Have you ever wondered what the name of a particular collar is? Perhaps you’re curious why a collar was created in the first place. We’ll address all of your collar-related queries in this post! But first, let’s learn about the history of collar kinds since we believe it’s critical to know when a specific collar was fashionable while selecting the proper collar for your sewing project.
The collar was initially used as a removable item of clothing that could be attached to shirts as an adornment. The wealthy wore collars made of cloth, whereas paper collars were worn by the poor. The primary purpose was to protect the harsh/stiff textiles used in outerwear such as coats, jackets, and waistcoats. Collars became a type of accessory in the 16th century, and they were made of jewelry or beautiful textiles that were embroidered or elaborately embellished with gems. With removable collars embellished with various sorts of beads or metal pieces, we may see this trend resurfacing.
Collars are associated with many eras, such as the “70’s collar,” a Barrymore collar with long points, or the jabot, popular in the nineteenth century.
Band Collar and Stand Collar
The portion that makes the shirt collar stand up and the height at which the collar stands up on the neck.
- Tie Gap: The space between the upper points of a collar allows for a tie knot.
- The distance between one tip of the collar and the other.
- The length of the collar as it slopes down to the shirt’s shoulder is known as the slope.
- The tip of the collar is referred to as the point. Some collars include a buttonhole at the tip, allowing the tip to be buttoned to the shirt and kept from moving while being worn.
- The roll line is the section of the collar stand that rolls over.
- The collar section that folds over from the neckline and is formed according to the collar style is the river/lapel.
- The Stand Collar is a collar that stands up and fits around the neck of the wearer. A stand collar is something like a Mandarin collar.
- The Flat Collar: This category encompasses a wide range of collar types, but whatever they are, they must rest flat against the main fabric to qualify. A flat collar with wings is an excellent illustration.
- A rolled collar is a stand collar that folds over the collar stand. This collar is most commonly seen on shirts, particularly men’s business shirts that need a tie.
Different Collar Types
1. The Traditional Collar
This is a standard collar found on most men’s shirts. Shirts with this type of collar are appropriate for informal occasions or for wearing to work with a tie. A point collar is another name for this style of the collar.
2. The Button-Down Collar
This is an “old-fashioned” collar style. It is attached to the shirt’s main fabric using little buttons located at the tips (points). It is exceptionally sporty because it was traditionally worn with polo players’ collars.
3. The Hidden Button Collar
The theory of this collar is similar to that of a button-down collar, and only the button is buried behind the collar points.
4. The Medium Collar
The tie space on the medium collar is more significant than on the Classic Collar. They’re pretty similar. However, the medium collar allows for a more substantial tie knot.
5. The Spread Collar
The Windsor spread, varsity spread, cutaway spread, severe cutaway spread, and the English spread are all varieties of the spread collar.
- The Windsor Spread: This is a traditional collar. If you’re searching for a conventional collar, this is for you.
- The Varsity Spread: This collar features curled round tips (points) for a laid-back style.
- The Cutaway Spread: This collar’s prongs protrude at a 45-degree angle. This additional width is ideal for wearing bright neckties and cravats when you want to make a statement.
- Extreme Cutaway Spread: This is a different type of cutaway collar with a greater spread than the traditional cutaway spread. This design is appropriate for formal occasions because it may be worn with more than simply a tie.
- The English Spread has a more oversized collar than the Windsor Spread, yet it looks great with a Windsor knot tie.
6. The Semi Cut-Away Collar
This collar falls in between a spread and a straight collar. It has a narrower spread and shorter collar points. It’s ideal for a relaxed style that doesn’t require a tie.
7. Collar with Long Points
The term comes from the long points on this collar. In the 1940s and 1950s, this collar design was highly fashionable. A dagger point collar is another name for it.
8. The Tab Collar
The straight point collar is a shorter form of this collar. It looks best when paired with a knot tie made of lightweight fabric like silk.
9. The Mondrian Collar
The Mondrian Collar is a kind of collar designed by Mondrian. This is a type of stand-up collar that the fashion industry copied from China. It may be found in both men’s and women’s clothing.
10. Mandarin Collar
This collar is similar to the mandarin collar, but it includes a bit collar stand at the top (the collar stand runs around the neck). Whether you’re a woman or a man, there are countless collar options for you and your shirts/blouses/dresses. Remember that the collar heavily influences the design of your shirt or blouse, so learn the most crucial ones for a beautiful look.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by these collar options, keep in mind that they all stem from three basic collar styles, so start with the stand-up collar, the roll collar, and the flat collar before moving on to the others.
What is a French collar?
A French collar is a type of dress shirt collar characterized by its widespread and the absence of turndown. This type of collar is considered one of fashion’s most formal and sophisticated collars. It is commonly seen in the business world and is considered the perfect choice for a more professional look. The French collar is also known as the “winged collar,” as its pointed tips resemble wings.
The French collar is typically paired with a bow tie and is considered a timeless and classic style. The wide spread of the collar gives the wearer a sense of power and authority, making it a popular choice for business meetings and formal events. Unlike other types of collars, the French collar does not have a turndown, which makes it stand out and adds an extra touch of sophistication to any outfit.
Whether you are a man or a woman, there are various collar styles and alternatives available. They are all developed from the three fundamental collar attachment techniques. The finest advice for future collar couture is to become an expert in the fundamentals and ensure a clean fit around the neck. Once the fundamentals are mastered, the daring sewist may want to venture into more intricate collar designs.