Whether you're just diving into the world of dressing well, or have earned the title of "best-dressed" among your crew, this blog post is focused on knowing one of the most basic parts of clothing: the collar.
Starting with the classics: The Medium Spread or Classic Spread
Just as the name states, this collar has been a go-to for decades. Why? It works well with most face shapes, and you can dress it up or down and still be appropriate. An added bonus: it can accommodate both w wide or narrow tie knot without looking odd.
Best for: most face shapes, but especially round. This collar will help lengthen and narrow your face.
Narrow or Straight Point Collar
This collar typically has a spread of 1.5"-3.5” from point to point. You should use smaller tie knots with this style.
Best for: round and square face shapes to make you look thinner and lengthen your face.
A widespread collar typically ranges between 4"-6” from point to point.
Best for: narrow face shapes to give the appearance of a wider/stronger jawline.
Cutaway or Windsor Collar
This is the widest spread you'll find on a dress shirt. It works great for larger tie knots (such as the Windsor knot, hence its original name), but since the collar points tend to be on the shorter side, not everyone can wear it. The cutaway has had a resurgence in popularity recently.
Best for: Those with a narrow chin/diamond or oblong face shape. Will create the appearance of a wider jawline.
The above collar styles are the most common for everyday dress shirts. A custom tailor can adjust the collar point length according to your neck and what looks best on you. We have also included some other stylistic options below for those on the adventurous side!
If you're looking for a vintage feel, opt for a club collar. It comes in a variety of spreads, and pairs well with semi-formal attire, or for those nights when you want to bring out the dandy side in you. You can also ask for this style to be used with a tie bar or pin.
Bonus: Do you know why it's called a club collar? This style of collar was created by the Eton school in the late 19th century who wanted to distinguish their attendees from other surrounding colleges. Therefore, those that wore it were made it known that they were all apart of a special elite "club".
First mass produced by Brooks Brothers in 1896, the button-down is a more casual shirt option. We wouldn’t pair this with say, a tux, but it is a fun option to add that extra little stylish detail. Add flair with contrasting buttonholes or buttons here!
Hidden Button-Down Collar
This is a style secret only you'll know about, but its nice to have if you want a clean and crisp look.
Mandarin, Band, or Nehru Collar
A collar that goes by many names is actually the least collar-like! Usually reserved for casual shirts, the picture above displays a band style. The Nehru collar gets its name from its appearance on the Nehru jacket. Though there are slight variations between them, they all have the basic upright, short height look.
You've probably seen this style on tuxedo shirts.
On the outside it looks like your normal, everyday narrow point collar. It’s what’s on the inside (or hidden beneath your tie) that really makes it special. The tab pushed the tie up and forward for a unique look.
This style is similar to the tab collar in that it pushes your tie front and center, but is secured by a long bar or pins. You can change out the accessories as you please to adapt to your outfit. Best used for formal events.
Two Button or Double Button Collar
This style is more focused on the collar band rather than the actual collar, but it is a unique option for modern shirting. Because of the increase band height, it is a great option for those with longer necks.