With so many choices of collars in the world, it might seem like a huge chore to pick the right one. So how should you choose which is right for you? You can try on a bunch of different styles and see which ones you like the best. You could ask the advice of your local men’s clothing specialist. Or, better still, you can choose the collars that were designed to go with your face shape.
Which Face Shape Is Yours?
If your shape is round, the height and width of your head will be nearly equal. You will have full cheeks, rounded chin and have very soft lines. An example of a celebrity with a round face is Jack Black.
If you have a wide jaw, like Henry the eighth, you probably have a square face. Your features will be angular and broad, giving you a boxy appearance. Brad Pitt is known far and wide for his square face.
Are your cheekbones pronounced and your chin narrow and pointed? You have a diamond-shaped face. Your cheeks are the widest part of your face, just like the Johnny Depp.
A rounded chin along with a face that is much longer than it is wide is the key feature of an oblong shape. If this is your face shape, know you share it with the funny Adam Sandler.
If your forehead is slightly wider than your cheeks and chin and you have an elongated face, your shape is oval. George Clooney is an example of a famous celeb with an oval face.
Shirt Collars for Each Face Shape
The Point collar is the standard folded collar with a small spread in between the points; this is the most common type of collar shirt because it matches up well with nearly every face shape in the world. So if you can’t figure out your shape (or just don’t feel like figuring it out), you can’t go wrong with a point collar. Pair it with a half-Windsor knot for a style that looks great on everyone.
Button Down Collar
A button down collar has two little buttons below the points to keep them in place. The tiny buttons add a little bit of visual interest to the neckline; this looks best on round, oval and square faces. The same rules apply for the hidden button down collar, which is when the little buttons are behind the points of the collar.
Narrow Point Collar
If the two points of the collar are very close together, it’s called a narrow point; this skinny-gapped collar looks great on round and square faces as it creates the illusion of length. You can finish the attire with a four-in-hand tie knot.
The tab collar (also called snap-tab) has two small tabs that connect underneath the tie and push the knot forward; this is a very formal style shirt, and it gives a more pronounced look for men with oval, round, and square faces.
Medium Spread Collar
When a collar has medium spread, it means that the distance in between the collar points is wider than the point collar. The medium looks amazing on an oval, diamond, and oblong shaped faces. These same rules also apply to the wide spread collar.
Deep Cutaway Collar
The deep cutaway collar is a large collar with a very wide spread. The cutaway collar is very common in England, and it creates a unique classic-cool style; this collar looks best on any of the thinner shapes, like oblong and oval as it creates an excellent contrast in between the thin faces and wider collar.
The varsity collar is very similar to a medium spread collar, but the lines that lead to the points are curved or bowed; this creates a very futuristic visual around the neckline. It is also sometimes called the Riley collar (after the basketball legend Pat Riley who wore them a lot). This collar is good for oval, diamond, and oblong shaped faces.
Don’t Let Your Face Shape Keep You From Wearing What You Love
Although learning your face shape and what collars would most likely look good on you can be helpful, don’t let it rule your closet. Try all the collars you want. This article is just an informative guide to help you find the best style for you. But at the end of the day, your personal style should be all about what you love.
Boost Your Style and Find What Feels Good
There are tons of collar styles out there, but now that you know the best ones for your facial features, explore the world of dress shirts and find the perfect shirts for you. Remember, independent of the dress code, there will always be a dress shirt for every occasion, so go nuts and lift your look.