Choosing the right collar
Posted on: 6th May, 2016
We all know how important it is to wear the right collar size and choose an appropriately fitted shirt; but what about the finer details, such as the shape and style of your collar? From the popular forward point to the trendy button down – we take a look at all the best collar styles and share our top tips.
Every little detail counts
Perhaps a shirt’s collar is an important feature of your shirt-buying process, or maybe you never bother to give it a second-look. Whatever you think about finer details like the collar, here are some features to look out for:
- Collar points – the tips of the collar
- Collar point lengths
- Collar band
- Collar height
- The middle space – where your tie sits
- The spread – distance between the tips of your collar
Together, these features can create completely different looks – resulting in collars that are more formal, trendy, or relaxed.
Popular collar styles: Which one is for you?
The forward point: Best for everyday wear
The forward point collar is the most popular style you’ll find. It features sharper end points and has a close width between the end points too – meaning the top point of your tie is easily hidden. Traditional and suitable for the majority of occasions, work or play, it’s the go-to for most men.
Suited to: Most face shapes
Not ideal for: Narrow face shapes
The button down: Best for the smart/casual look
The button down collar is a little bit trendier than the forward point. With each side of the collar fastened to your shirt with a button, you needn’t worry about your collar being out of place. Unlike the forward point, which looks best paired with a tie, the button-down collar can be worn with or without. Whether you’re heading to a business meeting or going out for a slap-up meal, this style of collar is perfect.
Suited to: All face types
The wing collar: Best for a tuxedo
If you’re heading to a special event or gala ball, the wing collar is exactly what you’ll need. Designed specifically for formal occasions, the collar features tips that sit flat – resembling wings. Team with a bow tie and tuxedo for the ultimate formal look.
Suited to: All face shapes
The club: Best for the stylish look
While the club collar has only a few subtle differences in its style, it offers a completely different look. Featuring a rounded collar, this style of shirt collar has become extremely popular with the in-crowd and elite. The overall look is reminiscent of your favourite Fred Perry or Ralph Lauren polo shirt and promised a look that’s trendy, smart, and a little bit posh!
Suited to: Narrow face shapes
Not ideal for: Round face shapes
Once you’ve decided on your preferred style, why not choose the perfect shirt fabric to match? We have over 500 shirting materials to choose from in a variety of colours. If you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for, have a read of our advice articles on the blog or give us a call on 01282 698662.
What style of collar do you usually choose? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @AcornFabrics