Often we tend to consider all the shirts identical, without appreciating the endless possible variations that characterize the male garment par excellence.
A careless eye will see only the differences in color and pattern, one slightly more careful perhaps will notice also the change into the fabric, while a trained eye but must also carefully look at the cuffs and collar.
Today I want to talk about the collar shirt, treating the most common and widespread only.
. Kent collar
The universal and most common business collar. The Kent collar can be recognized for rather long wings. “Italian-style” collar shirt can be worn all the time, especially when the use of the tie is required.
. Cutaway collar
With wider and not overly long wings to wear with a tie. It’s a formal collar brought back in fashion by the Duke of Windsor so that he could widen tie the knot.
. Botton-Down collar
It’s an informal model created by Brooks Brothers at the beginning of the XX century thanks to an inspiration coming from polo players. It is a collar suitable for casual attire, but it can also be worn with a tie. Should be avoided in more formal occasions.
. Club collar
Suitable for every occasions, the Club collar shows rounded wings. It was very popular in the ’20s, it seems to revive a new “youth” recently.
American people love it while in Europe it has never been popular. The pin-collar shows a pin to join the wings in order to support the tie. The tie is a must if you choose this type of collar.
This collar used to be a prerogative for business men. Nowadays is suitable for formal occasions along with tight, tuxedo or tailcoat only.