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Dress Shirt Placket | Fashion Advice for Perfect Styling

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Dress Shirt Placket

The dress shirt placket is the portion of the clothing that gives your shirt a distinct look and feel. What style you choose plays a significant role in the appearance of the rest of your attire, especially a jacket or suit. If you want to look your best, you’re going to need to know the difference in plackets.

Not familiar with the various dress shirt placket styles? Fear not, as I am going to give you a rundown of the different types so you’ll know what to look for when shopping for dress shirts. What’s more, I’ll discuss how the placket styles look and what features they present.


What Is a Dress Shirt Placket?

So what exactly is a dress shirt placket? The term refers to the double layer of fabric that fastens the button to the buttonhole of the shirt, and you can find it in the center of the front of the shirt. Maybe you weren’t aware that there is more than one type of shirt placket.

If not, you’re not alone. There are plenty of guys who don’t know this. However, you’re going to know all about the various placket styles once you finish reading what I’m about to share with you. 

Sure, you might not think this topic is very interesting. But I assure you, a real gentleman knows his shirt placket styles and knows which one to wear to look his absolute best. Therefore, I encourage you to read on to learn more.


Types of Placket Styles

Front Placket

The formal dress shirt front placket is the most common frontal style of formal shirt. The fabric is folded back and stitched with fusion interlining, giving it a refreshing and sophisticated charm. If anything, you will rarely go wrong with this style of placket on your business shirt.

In fact, the front placket is the most popular type of shirt placket. It has a very modern appearance. And while it’s true that the placket fabric is folded outwards and stitched to the rest, it can also be used as a separate fabric to create the same look.

Soft Placket

The soft front placket is very similar in style to the classic fusion front placket but with a soft, unfused structure. It is very suitable for casual shirts, with soft collars and cuffs.

No Placket (French Front)

French front placket is a popular placket style, without folding back placket. It has a very clean, neat, and tidy appeal. It is more difficult to iron than a standard front flap, but it is suitable for business and casual shirts.

This delicate shirt placket creates a clean one-piece fabric look, as the placket fabric is folded back and sewn from the inside. The plain design looks very elegant, but it is also often used in casual shirts. Ironing this type of shirt placket may be a bit tricky in terms of where you can and can’t reach it, but it’s doable with some practice.

Stand Up Front Placket

The stand up front placket provides extra support for the collar and helps it stand very well. This placket also looks like the standard front placket, but it is made of a special hard fusion interlining on the back of the placket.

Stand Up French Front

The updated version of the placketless design, this one uses rigid fusion on both the front and back (buttonholes and buttons) sides of the placket. 

The rigid fusion lining provides extra support, ensuring that your collar will stand well regardless of whether you wear a jacket or not. It looks like the standard French front, but due to the fusion, the fabric does not wrinkle around the buttonhole.

Popover Front

Part formal shirts, part polo, the popover has a soft front, and there are only three buttons under the collar. As its name implies, you need to “pop” it over your head to wear the popover front placket. This is a casual design option, to be sure.

This kind of sports casual shirt placket is often used for many types of casual shirts. The fabric is also folded back to create a front look, but the lacing is shorter due to only having three buttons. To wear comfortably, just put the shirt on your head and secure three buttons.

Western Front

The Western Front combines the Soft Front placket with elongated, stylized yoke details along the shoulders. As a casual design option, Western Front will automatically set the yoke to the Western yoke style to complete the look.

Perhaps a more casual look compared to other placket styles, but certainly one that fits the bill for informal occasions where the dress is still a bit higher than casual.

Covered Placket

Often referred to as the Fly Front, the Covered placket is a more formal style placket with an extra part to cover the buttons on the front of the shirt. Usually used for tuxedo shirts, this will definitely make your shirt look very clean and well-groomed.

Fly Front has an extra fabric to cover the buttons under it. A covered shirt placket is a very fashionable choice and one of the most formal choices. Although it is not very common, it gives you the cleanest look you can achieve. Because of its form, this type of shirt placket is usually associated with tuxedo activities.

Tuxedo Front

The appearance and structure are similar to those of the French front, but the top four buttons under the collar are detachable so that they can be replaced with tuxedo rivets. I recommend using this option only when buying a tuxedo shirt.

Tuxedo Front Pique

Classic formal dress style, with textured Thomas Mason Marcella white piqué fabric stitched on the front of the shirt. The piqué bib is 10 inches wide and ends directly below the fifth button, without a fly. The four buttons at the top under the collar can be detached for replacement with tuxedo rivets.

Tuxedo Front Pleated

Another classic formal style, with 10 7/16-inch pleats on each side of the front placket. The folds are made from the folds of the fabric on the front of the shirt. The four buttons at the top under the collar can be detached for replacement with tuxedo rivets.

A luxurious tuxedo or classic black option can complement the bold look of the shirt. Once again, I recommend this style only when sporting a tux. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking woefully out of place.

Soft Wide Front Placket

The soft wide front placket is a traditional version of the casual soft front placket. The placket is ¼-inch wider than the 1 ½-inch soft front placket and has the same soft, unfused structure. It is very suitable for casual shirts, especially those who prefer a more conservative look.

Wrap Up

Now that you know what plackets are and how many different styles there are, you should have a much easier time finding the right ones for various occasions. And if you’re ever unsure, simply refer back to this entry to brush up on your plackets.



1. What is a placket on a shirt?

The shirt placket refers to the part of the shirt where the buttonholes are situated. Plackets are usually constructed with more than one layer of fabric in the center front. In the past, plackets were entirely separate pieces of cloth that were sewn to the front; now, the edges are simply folded.

2. Should dress shirt have placket?

For the modern guy that wears suits to work and attends more formal events and meetings, it is recommended that he wear a shirt without a placket (french placket) with or without a tie. It is prudent to choose a regular placket for guys who prefer a sophisticated casual look or shirt and tie combinations.

3. What is a French placket shirt?

French plackets are button-front shirts without a separate pieced placket. In simple cases, the cloth is folded over and the two layers are stitched together with buttonholes (or three layers if there is an interlining). Normally, this technique is reserved for stiff-fronted white-tie evening shirts.