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Types of Collars

The Band Collar
The Band Collar

First, there’s the standard band collar that is probably the most common these days. This variety is the simplest, with the shirt merely ending where a standard shirt collar would begin. This look is likely derived from classic workwear back in the days when shirts had removable collars.

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The Button-Down Collar
The Button-Down Collar

The men’s button down collar deserves a place in every man’s closet. Match it with a pair of loafers and chinos, and you have a classy casual look. Whether for business or pleasure, every man needs to understand how and when to wear the button down collar.

The Club Collar
The Club Collar

The collar started as a separate white collar that attached to the shirt, and early on the collar was a mark of membership to an exclusive male club—hence "club" collar. This is certainly a more dapper look.

The Cutaway Collar
The Cutaway Collar

Cutaway Collar vs Spread Collar For a bolder look, one might want to consider a cutaway collar in addition to the more popular spread collar. On the cutaway, the collar points will finish even farther apart (6 3/8″ to be exact, on the President Cutaway pictured above) than the spread collar.

The Forward Point Collar
The Forward Point Collar

Breaking down the spread collar vs point collar. A primer on each and which will work best for you.

The Pin Collar
The Pin Collar

A collar pin (closely related to the collar bar and collar clip) is a piece of men's jewelry, which holds the two ends of a dress shirt collar together and passes underneath the knot of a necktie. Functioning in a similar way as a tabbed collar, it keeps the collar in place and lifts the knot to provide a more aesthetically pleasing arc to the necktie.

The Spread Collar
The Spread Collar

Spread Collar vs Point Collar The spread collar and point collar are two of the most popular collar styles–the former being a little more modern, while the latter leans more classic. While the collar points on these two are exactly the same in length, the the points end up 5” away from one another on the spread whereas they finish much closer, 3″ apart, on the point.

The Tab Collar
The Tab Collar

A bar collar functions to the same end as a tab collar, but uses a tool called a collar bar to push the knot. Bar collars have sewn-in eyelets on the collar points. A quality collar bar has a cap that screws onto one end.

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