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One thing that many people forget about shirts is that there are a variety of collars to choose from. Most people only know the classic collar, but there are a lot more styles. Keeping this in mind and consciously choosing your shirt opens up a world of options. In this article, I’ll show you the 5 most common collars and tell you the idea behind them. Finally, I’ll share my favorite and show you what it looks like on me.
5 different collars for shirts
In the image above, you can see the five different collars that I am going to cover in this article. You immediately notice how different they are from each other.
The Kent collar, or English Spread, is the most common. Shirts with a Kent collar are the most commonly sold shirt in both online and physical stores. It is an excellent choice for both casual and business wear. A nice basic collar that always looks smart.
You probably recognize the button down. The collar is almost identical to the classic Kent collar, only it has buttons to tie down the collar points. I have spoken to shirt sellers and from what I understand, sales of this type of shirt have decreased in recent years. As it should be worn without a tie, it is made for leisurewear. I like the collar, but I notice the prints are often a bit old-fashioned. Think classic checks and neutral colors. I think it’s a pity.
The button under, or hidden button, is also a shirt with tie down the collar points. It has hidden button loops under the collar. Because you do not see the buttons, this type of collar looks a bit more businesslike.
The wing is also referred to as the “father killer” collar. You don’t see this type very often. It is mainly for formal occasions, usually in combination with a bow tie. We regularly see this collar in James Bond films.
Finally my favorite: the cutaway or haifisch. You often see this type in fitted shirts. The ends of the collar are slightly further apart, it is designed to be worn with a very large tie knot.
In the photo above you can see how I wear my shirt (brand: Eterna, size 43) with a cutaway/haifisch collar. I like it a lot as it gives a slightly casual appearance. Especially when you wear it with a button open, you see the collar spread out and I like that.
What is your favorite collar?