Our recent post on William Ivey Long led some presumably blue-shirted commenters to say they were reconsidering white.
Above is another compelling case for white by another show-biz gentleman named William. Actor Holden is pictured in a LIFE Magazine photo shoot from 1954.
Sometimes a white buttondown is all you need. Except for the times when a pink buttondown is all you need:
And here’s another thing to ponder. One of my favorite books on the history of menswear is Pearl Binder’s “The Peacock’s Tail,” written around the same time as these photos. And one of my favorite quotes from it is when Binder writes that in all cultures and in all eras throughout human history, “the neck has been the focal point of masculine self-assertion.”
Perhaps there’s yet another reason for the importance of collar roll. It adorns and accentuates the neck. — CC