Decoding collars and cuffs

The shirt details that define your personal style.

Dress shirts are anything but basic. The oxford button-down and the barrel cuff are the gold standard for some, while others gravitate toward the formality of French cuffs and the forward point collar. Not surprisingly, collar and cuff preferences tend to be personal and reveal something about the wearer.

TheCollars

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THE BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR
THE TRADITIONALIST

The telltale roll of the button-down collar makes it an American menswear icon. Both classic and preppy, this versatile collar can be worn with or without a tie. This trad-style mainstay looks as fresh today as it did when Brooks Brothers introduced it in 1900.

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THE FORWARD POINT COLLAR
THE STANDARD

This Monday-Friday favorite has after-hours appeal. It works just as well beneath a suit and sport coat or worn alone. A note of advice: The narrow proximity of the collar points complements men with a rounder face.

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THE SPREAD COLLAR
THE TIE GUY

This formal shirt is the center stage for your tie; the collar points sit further apart and show off the knot. For a more sophisticated look, the large, more symmetrical knot of the Full Windsor is ideal.

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TheCuffs

Cuffs are a significant aspect of your shirt style. Single-button barrel cuffs, which have a slightly rounded edge, are standard. French cuffs are the most formal, requiring cuff links or silk knots. An elevated version of the barrel is the mitered cuff, which has an angular cut and is considered a more modern design. So whether your preference is more conservative or unexpected, Brooks Brothers offers a selection to suit you.

Barrel Cuff
FRENCH CUFF
MITERED CUFF


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