Have you ever wondered what this loop on the shirt was for?

If you’ve ever taken a closer look at your clothing, you might have noticed a loop at the back of some garments, a feature frequently found on men’s dress shirts. This discreet detail, often overlooked, has more to it than meets the eye. Dress shirts with button-down fronts are typically associated with casual wear.

When paired thoughtfully with suitable jeans and additional accessories, they can be transformed into sophisticated ensembles. For those who frequent the gym, a small loop is strategically placed on the back. Instead of struggling to find a closet or ensuring there’s a place to hang the shirt when away from home, the loop provides a convenient way to remove and hang the shirt.

Another intriguing use of the loop has been to signify a person’s relationship status. The removal of the shirt’s loop indicates that the wearer is in a committed relationship and has no need to hang the garment elsewhere. Over time, the loop has evolved into merely an additional piece of fabric sewn into garments, losing its original meaning.

The evolution of American fashion over the past century is a fascinating journey, with certain elements remaining unchanged. This holds particularly true for men’s attire, including the often-overlooked back-of-the-shirt loop. Referred to as a «fairy loop» or «locker loop,» it is commonly sewn onto button-down and oxford shirts. Its purpose is simple – to hang the shirts.

In some accounts, the genesis myth of the locker loop is associated with American sailors using them to hang their shirts on ships. Eventually, these loops became a standard feature of «preppy» attire worn by college students in the 1960s as part of mainstream menswear. According to clothing manufacturer Gant, the button-down shirt’s origin is traced back to Ivy League campuses, where the man behind the company initially offered the design to Yale’s male students, and word eventually spread.