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Classic Point Collar

Men who wear dress shirts today can thank soldiers from the early 20th for the introduction of comfortable shirt collars (unfused and lightly lined).  Prior to the First World War, men’s collars were detachable linen affairs that were high, stiff and close fitting.  Following the war, shirt manufacturers adopted the collar that had been used for military dress shirts.  The new collar was attached to the shirt and folded over softly to form a turndown effect.  The classic point collar is a direct descendant of the first turndown collars.

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With its neutral lines and relatively narrow space between the collar points, the classic point collar is the most common turn-down collar style.  Approximately 90% of dress shirts feature a point collar.  The straight up and down orientation of the classic point collar is most flattering for men with round facial features and square jaw lines.  Men with long, thin faces should avoid this collar since it can give their face a gaunt appearance.  Instead, they should look for dress shirts with spread collars.

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