Quick Guide to Men’s Shirt Collars

1. Cutaway

This is the widest of the spread collars, literally cut away because the collar is so short. This collar is most popular in London. This is to be worn with a tie with a wide knot.

Cut Away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. English Spread

The Brooks Brothers call this collar the one the Windsor knot was made for. It is considered a traditional English look.

English Spread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Spread

This one compliments the narrow face. It also nicely accommodates the Windsor knot. Spread refers to the width between the points of the collar.

Spread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Forward-Point

Also known as a straight-point collar or a narrow-point collar. This should be worn with a tie. Narrow opening flatters a round and wider face. This collar graced most military-issue dress shirts since World War I.

Forward-point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Snap- Tab

Tabs fasten under the tie’s knot to hold the collar’s point in place. Most popular in the 20s, 30s, with periodic revivals since. Style was evolved from formal to more sporty.

Snap-Tab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Abbreviated-Spread

A smaller, more modern and sporty version of the classic spread collar. This one was designed to be worn without a tie with the top button undone under a sport coat or sweater. However, you can still wear it with a tie.

Abbreviated- Spread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Club

This is also known as a golf collar or rounded collar shirt. It was required at English boarding schools in the mid 19th century. It came to be known as club collars to signify exclusive memberships.

Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Button-Down

The oxfords button down shirt are sporty and casual. This is generally worn without a tie but some designers are now making dressier versions of it to wear with a suit and a tie.

Buttoned-down

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