Life Of The Party: Formal Fun Shirts

So when you’re wearing your favorite herringbone sportcoat to your “creative black tie” parties this year (see our previous post), why not get creative with your shirt, too.

ThredHeads is a mother and daughter startup that’s putting a neo-prep and formal spin on the Brooks Brothers fun shirt.

According to the company, the shirts are made from Italian cotton “by the finest private label shirtmaker in the United States.”

The idea is that the shirts look conventional from the front when worn under a jacket, but then when you rip off your jacket sometime around midnight — because you’re getting lucky, for example — then the fun really starts.

Above is a tartan model called the Boston, while below is the Nantucket:

And finally, for those who do most of their winter partying at their Florida residence, there’s the Palm Beach, in a pink and lime green gingham check. — CC

19 Comments on "Life Of The Party: Formal Fun Shirts"

  1. Love it. Reminds me of the Tussah Silk Formal Button-down shirt carried by
    by Press in the 1950s, an insouciant triumph.

  2. I like the tartan shirt and Yankee Whiskey Papa that is a really great shirt/ project.

  3. I can see this appealing to certain types of men who also wear black tie frequently. It’s a way to spice up their togs without delving into the visibly ridiculous. However, it stays out of Clown Territory only as long as the man keeps his jacket on. Once he takes it off, he may as well put on a curly wig and a red nose.

    *ahem* However, for those of us who can’t stand “fun” shirts or patch anything, they are hideous.

    Having said that, I still wish the company making them success.

  4. Reactionary Ivy | November 15, 2012 at 5:32 am |

    No comment

  5. Great duds for Halloween!!!

  6. @Henry


    Hear! Hear!

  7. Michael Mattis | November 15, 2012 at 11:07 am |

    These are the mullet of formal shirtings: business in the front, party in the back!

  8. @Henry – Thank you

  9. “Hideous” because you:

    1. enjoy removing your dinner jacket during formal events?
    2. don’t like the idea of color hidden under your dinner jacket?
    3. never go to black tie functions ever and are confused by this?

  10. Not my cup of tea, but I don’t own a tux anymore. I’ve worn tartan and other patterns of cumber bun and tie, but usually black, it depended on the venue and who was throwing the affair. I guess that would guide the wearing of these, if they were my cup of tea.

  11. Michael Mattis,



    Try reading my first comment again.

  12. Proudly Uptight | November 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm |

    Hideous because they’re vulgar.

  13. On a slightly different though still relevant note, is there a clear verdict between the vest and the cummerbund, as regards the Ivy style?

  14. Michael Mattis | November 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm |


    You’re welcome.

  15. Sounds quite amusing at a first glance. But you would 1) never lose your jacket on a formal evening and 2) certainly get kicked out from the event. In our fraternity you wouldn’t get entrance with such a shirt and a permanent interdiction for further visits.

  16. Allowing customers to go wild with choice is not always good idea…

  17. If one consumes enough champagne at the new year’s festivities, no one will notice anything unusual when you take your jacket off. Sorry, not for me . . .

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