There are different collar types for two reasons, followed by two more: different choices of form and function, and different occasions and those who are attending them.
- Pin Collar: eyelets allow for a pin to connect the collar and accentuate the tie knot. This is a formal look and sure to draw attention
- Round Collar: soft on the eyes, good for a lean Gentleman or one with a sharp temper. As you would expect, it is good compensation for some and unfortunate exaggeration for others. This, as well as a spread collar, are not ideal for a shorter or rounder fellow.
- Buttondown: This is a casual [sport] type of collar that should only be worn in absence of a tie. It was originally marketed as derived from polo riders needing to fight the nature of the wind while on horseback.
- Tab Collar: The tab is quite useful for a fuller, wider tie knot that will be more slightly pushed outward and visible.
- Point Collar: This is the standard middle ground of all dress shirts. It holds more diverse knots for many body types, and should be readily available in one’s closet.
- Hidden: This collar’s buttons, and typically the shirt, are hidden from the viewer. It is a dress form that is appropriate for more sophisticated occasions.
- Spread: The spread collar, like the round, is good for balancing a taller or leaner Gentleman. It is also quite an excellent match for a larger tie knot, like a full Windsor. You will never want to tie a four-in-hand with this collar.
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