These are the only 6 types of shirt collars guys should wear

Men’s shirt collars have undergone a revolution. The demands of the modern man at the office as well as after hours has necessitated this change.

Collars nowadays are typically narrower, shorter, and have a wider spread to allow for the slimmer fits and lapels that are so in style these days. It also lets the tie come off after work, which is pretty important in these less formal times.

When it comes to informal business attire, though, there are generally only six types of collars to consider. While the spread collar dominates the space, the more traditional forward point is not too far behind.

1. Spread

Can it be worn without a tie? YES

One of the most common collars today is the spread collar, which comes in a variety of angles and points. “Spread” refers to the distance between the collar points.

2. Forward Point

Can it be worn without a tie? NO

The most traditional choice, the forward point collar has fallen out of favour with some for its inability to be worn without a tie. (The flaps will become unruly.) A smaller opening between collar flaps allows for more tie knot variety.

3. Tab

Can it be worn without a tie? NO

A rare style now, the tab collar’s popularity has waxed and waned over the last century. Designer Tom Ford has attempted to bring back the style with James Bond, who he dressed for the latest 007 flick, “Skyfall.” Unfortunately, this blip of popularity didn’t continue.

4. Cutaway

Can it be worn without a tie? NO

Designed to be worn with a very large tie knot, the cutaway collar takes its name from the fact that it literally looks like someone “cut away” part of the fabric. Think of it as an extreme spread collar that’s more prevalent on red carpets than in boardrooms.

5. Button-Down

Can it be worn without a tie? YES

Another collar that spent its early day in sport, the button-down collar was first attached to Oxford cloth button-down shirts. Today, the button-down style can even be worn with casual suiting.

6. Club

Can it be worn without a tie? YES

The club collar is a unique style forwarded by an English boarding school that was looking for a way to differentiate its students from the rest. It peaked in the 1930s and has enjoyed a recent revival due to period shows like “Mad Men.”

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