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DRESS SHIRT COLLAR GUIDE

What type of dress shirt collar is right for me?

The key to finding the collar style that works for you is not following rules that make style about the shape of your face. Awesomely logical, but seriously not the point. A collar that fits you well and makes you feel crazy competent is ALWAYS your best choice. Below, classic rules on when and where to wear the traditional collar choices. The rest is up to you.

Straight Collar

Straight Collar

Also known as the point collar, the straight collar is flexible enough to wear to work with a tie, then go tie-less for dinner after. The straight is a universal collar; the most versatile, easy to wear style. This collar style is appropriate for many occasions from weddings to business functions. Pair it with a classic suit and tie, or jeans and a blazer; you'll always look well put together.

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Windsor Spread Collar

Windsor Spread Collar

Traditional British fashion, it calls for a properly knotted tie, though Windsor knot is not required. The Windsor spread collar is a conservative spread collar appropriate for any occasion inside or outside of the boardroom.

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Buttondown Collar

Buttondown Collar

This old school academic collar is historically casual, but dress it up with a tie and it's all American. The button-down collar was introduced in England during the 1800s to help polo players keep their collars in place while playing. Secured to the shirt by small buttons on both points for both a stylish and practical look. This style is hence considered a sportier look and is the least dressy of available collar options.

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Tab Collar

Tab Collar

The all-business button or tab not only keeps the collar flat around your neck, it props the requisite wearers tie up as well. A snap tab collar holds your tie perfectly in place by using a snap that brings the points of the collar closer together. The close points that the snap tab give your shirt a neat and polished appearance. This type of collar provides a classy look to your outfit and is generally worn on dressier occasions. Never, ever wear this dress shirt without a tie!

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Cutaway Spread Collar

Cutaway Spread Collar

The cutaway spread collar points at roughly 45 degrees, it's wider than a Windsor spread collar and less than the Extreme, the cutaway spread collar is ideal for wide and prominent neckwear and offers an unimpeded presentation, making it a perfect choice for formal business, tie it up.

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Club Collar

Club Collar

Also called the Eton collar, the club collar has the preppy fashion of short rounded points and wide collar stance. It's best worn with simply patterned ties, thinly knotted. This style is very versatile and can be worn with or without a tie.

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Eyelet Collar

Eyelet Collar

Not an everyday collar choice, all eyes tend to be drawn to the pin of the eyelet collar. All good, because it props the tie up while holding collar points perfectly in place. The eyelet collar brings sophistication back; this collar will wow your friends in formal settings and business meetings alike.

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English Spread Collar

English Spread Collar

Wider than the Windsor and less severe than a Cutaway, this British classic cleans up nicely with edge stitch detail. If you're wearing an English spread collar shirt, avoid skinny knots - stick with a Windsor knot!

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Park Avenue Collar

Park Avenue Collar

Covering the middle ground between straight and spread collar style, the shorter collar points and narrower spread provide universal coverage, work or play. It offers a great compromise if you want a spread close to the Windsor collar without the need for a more formal tie knot.

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Edge Stitch Straight Collar

Edge Stitch Straight Collar

A blended, cleaner look than top stitching, the stays get to the point. The edge-stitched rather than the traditional quarter inch stitched collars add a touch of refined finesse compared to the traditional straight collar. Its Euro swagger makes anywhere or way you wear it, just perfectly cool.

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Hidden Button Collar

Hidden Buttondown Collar

Similar to the straight collar in look and multi-functional wear, it buttons down on the underside of the collar for a hidden tip control. This type of collar looks great with and without a tie, so it is perfect from day to night. The hidden button down collar is perfect for an office situation in which you need to dress up and look professional, without the traditional suit and tie.

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Extreme Cutaway Collar

Extreme Cutaway Collar

Our widest and most formal, the extreme cutaway spread is a statement maker by design, not for the timid. Noose ends visible, the wide full Windsor knot is best suited for a formal look. As styles change, this shirt is currently more suited for formal events such as weddings and special occasions than for the boardroom.

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Varsity Spread Collar

Varsity Spread Collar

The varsity spread collar throws curved, rounded points on this style to take the formal edge off the spread collar. This option is a nice alternative to the Windsor collar, as its curves make it appear a little more casual and approachable, while opening up your options for formal or casual outfits.

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Band Collar

Band Collar

Technically just a neckband, this point-less collar is meant to be worn without a tie. It's a simple, clean style that is a perfect choice for business casual. The band collar still looks dressy without looking stiff. Band collars give off a modern look, and look great when worn under blazers.

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