Today we are going to show you the different types of shirt collars to know how to dress always perfectly according to the occasion. We are going to introduce you the six most important collars and the models we like the most.
1. Cutaway collar
Let’s start with this collar that is booming in southern Europe and Latin America. It can be described as short collar with split ends. This model favors who wears it thanks to a small detail: it includes a small curvature in the cut of the blades.
It goes well with informal looks, without the tie or with a foulard. For a more formal looks, the tie is great. If you choose the tie, we suggest a Windsor knot to fill more comfortable, unlike a simple or Italian knot.
2. One Piece collar
This is the classic collar of the early twentieth century popularized later in the 40s and 50s by the actor Gary Cooper. For this reason, sometimes this model has been called “Cooper Collar”. This shirt collar was worn by the soldiers of the Spanish legion, that’s why it’s also called “Legionary Collar”.
This collar is the result of a unique cut in a single piece of fabric that extends across the front and bends like a placket. Due to its particularity, we will almost find this collar in custom shirts.
This informal model is designed to be used without the tie and during warm periods.
3. Button Down Collar
The Americans most appreciated collar. This shirt collar with buttons on the ends, was popularized in Europe from Italy thanks to Gianni Agnelli.
The creator of this shirt collar was John Brooks (Brooks Brothers) who traveled to England to watch a Polo match. During this occasion, he noticed that the shirts/t-shirts of the riders had buttons to keep the blades of the necks stuck to the chest. For this, he called it “Button-Down Polo”.
This collar is ideal for warm temperatures and is designed to be used without a tie, as it is an informal shirt collar.
4. Club Collar
The origins of this particular collar belong to England, specifically to the Eton College. Also known as “Round Point” or “Rounded Collar”, it was associated with the British aristocratic class. This model appears also in the famous series Peaky Blinders.
Today the use of this shirt collar is somewhat less frequent. We can wear this type of “open collar” in summer or with an Italian knot or a tie during the winter.
5. Pin Collar
It became popular in the 30s in the United States and in one of the great moments for men’s fashion. This collar is more high so it leaves more space to the tie, that comes in a more voluminous way.
Two relevant characters such as Gary Cooper and Fred Astaire are associated with this type of shirt collar. This model is more indicated for cold and cool temperatures, since it is used exclusively with a tie.
6. Tab Collar
It is said that this collar was used by King Edward VIII of England on a trip to the United States. The Americans soon adopted this models as yours. It consists basically in the typical English collar with a loop between both ends that allows to hold them.
The effect that this neck achieves, is very similar to the one that gives us the “Pin Collar”. This model can be worn exclusively with a tie and is recommended in cold and cool times.
Now that you know all the models, you can choose the one that fits you best and combine them with your best sweaters. Remember: the best way to accompany a good shirt is with some good handmade shoes, like those of Cambrillón.
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