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Do point collar shirts have a place in our wardrobes?

post #1 of 44
Thread Starter 
While going through my shirts today it occurred to me that it's been at least three years since I've worn a point collar (and that waswhen I regrettably tried to wear a a collar pin).

When choosing a shirt I'll always either reach for a button down, or a spread collar.

Are point collars just out of, fashion, for lack of a better term?
I like to think that I dress classically, and avoid menswear trends, but I doubt that they don't influence me to some degree. And you rarely see a point collar here, or on menswear blogs and the like.
post #2 of 44
I would stay with spreads and BD. I think points look dated.
post #3 of 44
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I would stay with spreads and BD. I think points look dated.


I agree, it's not that it's dated to me (though I do see that) I also just don't really care for the look.

Still, point collars have been worn off and on for ages, I wonder if our preference for BDs and spreads it just a passing trend?


I was thinking about getting rid of all my old point collar shirts, but they're otherwise nice and I didn't want to do something I'll regret in a few years.
post #4 of 44
I do not think point collars look dated at all. I prefer point collars over spreads and button down collars, because I think I look better with them.
post #5 of 44
If they look good on you, enjoy them for some variety. No permission required.
post #6 of 44

i think if you are taller you can get away with a point collar but i'm not entirely a fan of it. 

post #7 of 44
I dig the right one on the right guy, in the right outfit. They can look good with the '60s styles popular recently. But my neck is too skinny.

The ubiquity of the cheap point collar, worn with its tips curled under, has done them no favor.
post #8 of 44

I have a couple of proper 1920s style point collar shirts, with collar pins. If you are slim they work really well - with particular attention to the type of tie / knot, of course.

 

Incidentally, for those saying they are 'dated' and who care about fashion (as opposed to style), they seem to right back in this season the whole early C20th / 30s / Boardwalk Empire / Prince of Wales things going on. Not that I'm that bothered what's 'in'.

post #9 of 44
They're out of fashion but always in style -- always part of the vocabulary.

Whether and how they work for your face is another matter.

But if you are having your own made, there are almost infinite ways to proportion them.
post #10 of 44
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Originally Posted by mack11211 View Post

They're out of fashion but always in style

This is the correct answer. Nothing at all wrong with a point collar.
post #11 of 44
Pointed collars should have buttons through them.

Collar points need an anchor, whether its a button or a lapel edge.
Edited by NickPollica - 10/7/11 at 10:26pm
post #12 of 44
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Originally Posted by NickPollica View Post

Pointed collars should buttons through them.
Collar points need an anchor, whether its a button or a lapel edge.

This is a foolish rule.

Interlinings and collar stays, plus starch, determine how stiff your collar is.

Buttons are unnecessary.

If your own collar points remain irrepressible for more than four hours, see a doctor.
post #13 of 44
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Originally Posted by NickPollica View Post

Pointed collars should buttons through them.
Collar points need an anchor, whether its a button or a lapel edge.

Err, no.

 

The older style point collars are soft and held in place by bars or pins. The more contemporary point collars are stiff or stiffened with collar stiffeners. Button-downs are a slightly different species...

post #14 of 44
^^ Agreed - that is what collar stays are for.
post #15 of 44
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Originally Posted by mack11211 View Post

If your own collar points remain irrepressible for more than four hours, see a doctor.

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