The different collars on mens shirts cause confusion for many of us. Traditionally, shirts were strictly worn under a suit, but these days we see shirts for any look and every occasion. On jeans, under a pullover or even with bermudas; the shirt is always a good idea. With the right collar, that is. Because different occasions ask for different collars. The wide-spread, classic collar and the button-down...
The ever-remaining question is: when to wear which collar?
Gentlemen, let us explain for once and for all:
The most populair collar in the list. A wide-spread is a modern collar with cut-away points, revealing more of the shirt and leaving more room for a larger tie knot. An excellent option under a suit, but also with chinos for a dressed look.
The second-most populair collar is the classic collar. Cut with the points close together for a small spread between the collar points, this versatile collar is worn with a more narrow tie – when worn with a suit. And when not worn with a suit, the classic collar basically works for any look.
Originally invented for the American polo-sport – the buttons helped keep the collar in place – but these days the button-down is worn preppy-casual. And with smart-casual we mean this collar is never to wear under a suit. Ever. Just stick with the chinos-and-pullover combo and you’ll be fine!