The Working Man: Make Your Collar Pop

by Jordan Zeman | June 19th, 2014   

As a budget-conscious female, I tend to rely heavily on the statement necklace. A few of these in your arsenal can take a plain tee and jeans out to dinner, bring a tired black dress back to life and even cover a rogue makeup stain around a neckline.

For men, however, a rhinestone bib may not be the first choice of outfit accent. While ties offer many possibilities, putting too much focus on the tie can be dangerous – think cartoon characters or holiday patterns. It’s time to take a step back and consider all of the options that the collar itself can present.

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This Zara double collar shirt adds interest to the neckline without relying on a tie to do the talking. The contrast stitching on the buttonholes and accent fabric beg for the top buttons to be left undone for a casual workday or after work activities.

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Playing with different collar shapes is a quieter way to add interest to a shirt. The club collar on this Tommy Hilfiger shirt is very sleek on it’s own, but would also make a plain tie pop.

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This Speckled Shirt from COS is the ultimate summer work staple when ties are not necessary. The band collar eliminates bulk while the cotton and linen blend keep it cool and comfortable.

For the more adventurous type, there are some collar accessories for men. Urban cowboys can experiment with collar tips, like the sterling silver ones from The Wild Cowboy’s site.

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Or, to get that statement necklace look, trendy shops like Topman offer chained collar tips. Be careful, however, as some rhinestone or spike options might be too garish for day wear.

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Whatever the type, interesting collars give men a way to mix up their day-to-day work style.