As the title says, what has become of varriation in men's collar styles? A century ago, there were literally hundreds of different sorts (of the detachable kind). Now-a-days, it's all boiled down to one boring style. I'm downright sick of it, and I highly recommend that you all exparament with some different collars to brighten your own, and everyone else's existance. Am I insane, or does this warrent some validity? Thoughts?
The differences I notice in collars nowadays are pretty much just the length and spread, which should vary depending on the shape of your face and jacket. Also, I do find the occasional button-down collar, or the rare one with that bar that pushes the tie out. You can vary the look a bit, depending on what neckwear goes with it.
Do you have any examples of more unusual styles done well? I'd love to see them.
The rounded-off Edwardian style collar immediately comes to mind. There's also the Imperial, Butterfly, Pontif and wing (there are many more, but I don't know their names). These listed styles also have many varriations in length, spread, and hight. Unfortunatly, these sorts of collars are hard to find, and I know of only two stores that still sell them: the River Junction Trade Co., and the Gentlemens' Emporium. I've purchaised what they market as the Banker, and Stand Up (an Imperial). They are relatively inexpensive, but one must have the shirt that can accomodate them (which can be made from a normal modern shirt). I've used both styles to success, and I think they look superior to modern collars. Although, I can't say they look 'correct' with two button jackets (which I think ought to be confined to evening wear, anyway).
As to photographic examples, I suggest simply looking at antique photo-portraits (plenty on Google Images and eBay)- They are usually sufficient in giving one an idea.
well I mostly wear shirts with a white collar for work. always go for the spread or cut away collar as I find them more pleasing to look at. I have many a time considered detachable collars but they are to easy to come by.