Bespeaking the perfect button down collar.
The funny thing about chasing after the perfect button down collar, besides my desire for an object that has a deep relation with a minority that justified its rule over my country, with the help of a coopted elite (as always), on the basis of cultural superiority (exactly the kind of “democracy” instituted on 1787), is that the essence of said object is its imperfection. Anyway, let’s not go on with political or philosophical discourse, we are here for
The history of this collar, always associated with the oxford cloth, is not going to be covered here, because you are advised to take a look at this amazing post by the Put This On (part of a series) covering this topic. Also, since it is summer here, in the Southern Hemisphere, and this project is going to be handled by a local tailor (which means fast delivery times), I am going with a light cream linen and silk blend for the first batch. If everything goes well, you will get some shirt making action on your dashboard “regularly” (well, you do know me).
My focus on this project, as the name of this post hints, is the collar itself, however, I am also looking for a great fit, which I have not got from any rtw/mtm brand that I have tried before. The other stylistic details are pretty straight forward, and are well represented by the picture above (except for the breast pocket, which I do not like, and for an extra button on each cuff).
I have already had my first fitting, trying on a mock-up without a collar. According to my tailor, the general fitting aspects were pretty good, I do concur. The collar, my main concern, is going to be basted for the next fitting, next Saturday, when I am going to try to get a photograph for you. See you then!