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The Patterned Collar



You’re going to wear them and, if decorum is any guide, you’re going to have a collar peeking up out of the top. The question is, what are you going to do with it?

The preppy take on the conundrum is pretty simple—bring out a Bengal-striped shirt (or something similar), keep your collar buttoned down and you’re pretty much set—but if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s plenty more fun to be had.

We’d point you to this gentleman, pulled from a recent Reyn Spooner lookbook. If you look closely, you may notice a few inches of intricately patterned tropicalia peeking out through his neckline. It’s a playful take on what might otherwise be a pretty flat look and a good way to make use of what might otherwise be a pretty loud shirt.

That doesn’t mean you should stock up on Hawaiian shirts for winter, necessarily…but if you’ve got any unusually busy shirts in your closet—like any of these, for instance—winter might be a good time to break them out.