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.
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.
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.
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.
There is very little that a good best man and his fellow groomsmen won’t do to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch. They’re ready, willing, and able to facilitate your needs when wedding day jitters start to kick in. Whether that’s by lending a sympathetic ear, a shot glass, or some combination thereof. Reward their efforts with a gift they’ll be able to use a long time after you say, “I do”. A couple of made-to-measure men’s dress shirts made specifically for each one of your groomsmen.
Customizing Your Groomsmen To Look Their Best
Every strong friendship has a story to tell. You might not have met your best bud in a Step-Brother style situation, but your love for one another has lasted long enough for them to help you walk down the aisle. With that love and familiarity, you know exactly what they like and what they dislike. A made-to-measure men’s dress shirt gives you the opportunity to use that knowledge in a way your friends can really appreciate.
"Add their favorite color to the inside of the collar or monogram the cuff with a childhood nickname."
If you’re feeling particularly cheeky you could decorate the entire thing with their least favorite pattern just for a few laughs.
The Measure Of A Man Summed Up In One Shirt
Once your guys agreed to help you walk down the aisle they agreed to help you bring your wedding day vision to fruition. This is probably why they’re wearing hot pink vests. The least you could do is use their measurements to order a couple of custom fit men’s dress shirts they will actually like wearing. Not only can you customize each one to say something specific about the groomsman, but you can also make sure it’s the best fitting dress shirt in their closet. Just because it’s your wedding day doesn’t mean they can’t have a life-changing experience too.
Unique Styles Make For Unique Gifts
Some may think ordering shirts online doesn’t qualify as a unique gift idea, but the key lies with the retailer you choose. Any old custom shirt won’t do. You want high-quality fabrics, attention to detail, and precise construction. At Original Stitch, we offer over 400 colors and prints for you to choose from. Couple that with the veritable cornucopia of patterns, button options, collar styles, and monogram stitches and the meaning of unique becomes apparent: no two Original Stich shirts are exactly alike.
At the end of the day, you’re just searching for the right way to tell your pals thank you. Do so with a made to order men’s dress shirt that speaks volumes and looks good doing it.
The most significant drawback of men’s fashion is the expectation. A collared shirt, dress slacks, and a jacket — there is very little room to deviate from this standard when it comes to men’s attire. Standing out in a sea of button-down shirts can be incredibly challenging, especially when you’re buying from the same department stores and mass-market websites as everyone else.
The key to looking more dapper than the blokes around you is the details.
A custom pocket.
A unique button.
And of course, a stylish collar.
The tried-and-true go-to collar in American fashion is the forward point collar, or as we refer to it, the regular collar. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a solid forward point. It gets the job done while conveying a style that is clean and classic. It’s the perfect choice for a traditionalist.
But if you’re looking for something a little bolder, something that will catch the eye, here are five collar styles you should consider.
The cutaway collar is a strong choice that shows a clear interest in men’s fashion while giving off an air of rakish masculinity. It is much less common than regular and button-down collars, so it will certainly stand out in a crowd. This collar can work well with both patterned and solid fabrics, and it can be dressed up or dressed down. It looks best buttoned to the top with a wide, double Windsor-knotted tie.
Also sometimes referred to as a band collar, a Mandarin collar, or a Nehru collar, this style is distinguished by a lack of collar. Instead, a simple band of fabric stands up around the neck, creating a sharp, casual look that works well for evenings out and daytime events like weddings and weekend lunches. Stand collar shirts show that the man is a forward thinker who cares about sophistication but not necessarily about excessive formality. Trying to dress this collar up too much is ill-advised, but it’s the perfect choice for a summer date or a casual work environment.
The actual collar with this style is a widespread, which is a clear step forward from the standard forward point collar but less dramatic than the cut away. But the real star of this style is the two buttons stacked vertically at the throat. This collar can be worn either with or without a tie, buttoned all the way to the top or left open. The buttons you choose will distinguish this style and show a close attention to clean, unique details.
This is another collar where the buttons stand out. A great choice for casual occasions or to show off a more relaxed but still professional style in the business world, the rounded corners of this collar show a desire to break with convention and do things a bit differently.
The epitome of sharp, powerful style, perhaps no collar is more commanding than the pinhole. A dressier version of the well-known tab collar, pinhole collar shirts use a bar to connect the two collar points. This style of collar is almost always worn with a tie, and we recommend choosing one that is bold and dapper enough to deserve the place of honor it will hold over the bar. This style should be reserved for important meetings and big occasions — this collar doesn’t mess around.
These are just a sampling of the dozen collar styles offered at Original Stitch. Our hand-made, custom dress shirts ship in just fifteen days, and you can customize every aspect of your shirt from the inner collar fabric to the button color. With over a billion possible combinations, the shirt you design for yourself will be a perfect statement of your personal, original style.
Start designing your next favorite shirt now.
Travel is inevitable. Arriving at your destination with a bag full of wrinkled dress shirts is not. The savvy packer knows that space is everything, so make use of every inch with a method of folding made to capitalize. Men’s dress shirts are the biggest culprits of this. They’re either folded too broadly or rolled up to save space. Either way, they’re wrinkled in the process. Cut down on unwanted creases by following this easy, how to fold a dress shirt for travel guide.
Start by laying your dress shirt out button side up. Button the shirt from top to bottom and then flip it over. Spread the shirt flat with the arms at about a 45-degree angle.
Take one sleeve and fold it over in a slight diagonal. If you start with the left sleeve, then its cuff should end up just below the right armpit. Take that same sleeve and fold it up at roughly the elbow. The cuff should now sit flush with the top of the collar.
Repeat the same steps with the opposite sleeve, although this time you want the current sleeve to sit on top of the previous one.
Now, carefully fold the shirt into thirds. Start by grabbing one side and folding the entire thing over the folded arm. Do the same for the opposite side, letting this new fold rest on top of the old. You should have an overlap that creates a straight log shape that is as wide as the collar itself.
As folding men’s dress shirts go, you’re in the home stretch now.
Just fold the bottom half of the shirt about a third of the way up. Do a second fold in the same way, stopping just under the base of the collar. Flip the whole thing over and voila. That’s how you fold a dress shirt for travel.
Use this method as a means of storing your shirts when hanging them isn’t an option. It’s the same basic technique that many department stores use to minimize wrinkles on their men’s dress shirts displays. Granted they weren’t planning on teaching us how to fold a dress shirt for travel, but the process works. If for any reason you find yourself in a packing pinch and need to iron out the error of your ways, check out our handy guide to ironing your dress shirts here. (link to How to Iron a Dress Shirt goes here.)