fashion dictionary: placket
- An overlapping slit in a garment often forming a closure.
- Archaic: a pocket, especially in a women's skirt.
- Archaic: a woman or a petticoat.
Ah, the placket, something so common in our daily lives yet no one knows it's name. Not to be confused with a slit, this functional fashion element is for ease of putting on or taking off clothing and often, but not always, features buttons or zippers for closure. The first rule of placket: there is a small overlap of fabric. The second rule of placket: the opening cannot go all the way through the garment, it has to stop part way through. This means the opening of a jacket, button-down shirt, or the cardigan pictured above is not a placket.
The most 'famous' placket is the one found at the neck of a polo/tennis/golf shirt (as seen on a particularly dapper Adrian Brody above), but the fly of your pants (or skirt), the opening at the wrist of your shirt, that break at the back of your pencil skirt, or the side slits at the hem of your polo are all plackets!
Now you knoowwwwww.
UPDATE! Upon further research, it appears the origin of the word "placket" comes from plaquer, with is Old French for "to lay on." This makes sense since a placket is essentially two pieces of fabric laying on one another, but all we can think is, Good lord! Is that why women used to be referred to as plackets??!? If so, we're hoping a very old dictionary somewhere has "derogatory" slapped next to the definition because damn those 17th century bastards, amiright?