How to pick the right shirt collar for you
I have a confession to make: men’s dress shirt collars are a bit of a mystery to women.
Just like you don’t fully appreciate the subtle – yet significant! – difference between the blush pink of Essie’s Ballet Slippers to the pink-y blush of Spaghetti Strap (yes, their real names), not all of us are totally clear on the intricacies of a point collar versus a cutaway.
But I do, of course, and I know the number of collar styles can get overwhelming, even for guys. Are you sporting the right collar for your face and for where you’re headed? There are dozens of different kinds of collars, with styles for every imaginable occasion and face type.
Here are the five main collars we’re willing to stick our necks out for:
1. Cutaway Collar
Hugh and Crye, $85
A versatile collar, though it takes some confidence to pull off – it looks good as a solid or a print and can be dressed up or down. The cutaway collar is short and is best paired with a tie boasting a wider knot.
2. Button Down Collar
The button down collar is one of the more casual styles (and the one women most often call your shirts with buttons). It can be worn with or without a tie. There are two buttons on each side of the collar that, as tradition dictates, should be buttoned at all times, though I feel that’s a bit of an old-fashioned view.
3. The Spread Collar
Brooks Brothers, $92
The distance between the two points of the collar is spread further apart than other collars – hence the name. This widespread collar enjoys widespread popularity, and for good reason. A note on fit: a spread collar looks especially nice on men with narrower faces.
4. The Club Collar
Ralph Lauren, $125
Originating in the 19th century, the club collar was worn by members of an exclusive club. Years later this rounded collar is considered a more casual style and is often worn to play golf. You can look like a bit of a dandy in this collar type, so if you’re going to go with it, proceed with caution and wear with care.
5. Forward Point Collar
Brooks Brothers, $92
The forward point collar – or simply, the point collar – is considered a staple in the business world. It especially flatters men who have round faces because of the narrow opening. Wear this style collar with a suit and tie or a sports coat.
Do you match your collars to the occasion? What is your favorite style collar to wear?
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