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11 Tyeps of Men’s Shirt Collar Designs For Stylish Look

I am sure that you will agree to two facts.

  1. One of the most prominent features of men’s shirt is its collar.
  2. Ironically, it is also the most ignored aspect about men’s shirt.

When we surveyed people, we came to know that the main reason behind this is shoppers are generally unaware that men’s shirt come with different types of collars and the different looks these collars can create.

Men's Shirt collar types

11 Types of Collar Designs for Men’s Shirt

  1. Spread Collar
  2. Abbreviated Spread Collar
  3. Straight Point/Standard collar
  4. Button-Down Collar
  5. Club Collar/Golf Collar
  6. Cutaway Collar
  7. Tab Collar
  8. Pin Collar
  9. Wingtip Collar
  10. Band/Mandarin Collar
  11. The Cuban collar

1. Spread Collar

Spread Collar, shirt collar types for men

Spread collar is basic collar type in shirt. With its crisp pointed ends, and the nice spread between the collar points, the spread collar gives great formal looks. Because the collar tips are spaced wide apart, this collar gives you the freedom to wear any type of knot in your necktie, or, if you prefer, you can even not wear a tie. This makes the spread collar the most fuss-free and free type of collar.

Tie Required: Optional
Best Suited Tieknot:
Trinity Knot, Half Windsor Knot, Cafe Knot, Nicky Knot, Bow Tie Knot, Kelvin Knot, Pratt Knot, St.Andrew Knot, Plattsburgh Knot, Eldredge Tie Knot
Avoid: Tight four in hand knot, Skinny Tie
Occasion: Formal, Casual and Party
Best Face Shape: Slim Face, Oval Face, Wide Spread Face

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2. Abbreviated Spread Collar

Abbreviated Spread Collar

Some people call the abbreviated spread collar as the smarter, sportier and smaller variant of the normal spread type of collar. This is a very versatile type of collar. It can be worn with or without a necktie. It looks best without a tie, with the top button left open, together with a sweater or a casual coat. Wide spread collar shirts are difficult to find online rather we suggest you to tailor it.

Tie Required: Yes
Best Suited Tieknot: Hanover Knot, Double Windsor Knot, Christensen Knot, Balthus Knot, Grantchester Knot
Occasion: Sports & casual outing
Best Face Shape: Oval, Diamond, Triangular, Rectangular, Oblong

3. Straight Point/Standard collar

Straight Point collar

The straight point collar is similar to the spread collar except that the spread between the collar leaves is smaller that makes these collars give a more elegant and polished looks. If you prefer slimmer neckties with smaller knot, then this is the perfect type of collar for you.

Tie Required:  Optional
Best Suited Tieknot: Four-in-hand knot, Half Windsor Knot, Oriental Knot, Victoria Knot
Avoid: Larger Tie Knot, Thin Face Shape
Occasion: Formal, Casual and Party
Best Face Shape: Round, Oval, Round, Square & Wider Face

4. Button-Down Collar

Button-Down Collar

Simply put, the button-down collar has buttons to fasten the tips of collars to the shirt. The benefit is that the collar points always remain at the right place and in the right shape giving you perfect looks all the time. The buttons also add a dash of casual looks, which makes this collar little less formal as compared to the spread collar or the straight point collar. Therefore, this is perfect for those people who prefer little casual dressing while wanting to balance it with the formal looks.

Tie Required: Optional
Avoid: Four-in-hand Knot, Bow-ties Knot, Oriental Knot, Victoria Knot
Occasion: Sporty & Casual
Best Face Shape: Any Face Shape
Matching Tie: Thin ties

5. Club Collar/Golf Collar

Club Collar, different typeds of men's shirt collars

The club collar has an interesting history. It was started by an English boarding school as part of school uniform to help their students look different and unique. The rounded points of this collar definitely live up this expectation till date. It is perfect for those who want to subtly stand apart from the crowd and make their own unique style statement.

Tie Required: Optional
Best Suited Tieknot: Four-in-hand, Half-Windsor, Bow Tie, Oriental Knot, Victoria Knot
Avoid: Dress Shirt
Occasion: Casual & Partywear
Best Face Shape: Oval Shape, Wide Spread Face

6. Cutaway Collar

Cutaway Collar

The cutaway collar is one of the boldest types of collar. The specialty of this type of collar is that its crisp sharp pointed collar points are spaced very wide apart, that makes the collar literally looks horizontal. It is perfect for those people who want to look bold, original, and stylish. But, please be aware that this collar looks awful without a necktie. But, the spread gives you freedom to experiment different knots.

