The club collar’s been popping up on the tweedier variety of dress shirt for a while now—we’re looking at you, Mr. Alan—but it’s finally made the leap to more casual climes. This is Baron Wells’ Eton Collar Polo, and it manages to dodge the stuffy Edwardian vibe in favor of rugby-ready playfulness. Keep an eye on the sleeves and it’ll be hard to steer this wrong.
They throw in a few spread collars and cufflink-style buttons too—and naturally the suits themselves are pretty impeccable—but the short club collar is starting to be a necessity for more adventurous menswear labels…which usually means its time to add one to your closet.
If you’re really inspired, you can even skip the tie.
The club collar has been having quite the resurgence lately, so it’s nice to see one that’s still on the rack—and without the usual banker-style color contrast.
This faded gray oxford from Patrik Ervell sums up the appeal pretty well. It’s not flashy, but the rounded collar gives it a subtle nineteenth century feeling that’s hard to get without looking like you’re in costume. The subtle gray is just unusual enough to be remarkable, even under the standard issue black suit.
The buttoned dress shirt is such a staple that it’s easy to overlook. That is, until an enterprising designer reminds you that it’s not all easy-irons fronts and spread collars.
Our friends at UrbanDaddy just turned us on to Lee Harkness Shirt Co., a New York shirtier (and American List candidate) with a few changes in mind. The label brings together designers Oliver Harkness (a famed vintage dealer) and Jussara Lee (a upscale woman’s designer) to create a middle ground somewhere between bespoke and vintage. The result is a line full of well-shaped club collars, tuxedo-esque pullover shirts, and shackets (high fashion for “shirt/jacket”) that give Freeman’s a run for their money, all available in sizes and made-to-measure.