Everything you need to know about Shirt Plackets!

Placket is an opening or slit in a garment, covering fastenings or for access to a pocket, or the flap of fabric under such an opening. “Google search”


In Layman’s terms, placket is a narrow fabric strip that you can find running down the front of a dress shirt, usually where the buttons are.

Plackets come in different versions –

  1. The Front Placket: This is the most traditional or conventional placket. Comprises of two or more fabrics either attached separately or folded over, showcasing stitching on both sides running down from collar to hem working as a support for the buttonholes and providing stability to the shirt front. Seen worn by both Americans and the English and a favourite look for James Bond. A crisp yet dressy appeal for business attire. These come in both options, a fused front style or a soft unfused construct.
  2. The French Placket: Or the No placket shirt front. It reveals no placket or stitching… just buttonholes to hold the extra material in place. Giving it a very clean, crisp finish apt for both business and casual attires.
  3. The Fly Front Placket: An apt choice for tuxedos lending it an air of classic elegance, wherein the fabric covers the buttons. Hence also called the Covered Shirt Placket.

And then there are variations to the plackets such as,


  1. Popover Front: When the placket ends halfway through the shirt front spanning only three buttons. These are apt for Linen or cool cotton shirts with mandarin collars and short sleeves.
  2. Western Front: Remember the common shirts from every western movie… where a yoke details the shoulders while the front is a soft front placket.

With these you should be good to go with plackets in men’s shirts… and at Vitruvien.com you get to customize the shirts and plackets to your liking.


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