Frame your face properly and stay on top of the fashion trends with the right shirt collar. Here are different options and ways to wear them.
The Spread Collar is highly versatile, and it works for both formal and casual settings. The wider collar leaves disappear right where they meet the jacket, while the distance between them accommodates both slim and wide tie knots. A spread collar shirt looks smart with or without a jacket.
The T-Spread Collar features the approximate length of 3 inches, and the average spread between the collar points is 5 ¼ inches.
The British Spread Collar offers the widest spread between the collar points – around 6 inches. The average length of the collar points is 2 ¾ inches.
The Modern Spread Collar has the approximate length of 3 ¼ inches, and the spread between the collar points is around 3 inches.
The 3″ Spread Collar features 3-inch long collar points.
The Continental Collar has a wider distance between the points, accommodating either a slim or wide tie knot. The average spread between the collar points of The 3″ Continental Collar is 5 inches. If you like the shape, but the collar points are too big for you, pick The 2 ¾″ Continental Collar that has a spread of approximately 4 ½ inches.
The 3 ¼″Continental Hidden Button-Down Collar features the average spread between the collar points of 5 inches.
The Reverse Cutaway Collar (around 3¼ inches in length) has the largest spread between its collar points – approximately 6¼ inches. Modern and versatile, the collar matches any face shape and any occasion, reflecting your bold confidence. It looks sharp with both small and large tie knots. For a softer look, wear it unbuttoned under a sport jacket or on its own.
The Micro Collar has a narrow shape and creates a fresh and youthful image when complemented with a slim-fit suit jacket and skinny tie. When worn open, the micro collar offers a more casual yet sharp appearance. The spread between the collar points is approximately 2 ½ inches, and the average length is 2 ½ inches.
The Military Collar makes a dress shirt an instant wardrobe go-to. The room between the collar points is about 3 ¼ inches, and it can have a visually slimming effect for men with wide face features. Pair the military collar with a slim tie for a classic look. The average length of the military collar points is 2 ¾. The Military Button-Down option has the same length and the approximate spread of 3 inches.
The Button-Down Collar is a staple of business-casual style. It has a soft interlining and small buttons on the collar points. The collar is one of the most versatile styles that pairs with a suit or blazer and goes well with or without a tie. The collar points of the Classic Button-Down version are around 3 ¼ inches long, and the spread between them is approximately 2 ¼ inches. The average length of the Military Button-Down Collar points is 2 ¾ inches, and the spread between them is approximately 3 inches.
The Round Collar can be incredibly versatile. It looks great with a jacket and skinny tie or worn unbuttoned for a more casual appearance. The round collar is 2 ½ inches long in average, featuring less room between the collar points (around 2 ½ inches). It works better for men with narrower faces.
The Club Collar: Want to add even more personality to your bespoke suit? Try the club collar. The rounded ends offer a vintage twist to a classic shirt, which is an elegant fit for a cocktail party or semi-formal events. The length of the club collar is approximately 3 ¼ inches, and the spread between the collar points is about 6 inches.
The Mandarin Collar, also known as a band collar, does not have collar leaves. Instead, it offers a flat band of cloth (around 1 ½ back height) around the neck. A perfect casual option for summer, the collarless shirt can be dressed up to a formal look with a blazer.
The 3″ Longpoint Collar is the most traditional collar, and it provides a classic look. The narrower collar points create a visually slimming effect for those with rounder faces or wide necks. The smaller room between the points (1 ¾ inches in average) calls for a slimmer and smaller tie knot.
Further, there are multiple ways to add custom details to the collar to make the shirt uniquely yours. For instance, the stitching can not only play an important part in determining the shirt’s quality, but it can also be decorative. French stitching always signals the flawless quality of the shirt, providing an elegant look, durability and high level of craftsmanship. Regular stitching (approximately 8 mm from the edge) offers a clean standard finish to either formal or casual shirt, while edge stitching (about 1 to 2 mm from the edge) enhance a neat image. Whatever you choose, ensure that your collar and cuff have the same stitching.
Besides, most of the collar styles require collar stays (little strips of metal or plastic inserted into the collar points) that keep the collar points looking straight and firm. A premium-quality dress shirt will always come with removable collar stays.
As can be seen, the shirt collar plays an important part in your overall appearance. Educating yourself on different styles will help you pick the collar that suits you better on any occasion.