Comprehending copious collars.
A quick guide to the major styles you’ll find.
The collar is undergoing something of a power shift these days. Gone are the days when the medium-spread ruled the shirt world. Now you’re likely to run into any number of collars. And yes, you can stick with the medium-spread, but you should consider mixing it up a bit. It’ll do you some good.
The workhorse of the group, this collar is seen in most business settings. It provides a great showcase for neckwear and, if you choose to forego the tie, adds a hint of professionalism to a casual occasion.
The classic, versatile look made famous by Brooks Brothers. It revolutionized men’s fashion by attaching the collar directly to the shirt. Can be worn with a tie, although wearing it without one comes closer to its more casual roots.
If you’re familiar with the button-down collar, then you’ll recognize its shorter cousin, the Clifford. It’s a look that originated in the fifties, updated slightly for today. If you want to wear a tie with it, be sure it’s of the skinnier variety.
You can recognize this collar immediately by its rounded points. Its name originated because it was worn at Eton and other men wanted to be seen as being part of this exclusive club. Wear it and join the well-dressed club.
Also referred to as a Banker’s collar, the Contrasting collar is an ultra-professional look, although it’s been spotted recently on more casual shirts.
The collar the Windsor knot was made for. Its wide spread frames the bulky knot perfectly. A traditional English look.
A classic collar in the business world, the Forward Point can be worn with any style suit or sport coat and is typically worn with a four-in-hand knot, due to its width.
Another version of the spread collar, this one’s a bit more narrow with little room for a tie and often found on more casual shirts, where you’d likely skip the tie.
If you’re looking to make an elegant cosmopolitan statement, go with the Londoner. It has a very wide spread and as you might expect, originated in the dressy enclaves of the UK.
This is a good collar for those who want to show off their tie knot. The tab pulls the collar flat around the neck, allowing your tie to really pop.
This is a beefier version of the Forward Point collar. Its somewhat traditional look is at home in more formal settings and should be paired with a classically styled lapel. Back in the 1920s, this was one of the workhorses in every gentleman’s closet. Named for when collars were designated by sport.
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