Big guy? Smaller guy? Short neck? Long neck? Here’s the collar for you!
Not everyone is perfectly proportional. But there are tricks if you know them that can help to visually adjust how others see you.
1. Long, thin neck
This young man is wearing a trendy and stylish small collar – it might not even be an inch high whereas a standard collar is closer to an inch and a half high. Also the length of the collar points are very short, maybe 2″ as opposed to the standard 3″.
Do you see how what he has chosen has made his long neck look even l – o – n – g – e- r ?
He would be far better off with a taller collar – even taller than standard to balance the scale of the length of his neck. He can still be stylish by choosing a shorter collar point, or a two button collar, or a contrast collar.
2. Short, thick neck
Men with little to no neck need to be very aware of keeping their collar “stance” on the shorter side. Stance is another word for the height of your collar. I like to reduce the collar stance of a man who does not have a noticeable neck at least 1/4 inch – sometimes even 1/2 inch. Doing so can help to visually modify and balance your look. elongate you and give you more of a neck. It can also keep your open shirt collars from poking you in the jaw.
3. Smaller guy
This dapper dan appears to be a smaller, slim young man.
However he is wearing a GI-normus windsor tie and a collar with points so large that they are completely covered by his jacket lapels. Instead of giving this young man more personal presence, this look overpowers him and actually diminishes him.
If this is you, you want your clothes to help you look larger, or taller, not smaller!
4. Big Guy
If you are a larger guy either because of weight or being athletic, you will not want to make yourself look bigger by wearing too small a collar. A good size point length and collar spread will add balance to your frame.
Also, you know that when you have a larger neck to fit into a shirt often means the shirt is HUGE in the body. Or if it fits in the body you are a stroke waiting to happen wearing a tie.
The bigger a man you are, the more important it is for your clothes to fit you properly to ensure that you are not adding extra volume and visual size when you shouldn’t be.
5. Thin Guy
The easiest way to look even thinner (dare I say scrawny?) is to wear a shirt collar that is too big, or too loose on your neck. The smaller you are, the more your clothes HAVE to fit you properly so it appears that you are wearing them, not visa versa.
What’s the easiest quickest solution?
J Hilburn affordable custom shirts fit to you by an Image Consultant (me!) who is trained in what lines and styles will best accent the positives and camouflage the negatives.
Whatever your personal style, formal, casual, trad, English, soft – you need to ensure that the style you pick is in keeping with your own natural features. Let me show you how to make subtle improvements to the balance, scale and harmony of your face and neck using the size and width of your shirt collar.
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