A Visual Guide to Shirt Collars

These six shirts are essential to any man’s
wardrobe

Written by Lisa van Wijk
There
are dozens of shirt collar styles for the classic dress shirt. We’ve whittled
down the list to the six essentials we believe every man should know. Use this
simple guide to educate yourself on the basic options available and the
appropriate ways to wear them.
Guide to Men’s Shirt Collars:
                                               A Visual Guide to Shirt Collars
Straight Collar
This
classic standby works for any man, in any suit, and with any necktie knot. You
can’t go wrong with this time-tested fail-safe.
men's dress shirt collars straight collar
Button Down Collar
This
dapper shirt collar style was invented & introduced to America by Brooks
Brothers. It is generally the most casual of the bunch. Because of the way in
which the points are fastened to the shirt, the button down collar features a
soft roll instead of a crease at the collar band. This style also looks great
unbuttoned.
men's dress shirt collars button down collar

Spread Collar
The
spread collar is most common in Britain and Italy. As its name suggests, the
points of this collar are spread apart at a very wide angle. This gives the
wearer a sophisticated and self-possessed look.

men's dress shirt collars spread collar
Cutaway Collar
As
you may have suspected, the cutaway collar looks as if part of the collar has
been “cut away.” Due to the extreme distance between the points on this collar,
part of the band and sides of the necktie knot (when worn) are exposed. It
takes a man with confidence to wear shirt collar this regal.
Men's dress shirt collars cutaway collar
Club Collar
The
club collar enjoyed popularity in the early 20th century. Unlike the other
collar styles on our list, the club collar features a sloping curve in place of
an angular point. We’re convinced that this unique shirt collar style has been
mounting a comeback.
Club Collar featured on AMC's Mad Men
Tab Collar
Popular
in the 1920s and the 1960s, the tab collar features a snap or button tab that,
when fastened, lifts and frames the tie knot. The tab collar saw a small surge
in popularity after it was featured in the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall. This
collar must be worn with a necktie.

Daniel Craig wearing a Tab Collar in Skyfall
Conclusion
Most
other shirt collar styles are variations on these 6 basics. Length of the
point, collar spread and height will vary. In terms of wearability, straight
collars tend to work best for rounder faces and a wider spread tends to suit
narrower or oval faces. Though many believe these rules are absolute, we
believe you should choose the collar style that best matches your personal
style and attitude. Which is your favorite collar style?
Lisa Van Wijk
SOURCE: THE GENTLEMANUAL
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.