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She was wearing slim black pants, black boots and a snug white blazer over an oxford shirt buttoned to the neck.

Is "buttoned to the <something>" a clothing industry jargon?


The buttons on the front of an oxford shirt go all the way up the front, to just below the "adam's apple". To be "buttoned to the neck" means to be buttoned "all the way up to the neck". That is, the topmost button has not been left unbuttoned.

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  • This comes from the term a "button-up" shirt/blouse/what-have-you, which means it closes with buttons instead of a zipper or instead of just being pulled over your head. A "button-down" means the points on the collar button to shirt front (near your collar bone). – miltonaut Jan 3 '15 at 3:01
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    @meatie I don't know that "buttoned to the neck" is really jargon. AmE uses phrases like "filled to the top" fairly frequently. A shirt with buttons aligned vertically fits the pattern. "Button down" is more jargon-ish, but it is still a common fashion term. For example, on a cold day I might tell my children to zip their coats all the way up. – Jason Patterson Jan 3 '15 at 4:09
  • The descriptive phrases "buttoned to the neck" and "button-down collar" are not "clothing industry jargon" but everyday language from the domain of Clothing. Compare: She was wearing high black suede boots laced to the knee. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 3 '15 at 12:08

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