Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by FCS, Nov 12, 2003.
Innovative or eccentric?
A purist might argue that the "band collar" was originally just the absence of a (detachable) collar, and was a look that was associated with rural custom (fashion historians, correct me if I've remembered this incorrectly,) while French cuffs were a gentleman's perogative. I'm not a purist, and am all for mixing references, but I do think that a shirt with French cuffs looks a little imbalanced without a substantial collar.
to me, mandarin collars look ghetto.
It actually works if you are going for the Asian mafia look. Of course, then it helps to be Asian. If you're wearing a printed silk madarin collar shirt with a mustard 7 button suit - then yes, it looks ghetto. Or maybe you're a televangelist. I've actually seen these getups in certain neighbourhoods of LA.
I saw the neckband-with-stud (i.e. no collar attached) sported by Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer in 'The Man Who Would be King.' This suggests, assuming the filmmakers got 1880s fashion right, that an acceptable alternative to an attached collar and tie was to just put a shirt stud in the neckband. Looked bloody good with a four button drill three-piece suit and pith helmet.
Mind you, when they did wear collars and ties, they looked absolutely awful.
Personally, not something that I would wear, therefore I consider it eccentric. However, many would decide on who was wearing it. If the wearer was a fashion icon, I could see many say that this was an extremely innovative, and copy the look.
I like Mandarin collars but not with a french cuff.
I'd say it was neither--I just threw out a shirt with mandarin collar and french cuffs, purchased many years ago at none other than Men's Wearhouse. So, you know, it's been done before. Â But on the bright side, you're gonna like the way you look; I guarantee it. Â
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