Although it may seem like just a small detail, the collar on a dress shirt is actually quite important to your overall look. The collar on a dress shirt acts as a frame for your face; the right collar will accent your best features and downplay that which you may not wish to highlight. Your collar is also always visible regardless of the type of tie, blazer or sport jacket you may wear. This is why it is important to choose the best type of dress shirt collar for you.

The basic turndown shirt collar itself is made up of 6 main components:

  1. The tips of the collar, known as collar points.

  2. The collar band, which is the oblong rectangular strip of fabric that wraps around the neck.

  3. The collar point length, which is the distance from the collar points to where they meet the collar band.

  4. The collar height, which is the height of the collar once it is folded over (how you wear it).

  5. The tie space, which is the distance between the top folded collar parts when the shirt is buttoned up.

  6. The spread, which is the width between the collar points.

The Popular Point Collar, or Traditional Collar, is the most common type of collar on a men's dress shirt. You will actually find it on as many as 90% of shirts while you are shopping. The points on this type of collar are rather close together. In fact, they are close together enough that the often hide a portion of your tie. However, this tie collar works with a wide range of tie knots, and because it is common throughout the world, this type of collar is usually seen as "neutral." A beneficial asset of the Popular Point Collar is that it can have an elongating effect on a round face. However, men who have long, thin faces would fare better with a different style of collar.

The Classic Spread Point Collar may be a better choice for a man with a thin or small boned face. This style of collar was originally made popular by English royalty, and is known as a "European" look. This collar has a distinguishable wider spread; not to be outdone by the Wide Spread Collar, which has the widest spread. You may also find a similar style called the Quarter Spread Collar, or the Half Spread Collar. Collars such as these, which are distinguished by their wide spread, look best with a full tie knotsuch as a Windsor or a Half Windsor.

If you are looking for a collar that will make you shirt stand out a little bit and differentiate it, look for one with a Round Collar. This is the same as the Popular Point Collar, but has rounded collar points. It offers a softer look, and one that is reminiscent of the 1920s era. Today this type of collar is not very common, so it will give you a unique appearance. The Round Collar looks best with the Four In Hand tie knot.

For a casual look, choose a button down collar. This is seen as the most casual type of all of the turndown shirt collars. This type of collar is distinguishable because you will see a very small button on the end of each collar point. While this type of collar can be worn with a tie, it is best chosen if you are wearing an outfit where you wish to forego the tie. If you do wear a button down collar with a tie, make sure to keep the buttons buttoned. To wear this type of shirt with the collar point unbuttoned would be a fashion faux pas.

Author: Michael Taylor is a Marketing Manager at TIE SNUG. TIE SNUG eliminates continuous adjusting and makes wearing a tie more comfortable. The right tie accessories can ensure you look professional and help you stand out for the right reasons. So be confident knowing your tie knots look great. For more information, please visit
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