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Do point collar shirts have a place in our wardrobes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ruben, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. ruben

    ruben Senior member

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    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.
     
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  2. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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


  3. ruben

    ruben Senior member

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    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.
     


  4. TexasDan

    TexasDan Senior member

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    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.
     


  5. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    If they look good on you, enjoy them for some variety. No permission required.
     


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    guymac12 Senior member

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


  7. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     


  8. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Senior member

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    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'.
     


  9. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    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.
     


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    idfnl Senior member

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    This is the correct answer. Nothing at all wrong with a point collar.
     


  11. NickPollica

    NickPollica Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Pointed collars should have buttons through them.

    Collar points need an anchor, whether its a button or a lapel edge.
     
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  12. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    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.
     


  13. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Senior member

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    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...
     


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    idfnl Senior member

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    ^^ Agreed - that is what collar stays are for.
     


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