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In the recent Bond movies and in stores I have started seeing pique white, double-cuff, lay-down collar shirts with a hidden placket. For black-tie has it become de rigeur to have a shirt with no allowance for shirt studs?

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If one doesn't want to bother with studs, and they are a bit of a nuisance, the blind placket is the way to go. Since I like studs, I probably won't rush right out.
 

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I'm quite fond of the hidden placket. Daniel Craig wore one in Casino Royale and Brosnan wore them in GoldenEye and in Die Another Day. Brosnan even wore them back in the 80's on Remington Steele. I have one from Saks Fifth Ave.
 

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The Black Tie Guide has this to say:
"Since the 1980s shirts of both collar types have been appearing increasingly often with fly fronts (concealed plackets). While this style eliminates the use of traditional studs, the fact that the buttons are hidden keeps the garment from being lowered to the level of a common dress shirt."

It's the formal shirt for minimalist dressers, the ones who are always talking about "clean, simple lines." Personally, I've never thought there was any point wearing evening wear if one isn't going to have any fun. Fly fronts aren't bad, but I'm all for studs.
 
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