Best collars for shirts worn casually?

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  1. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    I'd go along with most of this this; if these shirts will be worn tie-less & you want the option of a jacket, button-downs are versatile. Tie-less but never with a jacket, I actually like the collars without a separate band. I think someone called them "camp collars"; Loro Piana calls them Andre collars, I think. I have a couple of linen shirts from them in this style. They will take a linen jacket if you insist, but have a tendency to splay when doing so, so I find them best without a jacket.

    If you'll sometimes wear them with ties and sometimes not, a spread can look nice, as others have said.

    I know this doesn't really narrow things down much, admittedly... ;)
     
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  2. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  3. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks Holdfast. I'm all for more data, opinions!
     


  4. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    Ettemadis made them.

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    Different shirt, same collar:

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  5. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Awesome! Nice looks all around. This is a wide or moderate spread? Details on the collar (lining, height, length of points). They stay up without the blazers?
     


  6. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Point or semi-spread collar shirts from RLBL on clearance with Wurkin Stiffs collar stays (poor man's non-branded collar stays accepted as well, as long as you use the neodymium magnets)
     
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  7. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    Button down collars are your best bet. If you don't wear a tie don't wear a spread collar.
     


  8. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    It's a custom spread : ). Wide, I guess. I don't know the measurements. They are lined (fused).

    Yes, they stay up:

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  9. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    Some have a curve...

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    ... and some are straight (the navy puppytooth for instance). Measurements are the same.
     


  10. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

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    + 1 Wurkn Stiffs are a good choice to keep high, stiff unbottoned collars in place. It's always embarrasing if you move around in your jacket then suddenly the shirt collar flops out on top of the coat's lapel, then you look like you're from the 70's.
     


  11. furo

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    They literally almost doubled my shirt rotation since prior to learning about neodymium magnets paired with a ferromagnetic stay, I never dared wear a spread collar sans tie.
     


  12. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Fascinating. How do they work?
     


  13. MyOtherLife

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    Wel lI have found this to be pretty much hit or miss with the spreads which is why I prefer the BD's. I am sure the shaping of the collar will vary between manufacturers
     
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  14. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes, so maybe these magic magnet stays will work. I'm still inclined for a soft collar, so that might make them staying up all the more challenging if not BD. Thanks for the continued input.
     


  15. Flake

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    I use a wide spread and have them made reinforced, so they are nice and stiff. I have also on occasion used the magnetic collar stays on my more traditional collars that I usually reserve for wearing with a tie, and find they work pretty well. The look is similar to a hidden button down.
     


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