Formal Shirt Collars

Formal shirt collars are an important factor when considering formal dress shirts for that special occasion. There ar two primary options that will serve all of your needs.

Both options are absolutely acceptable for Black Tie and/or White Tie events but there are a few things to consider before making your selection.

The first of the two formal dress shirt collars we will discuss is the turndown collar (pictured left). This option might be considered the more conservative of the two.

In terms of benefits, this collar type allows for various spread options for the collar points which can be advantageous to the gentleman who wants to use collar styles to compliment his facial structure.

Additionally, the turndown collar will hide the strap of the bowtie that runs around his neckline. This can be an advantage for anyone who may be using clasps or adjustable bowties often accompanying rented formal wear.

The second option for mens formal dress shirts is the wing collar. This dress shirt is characterized by the winged style of the collar points. These "wings" will primarily be tucked behind the bowtie but this is not a "rule" and may not always be the case.

The wing collar as noted in the adjacent picture exposes the bowtie strap that runs around the neck. Because of this, it is widely believed to be more suitable for white tie than it is with a black tie.

This exposure also prevents discretion for any gentleman who chooses to use pre-tied clasped bowties. If the metal clasp is noticeable at the side or back of his neck, some might consider this to be unacceptable for formal attire.

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