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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

Image: Courtesy Isha Bhansali Instagram
Image: Courtesy Isha Bhansali Instagram

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

Image: Courtesy Vicky Kaushal Instagram
Image: Courtesy Vicky Kaushal Instagram

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.

Button-down collars

Image: Courtesy Brooks Brothers Instagram
Image: Courtesy Brooks Brothers Instagram

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

Image: Courtesy Lacquer Embassy
Image: Courtesy Lacquer Embassy

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.

Narrow collars

Image: Courtesy The Vainglorious Instagram
Image: Courtesy The Vainglorious Instagram

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.

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.