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Shirt Collars

Since the collar essentially frames the face, it is important to select a collar which works best for your physical proportions. The details to consider are the spread, that is the distance between the points of the collar which can be narrow, medium or wide and the points length which can be short, average or long.

Shirt Collars :

Point

Standard for business, this versatile style works well with a jacket and tie or opened up for after work cocktails. The crisply pressed points come in varying length and offer a dressier option than a button-down. Plus, the longer points slim the face and frame your tie’s knot.


Spread

This British classic has an unequivocal air of elegance. If you’re going to sport this look, you better be prepared to tie a big knot.


Button-down

This distinctly American look rose to prominence in the Ivy League during the 1920s. Which may explain its rakish devil-may-care attitude when worn casually. Dress it up with a knit tie or wear it open and roll up the sleeves.FYI: The detachable collar was apparently invented by a housewife in the early 1800s that grew tired of washing so many of her husband’s shirts.


Tab

Designed to fit higher on the neck, the tab pulls the collar points down while lifting the knot of your tie closer to the chin. Buttoned up, it’s a tad formal and sophisticated. Unbuttoned, it’s dashing and nostalgic.



Banker’s

Originally, this formal white collar was detachable from the shirt, usually in a different colored fabric. The contrast made for a stylistic flourish, and it has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity. Of course, the shirt now comes in one piece.


Club

This narrow collar has a slightly rounded edge and became very popular in the first few decades of the 20th Century. It too, has been reintroduced by labels as Ralph Lauren.

Face Shape
Acceptable
Avoid

Rectangular-Square Jaw

Average to slightly short collar

Average to slightly wide spread

Standard collar

Button-down

Tab collar

Pin collar

Long points

Square

Standard collar

Average to slightly long collar

Average to slightly narrow      spread

Tab collar

Pin collar

Button-down

Wide and short collars

Inverted triangle or diamond

Standard collar

Slightly short collar

Average to slightly spread collar

Long points

Pin collar

Button-down

Oval or oblong

Standard collar

Slightly wide spread

Short length

Button-down

Long points

Round collar

Round, wide spread

Slightly short collars

Button-down

Round collars

Narrow spreads

Long points


Face Shape

Acceptable

Avoid

Rectangular-Square Jaw

· Average to slightly short collar

· Average to slightly wide spread

· Standard collar

· Button-down

· Tab collar

· Pin collar

Long points

Square

· Standard collar

· Average to slightly long collar

· Average to slightly narrow      spread

· Tab collar

· Pin collar

· Button-down

Wide and short collars

Inverted triangle or Diamond

· Standard collar

· Slightly short collar

· Average to slightly spread collar

Long points

Pin collar

Button-down

Oval or oblong

· Standard collar

· Slightly wide spread

· Short length

· Button-down

Long points

Round collar

Round, wide spread

Slightly short collars

Button-down

Round collars

Narrow spreads

Long points

Comments
  1. Stylish and Purposeful, pin collar shirt is one of several collar styles offered for men. The main purpose of pin collar is dual: first the pin brings the collar tabs closer, making for an exclusive, attractive appearance and, second, the pin props up the knot of the tie which makes the necktie more noticeable.

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