Little do we realize that something as small as a collar can reflect our personality. Shirt collars define the wearer’s mood and should be selected considering the occasion…
A collar is a basic part of a shirt. It fastens around the neck. Little do we realize that something as small as a collar can reflect our personality. Shirt collars define the wearer’s mood and should be selected considering the occasion – for example, spread collars are a ‘yes’ for a dinner and drinks’ night, while tab and club collars are fun for the more adventurous type. We take you on the journey to rediscover the everyday shirt by its collar.
Tall Spread Collar
Also known as the formal collar, this is the most popular collar in the category. The formality comes in the form of a high collar band. The higher collar band gives this collar an upright, formal stand, which is best worn under a blazer or suit jacket. An incredibly versatile collar, this one works great professionally or casually and with a variety of tie knots and sizes.
The cutaway collar is again one of the most popular collar and for good reason. It works with everything has a subtle feel to it and looks good with patterned or solid shirts. It can be dressed up or down – with a suit and tie, or with denim. It gives a subtle rakishness to any look that no other collar style has.
This is also known as the classic collars. It has a narrower distance between the two collar points and, when buttoned, smaller enclosures for a tie knot. An excellent choice and a classic look for the oﬃce; it also transitions easily into casual wear when the tie comes oﬀ.
Button Down Collar
The button-down collar was introduced in England during the 1800s to help polo players keep their collars in place while playing. Secured to the shirt by small buttons on both points for both a stylish and practical look. This style is hence considered a sportier look and is the least dressy of available collar options.
The rounded club collar became popular after The Eton School in England instituted it in their wardrobe in the 19th century. The collar points are always rounded and can come in either spread or point collar styles. This collar has a distinctly vintage feel and works very
Small -Spread Collar
Quietly elegant, the small-spread collar provides a smooth and refined look that is extremely versatile. It works well in combination with either a formal or a casual blazer, with or without a tie. Day or night, it’s a classic.
One of the favorite styles for dressier occasions, the semi spread collar has a wider blade that is particularly well-suited for wear with a tie under a jacket. It’s a crisp and clean look for formal or professional occasions that is also perfect for post-event unwinding.
Extreme Spread Collar
The extreme cutaway spread is a statement maker by design, not for the timid. This type has longer collar points, thus balancing out the long, narrow face lines. Since it has an extreme spread (as the name suggests), it can be paired with a slim tie.
It’s perfect for casual shirts, such as seasonal plaids, or work twills. The collar is reminiscent of work wear or utility shirts, made from tough fabrics such as twills. A sensible, straight forward choice for casual comfort.
Often called a “Mandarin Collar” or “Nehru Collar”, it marks a fashion statement. It is essentially a slimmer collar band, without a collar blade or fold to the collar. It’s a pretty versatile collar, with the ability to be worn more formally, or incorporated into more everyday designs.
Rolled Button-Down Collar
The “roll” of this collar is created by having slightly more fabric in the collar blade itself than in the distance between the seam and the button. The result is a loose curve in the collar that creates a comfortable and casual look. It’s an excellent choice when you want to look sharp but leave the tie at home.
Small Button-Down Collar
Unlike classic and rolled button-downs, the small button-down features a much shallower collar blade, suggesting a more prep-inspired, collegiate style, but with a bit of a modern twist. It works well in a casual oﬃce setting, and it also looks great with a pair of jeans. It’s relaxed, easy and informal.
This gives an ultra-professional look. Casual shirts have been spotted incorporating a variation using contrast shades on the collar. This style is specifically about the color of collar and not the shape. Double collars too work with contrasting colours.
The most formal collar option, the wingtip collar is made primarily to be worn with a bowtie and tuxedo. It got its name from the fold-out collar points, which look like wings.
The Ozwald Boateng Collar
A namesake of the English fashion designer, this is one of the classiest styles in collar types.