Anatomy of a Shirt – Collars

Knowing-your-Customisations-Collars
Ozwald Boateng Collar

As per Wikipedia, a collar is the part of a shirt that fastens around or frames the neck. A collar is separated from other necklines such as revers or lapels, by being made form a separate piece of fabric, rather than a folded or cut part of the same piece of fabric.

Now that we have defined a collar and know how it’s made, about time we realise its importance as well. Considering the fact that a collar is the most visible part of a shirt, it has to be one of the most important elements which define your overall look.

A collar not only defines a shirts formality, it also enhances your facial features at the same time. In essence, this means that getting your collar right is the most important step in designing a shirt, obviously after you’ve chosen the fabric.

Wondering how to choose a collar? Here’s a small list of things you should consider before you choose the collar for your shirt.

  • What occasion are you wearing it for?
  • Will you be wearing a tie?
  • Are you wearing a jacket on top of it?
  • Does the collar complement your facial features and length of the neck?

A few tips to help you choose the collar:

  • Collars with longer tips are a strict no no if you have a short neck.
  • Consider wide collars if you have broad shoulders.
  • Larger knots dictate wider collars.

Finally, let’s take a look at the collar options we offer at the Bombay Shirt Company

Spread-Eagle-Collar
Spread Eagle Collar

The spread collar remains classic men’s style like the pocket square, hat, and custom suit. Works best for a thin face. Collar bone provided to ensure a crisp collar.

Prince-Charlie-Collar
Prince Charlie Collar

Classic straight collar is best paired with a suit and tie. It was made famous by British Royalty. Collar bone provided to ensure a crisp collar.

Madmen-Collar
Madmen Collar

This cutaway collar can be worn with a tie to work or without a tie for after work drinks. While wearing a tie, we recommend you use a Windsor knot. Collar bone provided to ensure a crisp collar.

Bandhgala-Collar
Bandhgala Collar

The traditional Bandhgala for all the old school folks out there.

Hipster-Collar
Hipster Collar

Also known as the Skinny Collar, is a fairly recent phenomenon. Ideally worn without a tie, but if you must, choose a skinny one.

Hipster-Rounded-Collar
Hipster-Rounded Collar

Why be square? Our most unconventional collar is this skinny rounded collar.

Prepster-Collar
Prepster Collar

If there was ever a middle ground between the preppy and the hipster, it’s this button down skinny collar.

Evil-Pandit-Collar
Evil-Pandit Collar

Better known as the Banded Collar, was made famous by such luminaries as Pandit Nehru & Dr. Evil. We, however, have a contemporary take on it.

Double-Collar
Double Collar

The double collar is all the rage today. One collar is just not enough.

Polo-Collar
Polo Collar

Better known as the Button Down Collar, is ideally paired with a sports jacket and loafers, but goes well with less dressy suits.

Concealed-Polo-Collar
Concealed-Polo Collar

A metallic snap button on the inside keeps your button down a secret.

Club-Collar
Club Collar

Made famous by NBA coach Pat Riley, the Club Collar goes well with bespoke shirts and dressy suits.

Ozwald-Boateng-Collar
Ozwald-Boateng Collar

Designed by it’s namesake, perhaps the classiest of all our collar offerings.

Wing-Collar
Wing Collar

Save it for your wedding day. Exclusively worn with a bow tie and tux.

Now that you understand collars and have seen the options, how about trying your hand at designing your own shirt?

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