3 Types of Cutaway Collar

cutaway collar style in shirt

1. Semi Cutaway Collar

Tie Required: Optinal
Best Tie Knot: Four in Hand Knot, Oriental Knot, Victoria Knot
Occasion: Formal and Casual
Best face shape: Oval Shape, Round Shape

2. Cutaway Collar

Tie Required: Yes
Best Suited Tie knot: Half Windsor Knot, Bow Tie Knot, Cafe Knot, Nicky Knot, Kelvin Knot, Pratt Knot, St.Andrew Knot, Plattsburgh Knot, Eldredge Tie Knot, Trinity Knot
Occasion: Formal, Casual and Party
Best Face Shape: Oval

3. Extreme Cutaway Collar

Tie Required: Yes
Best Suited Tie knot: Full Windsor Knot, Bow Tie, Hanover Knot, Balthus Knot, Grantchester Knot, Christensen Knot
Occasion: Casual and Party
Best Face Shape: Oval, Diamond, Triangular, Rectangular, Oblong

7. Tab Collar

james bond in tab collar dress shirts

The tab collar has a button, or a tab, at the center to bring the collar leaves together that gives this collar a classy and vintage look and feel. This collar should be worn only with a necktie because the tie will hide the tab. Also, the tab will prop up the knot of your necktie, adding to the modern vintage classy looks.

Tie Required: Yes (Always)
Best Suited Tie knot: Four in Hand Knot, Oriental Knot, Victoria Knot
Occasion: Formal to Sporty
Best Face Shape: Round Shape, Square Shape, Oval Shape

8. Pin Collar

dress shirt with collar pin holes

The pin collar is similar to the tab collar except that it is bolder. It has two tiny holes in the collar leaves for using your favorite ornamental collar pin. Put on a bold tie and you are sure to get the attention that you deserve. Just like the tab collar, the never wear a pin collar without a necktie.

Tie Required: Yes (Always)
Best Suited Tieknot: Four in Hand Knot, Oriental Knot, Victoria Knot, Cafe Knot
Occasion: Formal and Party
Best for: Oval shape, Round shape, High Neck

9. Wingtip Collar

Wingtip Collar men's shirt collar patterns face shape and tie knot

The wingtip collar is the most formal type of collar. It gets its name from the folded out collar points that look like tips of a pair of wings. This collar is designed specifically to be worn with a Tuxedo and a bowtie.

Tie Required – Yes
Best TieKnot: Bow Tie
Occasion: Party, Wedding
Best Face Shape: Oval Face, Narrow Face, Round Shape

10. Band/Mandarin Collar

band collar pattern shirts for men

The band type of collar is the most casual type of collar. The unique aspect of the band collar is that it does not have collar leaves. This is just the thing for those people who want the casual, airy looks, or those who think that less can be more, or for those who are unafraid to experiment. If you are wearing a tuxedo then pair your band collar shirt with bowtie.

Tie Required – No
Occasion: Casual and Party
Best Face Shape: Oval

11. The Cuban collar

mens cuban collar shirt

The Cuban collar is again one of the casual types of collar. Its signature of this collar is a notch-like design. It is wide and open that gives this collar a relaxed and vacation type of look and feel. This collar is perfect for people who prefer casual clothing or for occasion such as vacations. Just leave the top button open for more laid-back and sporty looks.

Tie Required: No
Occasion: Casual and Beachwear
Best Face Shape: Oval, Oblong, Diamond

Tips to choose perfect Tie for your shirt collar

  1. Tie is compulsory for wider shirt spread. For lower wider spread you can wear without tie.
  2. For high neck shape choose high collar band and lower high neck choose low collar band to keep balance.
  3. Choose tie knot according to the length of collar spread i.e. for smaller collar spread choose small size, medium collar spread choose medium tie knot and for high collar spread choose large tie knot.

Small Size Tie Knots: Four in Hand Knot, Oriental Knot, Victoria Knot

Medium Size Tie Knots: Half Windsor Knot, Cafe Knot, Nicky Knot, Bow Tie Knot, Kelvin Knot, Pratt Knot, St.Andrew Knot, Plattsburgh Knot, Eldredge Tie Knot, Trinity Knot

Large Size Tie Knots: Full Windsor Knot, Hanover Knot, Balthus Knot, Grantchester Knot, Christensen Knot

Infographics: Choose Perfect Tie according to your Collar Type

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You can even follow this simple cheat sheet to know best suited tie styles for different shirt collars.

These were the top 11 collar designs trending this season. Which is your pick? Or, better would is not be better to share this article with your loved ones, and ask them to buy your favorite collar shirt?

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Hiren

Hiren is a senior editor at LooksGud. He is fashion observer and devotee who is always curious to know what’s trending in the field. He loves trekking, playing cricket and fantasy movies. He loves to write about practical, budget friendly fashion and simple hacks…. want to join the fun?

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