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Types of Shirt Collars

Here’s everything you need to know about the different types of shirt collars.

What Is A Shirt Colar?

A collar is the part of a dress/suit that closes around your neck. Shirts, coats, and blouses all tend to have a collar. There are different collar styles but only three types of collars (stand collar, the flat collar, and the roll collar). Each of the below styles of shirt collars fit into one of the three categories. A collar can either be attached to the clothes’ main body, or it can be detachable.

  • The roll collar: The roll collar is a stand collar that folds over. This is the type of collar on most business shirts.
  • The flat collar: These types of collars lie flat against the main fabric of the shirt. For example, the peter pan collar.
  • The stand collar: These types of shirt collars fit around the neckline and are upright. 

Shirt Collars Chart

Types of Shirt Collars Chart
Types of Shirt Collars Chart

Parts Of A Shirt Collar

The main parts of a shirt collar.
  • The band is the strip of fabric that makes the collar stand up.
  • Collar stiffeners: a smooth strip of material, rounded at one end and pointed at the other, inserted into pockets on the underside of a shirt collar to stabilize the collar’s points.
  • Points are the corners of a collar, they can be buttoned down or free hanging.
  • Spread is the distance between the points of a shirt collar.

What Are The Different Types of Shirt Collars?

These are the main styles of shirt collars:

Point Collar

Point collars are most common in North American business settings. These types of collars have pointy tips. The spread between the points is minimal and does not expose your tie either side. The lapels on jackets do not cover points on these collars.

Spear Collar

Spear collars have much longer points than point collars. It’s a vintage type of shirt collar that has made a comeback in recent times.

Tab Collar

Tab collars have the same spread range as point collar but provide a more classical look. Underneath each collar leaf is a tab to which you can fasten to a button. Doing so pulls the collar tips closer together and lifts the knot of your tie. These types of collars are best worn with a necktie.

Club Collar

Another type of shirt collar with a narrow spread and vintage look is the club collar. The collar has roots at the Eton College, where it was first stylized. The defining characteristic of the club collar is the rounding off of the collar points.

Pin Collar

A pin collar is any of the various collar types with a smaller distance between the leaves or points that can use collar pins, clips, or bars.

Square Collar

Square collared shirts have small collars with little spread. The points of this collar are square-like and were once worn as detachable collars some time ago. This collar style is quite rare these days.

Button-Down Collar

The button-down collar is a modification of the point-collar. It’s a popular type of shirt collar in the United Kingdom and parts of the USA. This collar type is versatile enough to dress down or dress up.

Spread Collar

The spread collar has a “wide spread” and is quite popular in England and Europe. Spread collars are perfect for wearing thicker ties or wider tie knots like the Windsor.

Cutaway Collar

The cutaway collar is a type of spread collar defined by the wide distance between points. The points usually form an obtuse angle. But, the angle of the collar can also be 180 degrees. In other words, the front of the collar forms a near straight horizontal line.

Band Collar

A band collar is a collar with no collar leaves or tips. It’s a flat round piece of garment that seamlessly wraps around the neck.

Wing Collar

The wing collar is a type of shirt collar that you wear to formal events. These collars have very small points, and the tips point up and open like the wings of a bird.

Peter Pan Collar

Peter Pan collar is a style of clothing collar, flat in design with rounded corners. It is named after the collar of Maude Adams’s costume in her 1905 role as Peter Pan.

Mandarin Collar

mandarin collar, standing collar, band collar, or choker collar is a short unfolded stand-up collar style on a shirt or jacket. 

6 Tips For Choosing The Right Collar For Your Face And Neckline

  1. If you have a narrow, long face, choose round neck openings and collars. Avoid long or pointed collars or neck openings.
  2. If you have a round face, choose a round collar or neckline that is not too broad. This style emphasizes the roundness of your face.
  3. If you want to make your face look fuller, a medium-width rolling-around collar that fastens around the neck is best.
  4. When brought close to the face, squares or V necks are a no, no if you have angular features. Instead, go for moderate curves and scarfs.
  5. Deep points, surplice openings, or long necklaces add to the length of the line and are good for short necks.
  6. The collar you choose should match the dress in texture, color, and design.


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