It’s something most men rarely think about. Guys have a tendency to think a collar is a collar is a collar. But what if I were to tell you that your collar type could have an impact on how fat your cheeks look or skeletal your jaw appeared?
Choosing the right collar starts with knowing the various types available. Here are a few of the more common styles you’ll encounter in stores, and what defines them …
Regular – this is probably the collar you’re most familiar with; whether it’s the office or a hot date, you can’t go too far wrong with the regular style. Accommodates a wide range of neckwear, and aligns perfectly with the lapels of most suits.
Spread – named after its broad appearance, the spread provides ample room for large necktie knots such as the Windsor. Designed more for formalwear, this isn’t your everyday dress shirt staple.
Button down – for a more casual look, the button-down takes the formal edge off the collar. Useful when creating a ‘preppy’ look or forming that illusive ‘smart/casual’ façade.
Long – answers the question, “can you really create a dramatic look with just a collar alone?” Please try to avoid skinny ties if you decide to take on a long collar – frankly, a knot that small can never look anything other than ridiculous.
What Collar Type is Right For Me?
If you have slim, angular features, a spread collar will pull your face out horizontally, giving it a fuller, more voluptuous look. By contrast, those with round, plump faces should stick to a straight or buttoned-down shirt to pull the face down vertically.
Remember that your collar shouldn’t choke you when it’s buttoned up. When measuring your neck, leave a ‘two finger’ gap; this’ll ensure you’ve got plenty of breathing room when your tie is done up firmly around your throat.