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How To Choose A Collar Style For Your Dress Shirt

Buying a fancy or casual button-down shirt is the feeling of a lifetime for a man, especially if it’s fitted nicely to his physical proportions. Wearing a button-down that fits you is something every man feels is special.

It just is.

However, there tends to be one common flaw that many men fall trap too when starting out in the custom, made-to-measure shirt realm. Be it for the casual family gatherings or Friday night hang out with friends, most men have a hard time understanding the ways of the collar.

There is no denying that in every style of dress shirt the right collar is what could make it the most appealing amongst the simple color schemes and design of most men's attire. This article is here to make sure you don’t fall into a sense of improper fashion, and to understand the ways of the collar and how it fits into your dress shirt. 

 The Suit Test 

Normally when a person thinks of dress shirts, they automatically assume that a suit needs to be worn alongside it. Although for most dress shirts, such as the common one color hue styles that contain the iconic spread collars, which helps to snuggle the tie when worn, not all can truly be used to fit into a suit jacket to suit as a whole.

With that mindset in mind when looking for the right collar when having it made-to-measure, be sure to keep in mind for the purpose of the dress shirt. Is it going to be used for business or casual wear? Having that thought be played out in your head would then make you want to think about the suit itself and how it would look, and down the spiraling thoughts and doubts, you go.

Yet fear not! For we have a few good recommended styles to ensure once you decide to head to your tailor, you know exactly what would be the best kind of collar for that dress shirt.

 Formal Spread Collars

When a collar is mentioned as a spread collar, it usually means that the edges are meant to widen a little and as the name suggests itself, spread apart to create a “stretched” feeling to your neck when wearing a tie around it.

Most of the time, these spread collars are designed for suits, and although some use them for casual wear, it’s more recommendable to have the lovely tie be worn around it, as it creates a sense of formal quality as well as a professional, almost business, style of fashion.

Depending on the height and proportions of the body as well, there are at least three types of spread collars that can be used to perfect that look when wearing a dress shirt. The first one is the straight point spread, or the most commonly used spread collar as the edges or pointed downwards in a more vertical manner than horizontal. The more horizontal and widen styles of spread collars are known as semi-spread and cutaways, and these are inclined to be used depending on the structure of the person’s face. 

With these in mind, spread collars are for the formal sense of fashion, as they make sure to have the tie be worn neatly around the neck area as it should and to provide that feeling of professionalism.

Button-down for Casuals

To put it simply, although button down can help to keep the tie in place as they are a lock system in that manner, button-downs are not to be used for the sense of formality, but rather for a casual session with friends and family. Button downs are used for the dress shirt that you know would make the cut in a suit, but with a simple jean or pant with pairs of casual shoes to boot. 

The main purpose of a button-down collar is to keep the collar from flapping about when wearing it for casual wear as well as providing a youthful appearance. They are kept there in a nice and neat fashion that doesn’t require buttoning the last one or two buttons and have a sense of informality than a formality, which again the spread collars are meant to establish.

Choose Right

Whether you’re ordering your shirts online with the measurements already provided or heading to your tailor to get the measurements, choosing the right collar means everything in the dress shirt. It is what determines for what purpose it will be worn, and how it will be worn.