Modern Living: Back to the Button-Down

Remember the button-down shirt?

A masculine must during the '50s, it eventually became about as unfashionable as the codpiece. As recently as last summer, it could be found only at stubbornly conservative shops like Brooks Brothers.

Now mod is going out, moderate is moving in, and the button-down is back. Says Danny Zarem, vice president and fashion director at Manhattan's Bonwit Teller: "Men have gotten the peacockery out of their systems. They feel it's now time to return to good taste."

The new button-downer boasts longer, narrower collar points, is cut more slimly and patterned...

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