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The button-down collar has small buttons at the tips of the points. It is a characteristic collar style of the "preppy" look first popularized in the 1960s. Few people currently wearing button-down collars are aware of its historical origins. The button-down collar is an American adaptation of shirts worn by English polo players. It was introduced by John Brooks in 1900 after he observed English polo players wearing them to prevent collar flapping during a match. Polo players at first wore formal cotton dress shirts with the collars buttoned down to prevent flapping from becoming a distraction during matches. Today, the button-down collar is a staple of American men´s wear but is much less common in Great Britain.


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