I want to talk to you about dress shirts and specifically, these-spread collared dress shirt. Like we discussed in my article about the two-button notch lapel grey suit, this dress shirt embodies everything an essential means to me. It works for everyone regardless of your age, your face shape or body type, and it never goes out of style. Look at photos from back in the day. Men wearing semi-spread collared dress shirts are timeless. Why a semi-spread collar, specifically?
Well, let’s back up. The shirt collar is very important because it borders your face. All women out there, including me, the first thing we look at is your face and then we trail down and, you know, checks out the rest of the goods. So a semi-spread collared dress shirt is what you want because it’s universally flattering and it works great with everything. So with or without a tie, with a suit jacket, doesn’t matter if the labels are large or narrower. With a casual jacket or even a sweater, it looks great with everything.
Why not wear the more common point or spread collar?
With the point collar, which is readily available at all stores and is one of the most common types of collars that I see men wearing. Nine times out of ten, when I see men wearing this type of collar, it looks horrible and the same really goes for the spread collar. A lot of men wearing spread collars think, “Oh, it’s more modern”. I love it with a nice full Windsor knot. It never really looks good. These types of collars, as well as all the other types of collars out there, are very specific to your sense of style and your face and body type. So instead, go with what put all my clients in, which is the semi-spread collar.
What color should your dress shirt be?
Easy, White and light blue. Those are the two colors that will always cover you in any situation. So I have Michael here again to help me demonstrate the different ways you can wear a semi-spread collared dress shirt. So right now I have him in a great leather jacket by Burberry Brit, a white dress shirt by Brooks Brothers, it’s their Milano fit, which is their extra slim fit, and then I have him in this black knit tie and tie bar, which are both by The Tie Bar and we put on a black belt by Alan Edmonds with these great grey suit pants by Brook Brothers Red Fleece and then finish it all off with these black dress shoes by Alan Edmonds.
Now let’s get him changed and into another look. I have Michael here in this great sports coat by Burberry with the same white dress shirt by Brooks Brothers. We also added a pocket square by The Tie Bar and an IWC Portuguese watch. I kept the same black belt last time by Alan Edmunds with these J Brand jeans and the same black dress shoes by Alan Edmunds. All right, so let me put him in the third and final outfit and the finale. So I have Michael in this beautiful charcoal suit by Brooks Brothers. It’s their Red Fleece line. We kept the same white dress shirt. I added this beautiful navy tie and pocket square by The Tie Bar. We kept the same IWC Portuguese watch, and also finished it all off with the same black dress shoes by Alan Edmonds.