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8 Popular Collar Styles for Dress Shirts

Posted by Aaron Newsome on May 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM

A sophisticated and confident gentleman with knowledge can be an unstoppable force, especially when his style is on point.  Many men wear dress shirts, from young adults to older professional men.  Most men have a wardrobe full of different colored and patterned dress shirts, but they lack collar style knowledge. Choosing the right collar can heighten the presence of any outfit. Find out eight common collar types worn by the elite gentlemen depicted below.



Cutaway: This collar spread is wide and offers space to highlight a big knot. You'll stand out and it's a great option if you're looking into getting a custom-made shirt and/or suit. The Cutaway collar ispopular in London’s street fashion.

David Beckham


English Spread: This is a traditional English look in which the spread is within the perfect resting spot for a Windsor Knot.  The English Spread is slightly wider than a traditional spread.  Bow ties can we worn with this option, as well. 

Chris Paul


Spread:  This collar is the grandfather of the English Spread.  The term "spread" refers to the width between each point on the collar.  Dating back to the 18th century, this collar offers a design that befits the Windsor Knot or bow tie.

Bradley Cooper


Forward Point: This is a classic collar worn by many men in the business industry. It has a narrow width, making the 4-in-hand knotted tie perfect for this type ofcollar.  This one can also be referred to as a Sraight-point or Narrow-point collar.


Roger Sterling

Club:  The club collar stands out from the rest due to its rounded points. It is also known as the golf collar.  The name originated from an English boarding school in Eton, where shirts with club collars were required for the dress code. Other men noticed the rounded points and wanted to embrace it. 

Daniel Craig


Snap Tab: This collar offers two tabs to be connected and “snapped” under the tie. The tab holds the collar in place and pushes the knot out, showing off one’s sharp tying skills.


Steve Nash

Abbreviated Spread: This collar is the sporty version of the spread collar.  The small design of the collar is made to be worn without a tie and the top button should be undone. Shirts with the abbreviated spread look casual and sociable.

Andre 3000


Button-Down: This casual collar offers two buttons at each point of the collar that is buttoned down (hence the name!). Although shirts with button-down collars are more sporty land not often worn with a tie, it can, however, be worn with a slim tie.

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