Men's Guide to Shirt Collars styles
A lot can be said about a man from his choice in collars. Fashion dictates that you should get a collar that matches your face. We say, you should get a collar that matches your own personal style and not always worry about following fashion. Here are 5 of the most common styles for collars, along with a little guidance.
- The forward point collar.
Also called a straight point or narrow point collar, this collar is generally worn with a tie. Its distinctive quality is the narrow space between the two collar points that are often not covered by jacket lapels. These kind of collars are most often found on formal shirts and are worn by traditionalists, minimalists, bowtie wearers and is paired with a narrow tie. It suits most guys with round faces.
- The button down collar
The roots of the button down collar are more sporty and casual. These kind of collars are generally worn without ties, although dressier versions are available to be worn with suits.
Its distinctive quality is very obviously the buttons that hold the ends of the collar down. These collars are best for casual settings, preppy guys, sportsmen, students, non-tie wearers.
- The spread collar
This collar was popularized in the 1900s by Edward, the Prince of Wales, and it accommodates the Windsor tie knot perfectly. Spread refers to the width between the endpoints of the collar with its distinctive quality being roughly at a 45 degree angle to the collar points. This collar is mostly recommended for businessmen, men with large necks and when worn with wider neckties; it flatters narrower faces.
- The cutaway collar.
This is the widest of spread collars. It is literally ‘cut away’ as the collar is so short. This kind of collar is meant to be worn with a tie that has a wide knot and is most popular in London. The distinctive quality of this collar is the severe angle of the collar points and the visible “noose” ends of the necktie. This collar suits fashionistos, statement makers, guys who wear Italian suits and guys with narrow faces.
- The club collar
This is also known as a golf or rounded collar. The term club collar signifies exclusive club membership and was required at English boarding schools in the mid 19th Century. The distinctive quality of this collar is the rounded collar points. This kind of collar is meant for club members, brainiacs, Ivy Leaguers, guys who play by the rules and guys who appreciate exclusivity.
- The contrast collar
Contrast collars became popular because the magnates often wore them in the 80s. They are savvy options and were very formal two decades ago. However, nowadays this kind of collar is used more for informal occasions. The distinctive quality of this collar is that the colour of the collar is in a shade contrasting with that of the shirt. This kind of collar can be work by anyone when paired with the right complementary piece.
- The mandarin collar
A mandarin collar is a short, unfolded stand-up collar style. It starts at the neckline and typically rises vertically by 2 to 5 centimeters. The distinctive quality of this collar is its open, lifted piece with rounded ends. Mandarin collared shirts can be worn by anyone and is the most casual option - perfect for wear in the summer.
We hope this guide has helped you figure out the perfect collar for your needs. We leave it up to you to select what you think suits your style best.