The Guide to Collars

As a man who loves to dress up, I love to wear button-up shirts.

And who can blame a man for enjoying the feel of wearing a well tailored crisp button up shirt?
So, if you are just like me and you love your shirts and you give them a bit more attention than you should then you should know every aspect of your shirt.

When I go shopping for shirts the hardest part is the shirts collar. I hate shirts with small collars – the type that is too small for a nice bold tie – so I’ll spend an absurd amount of time finding the perfect shirt.
And even though this guide won’t help you find the perfect shirt with the perfect collar, it will make things so much easier as you’ll know what you are looking for.

The Cutaway Collar


The cutaway collar is the widest spread collar.It’s mostly popular in Britain this collar is designed with the boldest and widest tie knots in mind.

The Club Collar


The club collar has a signature rounded edges. They originated from boarding schools in the UK in the mid-19th century. Now are known as club collars because they became a way to signify an exclusive membership.

The Forward Point Collar


If you have a wider face and you have to go to work with a tie every day then this should be your go to.
The forward point collar has been designed to be worn with a tie. But hey, you can bend the rules as much as you want.

The Button Down Collar


It’s the basis of the oxford button down shirt. Designed with a casual style in mind, nowadays it can be easily found on some dressier models.

The Wingtip Collar


The wingtip collar is specifically designed to be worn with a bowtie and a tuxedo. It’s the most dressy collar type.

The Band Collar


The band collar is the most casual of all the collar types. It’s usually meant to be worn with shorts or jeans, but nothing should stop you from trying to layer it.

Final Words

What type of collar you choose to wear depends on what you think suits you best. Don’t forget to share your favourite type of collar with us in the comments!

The collar photos are from The Proper Cloth.
Go and check their website for great products and high-end custom made shirts!
Evgeni Asenov

For the last 4 years I've been enthusiastic about men's style, lifestyle and fashion. Trough trial and error I've learned some things in this area and now I'm here to share with everyone who might be interested.

3 thoughts on “The Guide to Collars”

  1. Love the cutaway but I have a few club collars as well that I am a fan of. I believe I am done with the forward point (kent) collar.

  2. I mainly alternate between the Button Down Collar and the Band collar, but a great guide for others and I never knew the technical terms and origins of. Cheers !

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