

One of the most versatile types of shirts on the market. It can be worn on its own, over a t-shirt, tucked in, untucked, or buttoned-up.

The placket is the strip of fabric at the top of your shirt that opens down to your belly button. The beauty of this type of placket is that it allows you to show off what you're wearing underneath or create different looks with just one piece.

A full-placket shirt is perfect for someone who doesn't want to be limited by one style or cut.

But if you're not sure how to style it properly, it can seem like a challenge.

Importance of Placket Placement

Man wearing a grey printed full packet dress shirt

A placket is a strip of fabric that extends from the top of a shirt to form a pocket. The placement can affect how well your clothes fit.

If you like your clothing more fitted and tailored, having a placket near the bottom will make it easier to look slim and trim. On the other hand, if you prefer loose and more comfortable clothing, a placket near the top will be best.

Whether you have a placket at the top, middle, or near the bottom of your shirt, it's essential to consider where to place it to ensure your clothes fit properly.

Final Thoughts

Whatever type of shirt you wear, be sure to find the perfect placket. It should fit your personal preferences and make it easier to move around.

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