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6 Reasons to Wear a Men’s Band Collar Shirt

What is a Band Collar Shirt?

First, let’s start with an introduction of what a band collar shirt is. The men’s band collar shirt has been a men’s icon for statement dressing since its 1920’s origination from detachable collars. The style has many nicknames: band collar, collarless, and grandad collar. The only characteristic is the neck band on the shirt lays flat against you, it does not stand up on your neck (Nehru and Mandarin collars stand up). The band is 1” wide or less, and is soft and pliable without a stiff interfacing inside the collar.

Are you tired of a collared button down shirt, but still want more refinement than a t-shirt?

Consider a band collar shirt. Since they are typically in the same fabric options as a collared shirt, and the same overall shirt construction – choosing a band collar shirt is easy. Here are six reasons to add some band collar shirts into your mix.

 

1) They're Modern

If your closet is full of collared shirts already, it’s time to take the leap and venture into the band collar shirt world to update your look. Band collar shirts have been present on the Men’s Runway for several season’s now, i.e. Chalayan FW19, and are starting to emerge in more popular mainstream as “the new shirt” to wear.
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2) They're Upgraded T-Shirts

Let’s face it, t-shirts are trending. But they are the most casual expression of yourself that you can convey. One step up is the band collar shirt. It’s basically a Henley in woven fabric and if styled right (see reason #5), you can feel as comfortable in a band collar shirt as you would in a t-shirt. We recommend choosing a fabric option with stretch for maximum lounge comfort. Find More Here
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3) They're Less Constraining

The lack of collar makes this shirt great for Summer months and an under-layer for cooler temps, while still maintaining a level of sophistication and appropriate casualness. Your neck will thank you.
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4) They're Great Layered

The lack of collar makes this shirt an easy layering canvas. Choose a blazer for an executive board meeting, a vest for a team meeting, or a v-neck sweater in the cooler months. Make sure to keep the top button un-done for a more modern look. (this look is from Club Monaco Spring 2019)
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5) They're Casual

Making casual look with a band collar shirt is easy. Start with choosing how you want to wear the bottom of the shirt: tucked, un-tucked, half-tucked. Your pant options could be anything other than dress pants or sweat pants: denim, chinos, joggers. Make sure your shoes and belt are casual. To top off the look roll your sleeves up for more movement. Lastly, if you’re in southern states, un-button the top few buttons for a warmer weather look. Everyone else can choose their level of “un-buttoned casualness.”
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6) They're Dressy

The lack of collar makes this shirt an easy layering canvas. Choose a blazer for an executive board meeting, a vest for a team meeting, or a v-neck sweater in the cooler months. Make sure to keep the top button un-done for a more modern look. Find this shirt here.
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In fashion, everything old is new again

– but with a twist. Take Tommy Shelby from the Peaky Blinders BBC acclaimed show as your style reference. A band collar shirt is a notable shirt from yore but is current in our lives today when put through the lens of these six reasons.

 

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