Even in quarantine, office work doesn’t seem to stop. Looking sharp and presentable for video conferences is imperative. To ace the look, one thing you can do is throw over the right kind of shirt with the right collar styles for men. Here are some of the collar styles that you should know about.
But, before we start here are some of the jargons that you should be aware of.
Collar point – The end tip of the collars
Collar spread – Distance between two collar points
Band height – The width of your collar band
Collar roll – The fold over the collar band
Collar edge – The outer edge/hem of the collar that rubs with the shirt body
Straight or pointed collars
Characterised by a narrower distance between the two collar points, straight or pointed collars are preferred by most of the corporate professionals. It forms a smaller space for a tie knot when buttoned, which is perfect for a formal setting. A shirt with a pointed collar looks perfect when paired with a blazer.
These are the most commonly available collar styles for men and can be further categorised into the spread, widespread, and extreme spread collars depending on the distance of two collar points. Bigger the space between two points, easier it is to accommodate a tie.
Eton or “club” collars
Slightly casual, eton or club collars are defined by their rounded collar points and a wide collar spread. We’d say they can be worn with or without a tie and are perfect for occasions when you have to quickly transition into a casual look after a formal meeting.
Defined by small buttons on both collar points, these were an American introduction among the British collar styles. They gained popularity in the 1800s when for the first time polo players started sporting them to keep their shirt collars in place. You can wear it with or without a tie for a formal setting.
Mandarin or Nehru collars
Simple and clean, this collar style is perfect for a business casual look. These are characterised by a narrow collar band and no collar points or collar rolls. Mandarin collars exude an urbane sense of sophistication when paired with a blazer or a jacket.
As the name suggests, these have a narrow band height that gives your shirt a very streamlined, structured feel. Just in case you are opting for a blazer with smaller lapels, this can be your go-to collar style.