Spread Collars-Learn about our array of options

This entry was posted on August 29, 2012 under Dressing Guidelines. Written by:



We pride ourselves on the variety of our dress shirts, which feature just about every color, pattern, cuff and collar style imaginable, not to mention fit and fabric choices. And this year, thanks to their increased popularity, we’re proud to unveil a wide array of spread-collar options.

Spread collars are a stylish way to express confidence. We love straight and buttondown collars too, but spreads belong in that same category of more assertive collar choices that includes club collars, tab collars, and collars fastened with a pin (eyelet collar). But the spread trumps them all, and most would agree it’s the most formal of shirt collars.

That doesn’t mean you can’t wear it any way you want (even without a tie), as we’re all fortunate to live in an age with flexible dress standards. But there are a few things you should keep in mind, stuff that should be filed under know the rules before you break them.  Because the spread collar is a formal dress shirt, it is most traditionally paired with a suit rather than a sportcoat and slacks. What’s more, it’s especially at home with suits that are more formal, such as three-piece suits or double breasted.

Proportion is key in menswear, and the extra space between a spread collar’s points are best filled with a bulkier tie knot. Use one of your heftier ties, or tie a Windsor or half-Windsor. Don’t know the knot? Try YouTube, where there are a ton of tie-knot instructional videos or by viewing our tips on how to tie a tie.

We’re not big followers of choosing collar types based on the shape of your face, and say go for it whether your face is broad and square or long and narrow.

Our selection this season includes our Windsor Spread Collar in the everyday workhorse colors white and blue, and a tone-on-tone Satin Ottoman Stripe that’s discretely elegant. For more adventurous options, check out our Raised Satin Stripe, Green Textured Windowpane, Houndstooth, and Alternating Stripe.

You can learn more about collar styles in this article.



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2 Comments to “Spread Collars-Learn about our array of options”

  1. Don says:

    I have a 15.5″ collar size, 32″ sleeve, I am 5’6″ ht, and I am wondering what the most appropriate collar to wear.
    I like the looks of the formal straight, but I am worried about the collar may look too big and out of proportion to my size.
    What do you suggest as what would look right? I usually do a 1/2 Windsor knot tie.
    Thank you for your suggestions.

  2. LauraH says:

    Thank you for your question, Don!

    The basic rule is not to wear a collar that is the same shape as your face. Men with long, narrow faces should avoid long pointed collars. Men with a round face should avoid spread collars. However, keep in mind that many variations exist and these rules do not apply to every man and every situation. The key is to trust your judgment and wear what makes you feel confident!

    Another blog post that you may find interesting is our “What Collar Style Is Right For Me?”

    If you have any additional questions, please let us know!

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