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Contrast Collar Shirts: Collar and cuffs, or just the collar?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I have had a light blue contrast collar shirt with both a white collar and cuffs for a little while now. I picked up another one thrifting today that was so cheap I bought it even though the collar was only white and the cuffs were the same color as the shirt. This one was also light blue.

 

I wouldn't wear them often enough to keep both so I'm going to sell one. My question is, is it a "faux pas" to have a contrast shirt with only the collar being white, or does such a rule not exist?

post #2 of 11
It is more appropriate to only do a white collar and match cuffs to the shirt body.
post #3 of 11
i will disagree with chris
I prefer both to be white
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Sounds like it's really just a preference and there's no rule associated with it.

post #5 of 11
Some background info. Most of the pictures in the article show cuffs matching the body

http://www.morningdressguide.com/morning-dress-shirt/

Have always been told the origins of this were done with white collars not cuffs but today it's personal preference.
post #6 of 11
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Some background info. Most of the pictures in the article show cuffs matching the body

http://www.morningdressguide.com/morning-dress-shirt/

Have always been told the origins of this were done with white collars not cuffs but today it's personal preference.

 

What pictures were you looking at?

The one I saw had a contrast cuff.

 

The simple idea with contrast collar and cuff is to wear whatever shirt colour you want as long as the most visible parts (collar and cuff) are formal white.

post #7 of 11
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What pictures were you looking at?

The ones I saw had a contrast cuff.

 

The simple idea with contrast collar and cuff is to wear whatever shirt colour you want as long as the most visible parts (collar and cuff) are formal white.

post #8 of 11
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What pictures were you looking at?

The pink and Gingham shirts at the bottom of the article
post #9 of 11

My impression was that the white contrast collar only was an American thing and principally associated with louder colour and pattern, whereas the white contrast collar and cuff was a British thing and usually associated with paler colours. 

post #10 of 11
I have the opposite association of bolder English shirtings like you saw with Turnbull and Asser and more quiet American shirtings.
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I have the opposite association of bolder English shirtings like you saw with Turnbull and Asser and more quiet American shirtings.

Some English shirtings are certainly not for the faint hearted.
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