Shirt Collars and Cuffs, Explained

Shirt Collars and Cuffs, Explained

November 18, 2016

Shirt Collars and Cuffs, Explained

Does your daily outfit feel like a uniform? Can you get dressed in your sleep? Do you always receive the same shirt as a gift? (There is such a thing as being too easy to shop for!) If you answered yes to any of these questions, congratulations, you’re ready for a whole new outlook on menswear.

Shirt style is a matter of personal preference, but having a standard go-to can leave you stuck in a style rut. So if you’re wearing the same type every day, it’s time to look beyond the familiar. It’s a little known fact that there are many different collar and cuff types available now. Learning how to recognize them is the first step to wearing them with confidence.

Let’s start with the classic, what we at ENRO call the Standard Point Collar shirt. You’ll recognize its traditional shape and distinctive point. The distance between the two points is relatively close and fits a simple tie knot, also known as the four-in-hand knot, or a half Windsor nicely.

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A Spread Collar shirt gives you a little more space between collar points and also a more modern look. Feel free to go for a full Windsor or any of the other large tie knot styles here.

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Tie or no tie is a question that often comes up about Button Down Collars so let’s clear that up. Both ways are acceptable though if you choose to wear a tie, know that it is definitely a more casual look. Far more common is going without. The nature of the Button Down Collar lends itself to leaving one or two buttons undone. The collar stays flat and, although it’s a more relaxed look, you’re still impeccably polished. Ditto for the Hidden Button Down Collar, offered strictly in sport shirt styles.

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Last but not least, don’t be intimidated by French Cuffs. They are much easier than you’ve been led to believe and though they do require an extra accessory, cufflinks can be a great way to show some personality. From monogrammed to enameled to bejeweled, there are so many different styles out there that collecting can definitely become a habit.

So whether you opt for a Standard Point Collar shirt with a Barrel Cuff (safe for everyday), or a Spread Collar and French Cuffs (more formal) or a short sleeve sport shirt with a Hidden Button Down Collar (most casual), it’s all good. There’s a time and a place for every type of cuff and collar. By bringing a few key shirt details into your wardrobe, you’ll feel like a new man. Now that you’re armed with the knowledge to make an informed decision, the choice is yours.