For the Groom
8th October 2017
5 Classic Collar styles for Men’s Dress Shirts
Can’t tell the difference between a wing tip collar and a straight point? Here’s a simple breakdown.
THE STRAIGHT POINT
The most balanced of collar styles, the straight point is fitting for both casual and formal attire. Cut using straight lines that end in a point, and distinguished by its small spread (the gap between the two collar points), this shirt collar is largely associated with traditional dress shirts, but equally appropriate for the office, a dinner date or wedding. The straight point works well with most jacket lapel styles too.
THE SPREAD OR CUTAWAY COLLAR
This style is known for having a wide spread, meaning that the gap between the two collar points is wider than your average shirt. In fact, this choice of shirt is generally better suited for smart occasions as it is better off paired with a larger knot tie, such as a full Windsor. The spread does vary between shirts though, with various widths and angles, but it’s a smart choice for a wedding and must be worn with a tie.
THE WING-TIP COLLAR
This is the shirt you should wear if you’re opting for a bow tie or cravat on your wedding day. By far the more formal of shirt collars, it is usually worn with a tuxedo or tails, and flaunts two small wings at the front that rest beside the bow tie, rather than flat on the front of the shirt. You’re unlikely to wear this shirt more than a few times a year (unless you’re invited to many black tie events, that is), which is a shame, as it really is a flattering option.
THE BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR
The more casual of collar types, the button down collar is connected directly to the shirt with two small buttons, and can be worn with or without a tie. This kind of shirt would best be suited for a relaxed, beachy summer wedding, especially if you’re keen to avoid a neck tie – paired with light-coloured trousers and a pair of sneakers, you’ve nailed laid-back chic for your wedding day.
THE ROUND COLLAR
Reminiscent of elite English colleges, the round collar is a preppy choice of shirt collar, and quite a rare collar at that. Although it continues to be a classic among male dressers, it is best worn with a small knot tie paired with a chic metal pin, and if you’re a somewhat adventurous dresser you could button it up all the way to the top and wear without a necktie, or leave open and pair with a stylish neckerchief.