Collar Styles

There are various types of shirt collars which are common for men to wear. Whether you buy something off the peg, or have a bespoke shirt handmade for you, you can usually choose the type of collar you prefer. While a modern collar now tends to be shorter and wider spread than it used to be, the beauty of getting a shirt made for you is that you can choose what collar is going to work for you. Here are the most common types of shirt collar you need to know.

Spread Collar

Spread CollarA spread collar can be worn with a tie, and looks good for a number of occasions, be it business, formal or casual.  The word Spread refers to the space between the collar points, and the size of the spread can vary from collar to collar depending on the style of the shirt overall.

Classic Collar


Classic CollarA Classic shirt collar is extremely common, and is a traditional collar shape. A tie works very well with a Classic Collar, and it can wear a large knot well. Almost any style of neck tie will work on a shirt with a Classic Collar shape.


Button-down Collar

Button DownA button-down collar is self-explanatory in the sense that it buttons down, attaching the points directly to the shirt. Because this type of shirt collar is more casual in style, it can be worn with or without a tie, and look good. A shirt with a button-down collar can be worn for a formal occasion, for business, or as a casual option.

Button Under



A button-Under collar as the button-down is self-explanatory in the sense that it buttons down from under the collar, attaching the points directly to the shirt. 

 Cutaway Collar

Similar to a Spread Collar, a Cutaway Collar has a space between the two points, but they point outward instead of down. The Cutaway Collar is an excellent choice to wear with a full or half Windsor tie knot, however it is equally suitable to be worn without a tie.

Straight Collar

A collar with long pointy edges. Usually only worn with a tie, because otherwise the extra long collar points can look odd if casually worn with opened collar button.

Tab Collar

Essentially a classic collar with has two small tabs in the middle of the collar points. These connect beneath the necktie, pushing the knot up and out.

 Tunic/Collar Band

A collar with a small standing band, usually buttoned, in the style worn with detachable collars.