Know your Collars!
Posted on 10 May 2019
Collars have evolved hugely over time from the bejewelled and embellished collars of the Mughal empire to the ruffles and ribbons of the Elizabethan period. As of today, there are many different collar styles defined by fashion connoisseurs and designers. Read along and enlighten yourself!
The Golden Rule
Don’t wear a collar that has same shape as your face i.e:
No Pointed Collars for long, thin faces
No Spread collars for round faces
Cutaway Collar- Originated in the early 20th century, these collar styles go great with a coat or a blazer. You can easily skip the neck wear and even undo a button or two. Cutaways also come in Semi Cutaway and Extreme Cutaway Collars.
Medium Spread- One of the most common collar styles for men, Medium Spread collars can be worn buttoned up with a tie or just the top button undone- apt for any formal or casual occasion. Sports coats and blazers with a tie also look good with these collar styles.
Forward-point- Traditional Forward Point collars are usually worn with suits and ties. Since the collars are long and pointy, undoing the top button isn’t a good idea.
Snap Tab/Club- The modern day version of these collars are about fun and being adventurous with your style! Pop icons tend to flaunt this style a lot. Since the collars are snub, it’s advisable to skip sweaters and closed jackets with these.
Button Down- Introduced for polo players in the early 1800s, Button Down collars have a long rich history of styling. The buttons keep the neck wear in place and hence work perfect for formal occasions. Also try a sports coat or a V neck sweater over a Button Down to get that prim Ivy League look!
Mandarin/Nehru- Also known as Band Collars or Grand dad collar, this Collar style is a Western interpretation of Chinese outfits dating back to Imperial China, later rebranded as Nehru collar after gaining popularity across India. Conveniently crafted, these collars provide breathability and less constriction.
Banker’s Collar (White Collar or Contrast colour) – Inspired by the corporate moguls of the 80’s, these collar styles add a retro element to your regular formal shirts! Wear it the casual way with denims or as a strictly formal shirt with blazer or suit, Banker’s Collars are equally versatile.
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