Here’s The Surprising Reason Why Button-down Shirts Have That Little Loop On The Back

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    Common design features are often taken for granted. They are very prevalent. The egg carton would be a great illustration. One more clever idea would be to easily take out one tissue at a time from the box.

    You may have pondered what makes a “button-down” different from a “button-up” in the world of fashion, but have you ever noticed the loop on the back of it?

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    What is the actual purpose of those loops on the back of your shirts?

    Why are there extra pieces of cloth in the middle of the back where the yoke and pleat meet? Originally appearing on shirts by the clothing brand GANT in the 1960s, “locker loops” were in the Ivy League locker rooms to keep student clothes from getting creased.

    Later, they gained importance as a defining feature of Ivy League society and a relationship status indicator for the school.

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    In exchange for the guys removing the loop that indicated they were taken, women would wear the men’s scarves.

    It’s reasonable to believe that, on college campuses, a few things have altered since then. According to a GANT spokesman, young women tearing the loops off of blouses worn by boys they admired was a common problem back then.

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    Often, the garment would become unwearable due to a significant portion being torn from the back by tightly stitched loops.

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