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The shirt plackets

Arguably one of the most important components on a shirt, the placket keeps your shirt looking smart and functioning well. The shirt placket refers to the part of your shirt where the buttonholes are placed. Located at the center front, plackets are almost always made with more than one layer of fabric. In the past, plackets were entirely separate pieces of cloth that were sewn to the front; today, the edges are simply folded. From conventional to concealed, read on for a mini-education on this essential shirt component.

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Conventional Placket

Found most often on dress shirts, this placket features fabric that has been folded over or attached as a separate piece to add stability to the shirtfront and give it a symmetrical appearance.

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Bib Placket

This placket features a special piqué fabric sewn on the front, offering a clean and elegant look.

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Concealed Placket

As the name suggests, this refers to a placket where the buttons are hidden behind the front center of the shirt, usually with an extra strip of fabric. When forgoing a tie, a concealed placket gives you a sleek and sophisticated appearance.