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

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  1. Inker19

    Inker19 Well-Known Member

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    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?
     


  2. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It is more appropriate to only do a white collar and match cuffs to the shirt body.
     




  3. Inker19

    Inker19 Well-Known Member

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


  4. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    UnnamedPlayer Senior member

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    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.
     


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  7. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The pink and Gingham shirts at the bottom of the article
     


  8. FlyingMonkey

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    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.
     


  9. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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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.
     


  10. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    Some English shirtings are certainly not for the faint hearted.
     


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