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    Default Button-up vs Button-down...

    what's the difference? Google Images seems to show the same kind of shirt. are they synonyms?
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    so many people use the term "button-down" incorrectly that the two terms have essentially become synonymous.


    a "button-up" shirt is any sport shirt or dress shirt that has buttons in the front.

    a "button-down" shirt is a shirt that has a button-down collar like this
    http://www.csgarment.com/images/cs-button-down.jpg
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    button down is also used a lot to mean tightened up or cleaned up
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    Quote Originally Posted by cthip View Post
    so many people use the term "button-down" incorrectly that the two terms have essentially become synonymous.


    a "button-up" shirt is any sport shirt or dress shirt that has buttons in the front.

    a "button-down" shirt is a shirt that has a button-down collar like this
    http://www.csgarment.com/images/cs-button-down.jpg
    Bingo. Button Up means close to nothing. I have a few button down shirts, but I prefer point collars, for no particular reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by cthip View Post
    so many people use the term "button-down" incorrectly that the two terms have essentially become synonymous.


    a "button-up" shirt is any sport shirt or dress shirt that has buttons in the front.

    a "button-down" shirt is a shirt that has a button-down collar like this
    http://www.csgarment.com/images/cs-button-down.jpg

    Correct - button-up is in contrast to a pullover type shirt, while button-down refers to the collar style.
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    I am guilty of saying button down when I mean button up. As a kid anything with buttons in the front was a button down shirt. I didnt know about buttons on collars until I got older. I try to use the correct term, but 15 years of calling it a certain thing is tough to break
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