Not all shirt collars are created equal. There are four basic types, and in this Quick Tip Tuesday you’re going to learn the difference between them.
There are four main types:
- Narrow Spread/Straight Point Collar
- Semi Spread Collar
- Spread Collar
- Button-Down Collar (the term Button-Down refers to collars that can be buttoned down, not a shirt with buttons on the front of it.)
Narrow Spread/Straight Point Collar
This collar has a narrow spread and doesn’t leave room for a large tie knot. Good for a four-in-hand knot.
Semi Spread Collar
A very versatile collar that goes with anything. It can be formal or casual.
Perfect collar for the windsor knot that you learned. Now you can go close that big deal.
A more casual collar that looks great. Have a few of these to wear on the weekends.
I own almost all semi-spread collars, with a few button downs thrown in there. Semi-spread collars work for anything, really. You can’t go wrong there. Button-Downs are more casual than any of the other collars. Keep this in mind, but also play around with it.
“There’s Nothing Buttoned-Up About a Button-Down” – The Editors of GQ