Men Styles: What Collar suits Your Neckline?

This is a great starting point for every well-dressed gentleman to know and be familiar with, It’ll do you some good. Gone are the days when the medium-spread collar ruled the shirt world, now there are plethora of other collars out there, like the Freemont and the Cambridge collars. You can stick with the medium-spread, but you should consider mixing it up a bit. Your collar is a show of a power shift these days.

The Ainsley or Medium-Spread
The workhorse of the group, this collar is seen in most business settings. It provides a great showcase for neckwear and, if you choose to forego the tie, adds a hint of professionalism to a casual occasion.

The Ainsley or Medium-Spread The workhorse of the group, this collar is seen in most business settings. It provides a great showcase for neckwear and, if you choose to forego the tie, adds a hint of professionalism to a casual occasion.

The Ainsley Spread

The Button-Down
The classic, versatile look made famous by Brooks Brothers. It revolutionized men’s fashion by attaching the collar directly to the shirt. Can be worn with a tie, although wearing it without one comes closer to its more casual roots.

Button Down

Button Down

The Clifford
If you’re familiar with the button-down collar, then you’ll recognize its shorter cousin, the Clifford. It’s a look that originated in the fifties, updated slightly for today. If you want to wear a tie with it, be sure it’s of the skinnier variety.

Clifford

Clifford

The Club or Golf Collar
You can recognize this collar immediately by its rounded points. Its name originated because it was worn at Eton and other men wanted to be seen as being part of this exclusive club. Wear it and join the well-dressed club.

Club

Club

The Contrasting Collar
Also referred to as a Banker’s collar, the Contrasting collar is an ultra-professional look, although it’s been spotted recently on more casual shirts.
Contrast

The English Spread
The collar the Windsor knot was made for. Its wide spread frames the bulky knot perfectly. A traditional English look.

English Spread

English Spread

The Forward Point or Straight collar
A classic collar in the business world, the Forward Point can be worn with any style suit or sport coat and is typically worn with a four-in-hand knot, due to its width. Don’t confuse this type of collar with the wider Ainsley, the look is less than optimal for men with big necks.

Forward Point

Forward Point

The Hamilton
Another version of the spread collar, this one’s a bit more narrow with little room for a tie and often found on more casual shirts, where you’d likely skip the tie.

Hamilton

Hamilton

The Londoner
If you’re looking to make an elegant cosmopolitan statement, go with the Londoner. It has a very wide spread and as you might expect, originated in the dressy enclaves of the UK.

Londoner

Londoner

The Tab
This is a good collar for those who want to show off their tie knot. The tab pulls the collar flat around the neck, allowing your tie to really pop.

Tab

Tab

The Tennis
This is a beefier version of the Forward Point collar. Its somewhat traditional look is at home in more formal settings and should be paired with a classically styled lapel. Back in the 1920s, this was one of the workhorses in every gentleman’s closet. Named for when collars were designated by sport.

Tennis

Tennis

Article Source: Rogues and Gentleman by the Brooks Brothers

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