A Guide to Collar Shirts and How to Wear Them
With party season almost upon us, many men will be dusting off their shirts ready to make a formal impression at their office parties, Christmas lunches and other festive functions.
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When it comes to collar shirts, you might think that you’re clued up on the basics. But the humble collar has a rich and varied history. Subtle changes in style, size, shape and position of the collar can alter the whole look of an outfit. And with a report in The Telegraph suggesting that the average man only wears 13% of the clothes that he owns, maybe this winter could be the time to branch out and experiment with new styles.
But what different types of shirt collar are there and how should you be wearing them?
The band collars
Similar to a ‘grandad shirt’, the band collar is distinguishable by its total lack of collar – more just a band of fabric around the neck of the shirt. Needless to say, this makes for a less formal look – somewhere in the middle ground between t-shirt and collar shirt. It’s a relaxed style that is often found in an oversized fit, ideal for travelling or holidays. Check Farah shirts for their range.
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The forward point collars
Perhaps one of the most commonplace collars, the forward point is a traditional garment that is distinguishable by its straight, narrow collar points which are often visible under a jacket’s lapels. It is a standard shaped shirt that’s versatile and can be worn in and out of the workplace.
The button-down collar
The trademark of the button-down collar is, unsurprisingly, the buttons that keep the collar edges from flapping about. It was created by sportsmen who didn’t want their collars blowing up in their faces during play. These days, it is a slightly less formal alternative to a standard collar, with an ‘all-American’ preppy vibe. Perfect for a more relaxed look in the office – or for the days you don’t want to wear a tie. Farah shirts include an excellent range of button downs.
The cutaway collars
This is a striking look that originates from the 1930s, where the collar is designed to ‘cut away’ from the face outwards, rather than downwards. It’s a versatile look that can be styled up or down.