Which Shirt Collars Require A Tie
These Don’t Require A Tie
One of the most common collars today is the spread collar, which comes in a variety of angles and points. “Spread” refers to the distance between the collar points.
A unique style forwarded by an English boarding school that was looking for a way to differentiate its students. It peaked in the 1930s and has had a recent revival due to period shows like “Mad Men”
Another collar that spent its early day in sport, the button-down collar was first attached to oxford cloth button-down shirts. Today, the button-down style can be worn with casual suiting
These Do Require A Tie
- Forward Point:
The most traditional choice, the forward point collar has fallen out of favor with some for its inability to be worn without a tie. A smaller opening between collar flaps allows for more tie knot variety.
The cutaway is designed to be worn with a very large tie knot. Think of it as an extreme spread collar that’s more prevalent on red carpets than in bedrooms.
A rare style now, the tab collar’s popularity has waxed and waned over the last century. Designer Tom Ford attempted to bring it back when styling James Bond in “Skyfall,” but it didn’t stick