Dress Shirt Front Placket Types

Dress shirts generally come with a few different options for the front placket.

Front placket (fused or soft)

A dress shirt front placket is the most common dress shirt front style. The fabric is folded back over and sewn with a fused interlining to give it that crisp, dressy appeal. You’ll rarely, if ever, go wrong with this on a business shirt.


The soft front placket is very similar in style to the classic fused front placket, but with a soft, unfused construction. It’s ideal for casual shirts and pairs really nicely with a soft collar and cuffs.


No front placket (French front)

The French front is a popular placket style that features no fold back placket. It has a “cleaner” more “downtown” appeal to it. It can be slightly more difficult to iron than the standard front placket, but works well on both business and casual shirts.


Popover Front

Part dress shirt, part polo. Features a soft front placket, with only three buttons below the collar, requiring you to “pop” it “over” your head. A casual design option, for sure.


Western Front

The Western front incorporates both a soft front placket and the extended, stylized yoke detail along the shoulders. A casual design option, the Western front will automatically set the yoke to our Western yoke style to complete the look. Western flap pockets and snap buttons are optional.


Covered placket (fly front)

Commonly known as the Fly Front, the Covered Placket is a more formal style placket with an extra piece that covers up the buttons on the front of the shirt. Commonly used for tuxedo shirts, this certainly will give your shirt a very clean, dressed-up look.


Tuxedo front (plain)

Similar to the French front in look and construction, but the top four buttons are removable so that one can put in tuxedo studs. We suggest only going with this option when buying a tuxedo shirt.


Tuxedo front Pique (Bib)

A timeless formalwear staple featuring a textured Thomas Mason Marcella white pique fabric sewn on the front of the shirt. The pique bib is 10” wide, ends just below the 5th button, and features no placket.


Tuxedo front Pleated

A classic formal option featuring ten 7/16″ pleats on each side of the (fused) front placket, made from the shirt’s fabric. The top four buttons (below the collar button) are removable in order to be replaced with tuxedo studs.