Shirt Guide

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Button-Down 

A button-down shirt may be worn without a tie.  The shirt has small buttonholes on its collar, including those on the shirtfront. The collar buttons always remain fastened. This is the mainstay for a prep look.

Spread 

Spread refers to the length between the points of the collar. Next to a tux shirt, the spread collar shirt is the most formal of all shirts.  Wider tie knots, such as a Windsor, Trinity or Merovingian, should be worn with this type of shirt.

 

Forward Point

The Forward point is a cousin of the button down shirt.  It is more corporate in look. A slim tie is the best look for this shirt.

Club Collar

The club collar shirt is attributed to Windsor England’s Eton College's 1800’s dress code.  It works well with collar pins.

 

Tab Collar

A tab collar has small tabs (cloth strips) in the middle of the collar points that are connected with a small button.  The tab is positioned beneath the tie and pushes the tie knot up and out.

 

Note:

Tie stays are a must. They may be difficult to handle, but they help the collars lie down and stay in the correct position.  Plastic tie stays usually come with a shirt.  Metal tie stays are better quality and last longer.  

 
 
 

A button-down shirt may be worn without a tie.  The shirt has small buttonholes on its collar, including those on the shirtfront. The collar buttons always remain fastened. This is the mainstay for a prep look.

Spread refers to the length between the points of the collar. Next to a tux shirt, the spread collar shirt is the most formal of all shirts.  Wider tie knots, such as a Windsor, Trinity or Merovingian, should be worn with this type of shirt.

 

 

The Forward point is a cousin of the button down shirt.  It is more corporate in look. A slim tie is the best look for this shirt.

 

 

The club collar shirt is attributed to Windsor England’s Eton College's 1800’s dress code.  It works well with collar pins.

 

 

 

A tab collar has small tabs (cloth strips) in the middle of the collar points that are connected with a small button.  The tab is positioned beneath the tie and pushes the tie knot up and out.

 

 

 

Tie stays are a must. They may be difficult to handle, but they help the collars lie down and stay in the correct position.  Plastic tie stays usually come with a shirt.  Metal tie stays are better quality and last longer.