MEN’S SHIRT COLLAR STYLES

A lot of people misunderstand shirt collars completely. They are often regarded as the part of the shirt which they have no say in. Most of the time guys just accept whatever collar comes with the shirt, believing that it doesn’t matter.

That is as big a mistake as Miss South Carolina attempting to answer a question. Each collar is designed with a specific fit and shape- some work better with suits, whereas others are best teamed with casual tops. Collars also work differently with each individual face shape, helping to create a more balanced look. So, let’s check out the variations of styles and see how they can work for you…

  1. REGULAR

This is the basic style. It’s what you’re going to be using for most occasions. Get most of your shirts in regular and you’ll be covered for nearly all events. Wear with a tie to work and remove the tie for evening drinks at the bar.

  1. SPREAD

The spread collar is one of the more formal types. It is strictly for pairing with suits and blazers and should NEVER be worn casually. The spread collar basically describes the width off the collar, as it pulls away and is almost horizontal. It is designed like this in order to show off the tie knot.

Another mistake most men make is to tie any old tie knot with it, which is as wrong as this car. Spread collars are designed to be worn with a thick knotted tie, preferably a full Windsor. The space between the collar lends perfectly for a big knot, a small sized one just looks out of place. It’s also perfect for men who have thin long necks, as the width of the collar help to balance their face.

  1. BUTTON-DOWN

The button-down collar is a timeless classic and evokes prep school chic. Pair it with Oliver Peoples glasses and you’ll look just like Clark Kent! It’s a very versatile style but steers more towards casual than formal. They work best when worn undone with a V-neck sweater or simply with a blazer. A current trend at the moment is to wear the button down buttoned all the way to the top and this can be spotted being rocked by all those trendy creative cats hanging around Brick Lane and Soho.

Every guy should at least own one or two button-down shirts, as they help break down your wardrobe and add that much needed casual look to your shirt game.

  1. LONG POINT

Long Point collars have a slightly dramatic effect. Ties are usually optional with these designs, but where they really come into their own is when a button or two is left undone. The length of the collar lends well to leaving them undone. Some have a more rigid structure and so stand upright a lot better, creating a more sophisticated look.

They are also great for guys who have a short, rounded face or little or no neck. The length of the collar, especially when undone, helps create the illusion of a longer neck and a more balanced face.

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