Have you ever noticed how some collars are long and skinny and some are wide and point out to your shoulders? There are plenty of different collar options out there; so many it can be completely overwhelming. These are the ones you need to know.
There is one thing that I need to ask you before we get started: What is your face shape? Go stand in front of a mirror, or grab a selfie and look closely.
- Square: your face is angular and about as wide as it is tall.
- Round: you have softer features and your face is about as wide as it is tall.
- Rectangular: your face is angular and taller than it is wide.
- Oblong: you have softer features and your face is much taller than it is wide.
- Oval: your face is not too angular and not to soft; everything is in easy balance.
Square / Round: Point Collar
Point collars great for guys with square or round faces. Because they extend your vision vertically, they add extra height to your face. If your wearing a tie, pair this collar with a smaller knot, like a four-in-hand. This is a great knot for almost all situations, and the only one I wear.
Rectangle / Oblong: Spread Collar
If you have a longer face shape, like rectanlge or oblong, you need to add some width. Get a spread collar to draw their vision out horizontally towards your shoulders. The four-in-hand above works here as well, but feel free to go with a bigger knot like a half or full windsor if you want a little more size.
Oval: Semi-spread Collar
The “perfect” face shape. If you have an oval face, you have it easy. Point or spread collars will work for you, but my favorite is the semi-spread. Like you it has just the right balance of width and height, and it’ll look good with a tie or without. Enjoy it you lucky something or other.
Wait, I promised you four collars and two to wear, and I didn’t deliver. Based on your face shape, you know at least one collar to wear, but let me pick another that works for everyone. Okay here it is…
Oxford / Button Down Collar
Casually well dressed. That’s the way I think about the oxford collar. It started out as a sports shirt for University guys at Oxford, but today it’s an easy going, almost-all-the-time collar for casual situations. You can wear this from weekend to buisness casual; pretty much anything short of a wedding. Grab a few shirts with this collar to default to instead of a tshirt.