Best collars for shirts worn casually?

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  1. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    So, I’m wondering what are the best sorts of collars for shirts worn casually, namely open at the neck. I find that some of my remaining OTR shirts just are limp at the collar, spreading out like melted butter on a hot day. I have a thin, somewhat long neck, so on my MTM shirts (from Mytailor) I opt for collar heights of at least 1.75 inches to 2 inches (I wear them a little higher on my button down collars since I don’t wear these with a tie, but open at the neck).

    I’m hoping to order a few more shirts to wear without a tie. Some of these will be button down, and here I opt for a higher collar and longer points, to get a good collar roll, but I’d like to see if there are other collars that might work, look nice.

    A few specific questions

    1. Should one not go with an unlined collar? There’s something nice about the soft collars I’m seeing on some SFers, but I suppose less structure means a buttery appearance (sorry, metaphor overwork!).
    2. Any specific constraints with linen or linen blends?

    Pictures of your collars appreciated. If you order from Mytailor or any other MTM and have found a standard collar that works well (and again, pics please), please do share.
     
  2. Eustace Tilley

    Eustace Tilley Senior member

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    Frankly, if you're wearing the shirt w/o a tie, the BD will always be the best look. So stick with that.

    If you really want to experiment, get a moderate spread, but ensure that the collar is tall and that the band (and only the band) is lined (even a little stiff) so it doesn't flop down.
     
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    I agree with Eustace %100 on the button down collar. I always choose this option when I go with an open collar and have never found anything else that I liked the look of better.

    - Randy
     
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    driftking Well-Known Member

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    Wide spread works the best. The collar stands up nicely with or without a v neck sweater. Try it.
     
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    Ivar Senior member

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    If you are to wear the shirt with a sport jacket or blazer, a button-down collar -- or possibly a hidden button-down collar -- is the obvious choice. If, on the other hand, you are to wear the shirt on its own, you have more leeway ... I myself like collarless shirts (that is, shirts that have no collar except for the collar band). Not exactly business casual, but then, that's sort of the point.
     
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    Line NOBD, I personally wear nothing but spread collars with my dress shirts. It may not be technically correct and a button-down collar may be more appropriate with some of my more casual looks. That said, I just can't make myself like button down collars in most cases. I've tried a few times, even very recently, and I always find myself wishing I'd worn a spread collar.

    I'd think that the casual nature of a button down collar would go even better with linen, what with its wrinkles and all, than cotton. If you're going with a mix of collar types, I'd favor button down with the linens and cotton fabrics with the spread collars.
     
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    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks everyone for the replies. The linen wide spread! Nice find.

    So perhaps a stiff lining on the band but a soft collar (possibly without lining), even on the wide spreads?

    Construction, architectural details appreciated.
     
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    I concur with Eustace on button down collars. You can (arguably) do a spread collar with a sport coat. The coat will keep the collar points in place.
     
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  13. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm inclined to this as well. One possibility is a hidden button on a button down. Is it possible to do this so that one has the shape of a spread collar, but with the points held in place? Anyone have such a shirt?

    And yes, I will try a simple spread too.
     
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    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes, that is a nice looking shirt. I like the collar too. I might try to find a similar material at Mytailor and have one made.
     
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