We like to think of collared shirts and dresses as the social butterflies, if you will, of fashion; collars aren’t defined by a singular, rigid style, nor are they limited to one type of aesthetic. Because of their versatile quality, we rounded up the most common types of collars and matched them to the styles they correspond to most.
Do you know what type of collar complements your style best? Scroll through to find out!
We’re looking at you, minimalists. Mandarin collars strike the perfect balance between laid-back and sophisticated. They also straddle that realm between feminine and masculine—think leading-lady vibes, like Sofia Coppola.
Each x Other Embroidered Collar Quilted Bib Tuxedo Shirt ($320)
Public School Mandarin-Collar Crepe Shirt ($368)
The notched collar is reminiscent of business-like blazers and the ‘70s. If anything can reconcile the stern corporate look and the funky psychedelic one, it’s the notched collar. It also allows you to rock a deep-v neckline, so if you like to show a hint of skin, the notched collar is a great option.
For the Alexa Chung-loving lady, go for the Peter Pan collar. The rounded shape makes it sweet, girly, and perfect for layering with a crew-neck sweater and your favorite miniskirt.
Pointed collars are a classic, clean shape and they make the perfect layering pieces. This type of collar is the most versatile of the bunch and will add dimension to just about any ensemble.
L’agence Indigo Leopard-Print Jersey Dress ($240)
Steven Alan Sleeveless Crossover Shirt ($158)
If your style soul mate is the imaginary love child of Roger Federer and Margot Tenenbaum, polo collars are definitely your tempo. This style is perfect for any of you preppy folks out there. Polo collars are also a great option to mix and match with retro pieces, so if you would describe your sense of style as eclectic or whimsical, we’ve found your match.
L’Etoile Sport Argyle-Knit and Cashmere-Blend Polo Shirt ($195)
Shawl collars tend to have a relaxed fit with a drape-y element. If you like to capture that coveted menswear inspired look while maintaining a sexy and sleek feel, opt for a shawl collar. We can totally see the Olsens in one of these loose-fitting tunics.
Acne Studios Jamie se Crepe Electric Blue Shirt ($500)
Thakoon Addition Embellished Silk-Georgette Tunic ($643)
What collar style is your favorite? Share in the comments!