Check your collar: How to get the right dress shirt collar
The collar is where a dress shirt announces itself. And whether you realize it or not, you’ve likely struggled with one that’s too tight or too floppy or that can’t stand up to a ginormous tie knot. Thanks to the people at GQ Magazine with the help of newest star, Drake, it’s time you learned how to find the right collar for your style, your comfort, and, oh yeah, your neck!
First Step: Get Measured
Even if you think you know your neck size, check the tape. And while you’re at it, get your arms measured, too. Dress shirts are sized by neck and sleeve measurements. Know yours
Second Step: Know the Different Collars
The Straight Point
Think superminimal American style, not the oversize, big-tie-knot Italian look.
Got a Wall Street power suit? Pair it with a spread collar and a substantial tie.
The old-school, all-American look. Has never gone out of style and never will.
Perfectly balanced. Not too wide or narrow. Not too hip or square.
Third Step: Check for your Fit
The Litmus Test: So your salesman has measured you and pulled a shirt you like. Great. Still, try it on. Make sure you can comfortably fit one finger between the collar and your neck. If two fingers fit, the collar’s too big.
The logic of proportion: Small collar and skinny tie
The size of your collar should sync up with the size of your tie. If you dig skinny ties with small knots, go for an equally small collar. And slim lapels on your jacket.
The logic of proportion: Big collar and wide Tie
A larger collar calls for a fuller tie knot and a wider tie (just don’t go full lobster bib). And yes, proportion should hold throughout: Note Drake’s chunky gold Rolex.
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Written Via GQ
Pictures of Drake courtesy of GQ Magazine March 2010 issue