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Spread-vs-Point Collars

The Different Types of Shirt Collars

Shirt collars are an occasionally ignored aspect of dress shirts that customers neglect. There are two main types of collars, which each have their own distinct benefits and are found more suitable for certain situations over the other. Let’s take a look at the types of dress shirt collar and what you should be aware of when visiting the tailor.



Purpose

While some men believe the collar’s main purpose is to hide any unsightly mistakes when tying a neck tie, the actual purpose of a shirt collar is to frame the wearer’s face and balance it in proportion to the rest of his body. It is a protrusion, which makes it particularly visible and in fact it is the most visible part of a dress shirt when wearing a jacket simply because of how close it comes into contact with a man’s face. Therefore, the collar plays a very important role in just how formal and dressy a full suit is perceived by others; along with the formality of the dress shirt itself.



Point Collar

Point collars are the most common collar types for dress shirts across North America and Europe. It is a cut that is characterized by collar points that are very close together, which are meant to not only outline the wearer’s face, but also frame the knot of a neck tie. The collar angle rests somewhere around the 60 degree range and this is particularly useful for elongating facial features, which give many wearers a taller and more masculine appearance. Not all men require this benefit though, which can end up making facial features look quite distorted and poorly positioned if the collar rests at too sharp of an angle. Similarly, most manufacturers choose the middle ground when it comes to this sort of collar – very few men actually reap the full rewards or effects of a point collar and the differences can vary widely between dress shirt brands.



Spread Collars

The cutaway collar has a much greater angle, which gives the dress shirt a far more relaxed appearance and this makes it most suitable for casual occasions. It is also more suitable for men who have long shaped faces as it does better at framing these features rather than accentuating them. While they are more casual and unlikely to accompany a tie, it is important that those who do choose to wear a tie with a spread collar do so using a half-windsor knot. The bulky knot will fill the downward turn better than a more casual knot.

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Michael Snell

Loving father and husband