Shirts and Collars: The Rounded Collar

The short, stiff round collar has been an obligatory part of the Eton school uniform since the mid-nineteenth century. Originally a separate stiff white collar that attached to a banded collar shirt body, early on the collar signified membership in one of the world’s most exclusive male clubs, hence its moniker name, the "club" collar. The famous arrow collar ads in the early twentieth century helped to elevate this style of collar to the pantheon of classic dress shirt collars.

As a soft attached collar, the club collar became one of the 1930s most popular collar chiseled visage. Although the club collar rarely cavorts among the masses, this holdover from Victorian society can occasionally be found hobnobbing with the custom-tailored set.

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 Michael Douglas wearing a rounded collar playing Gordon Gekko in Wall Street

Michael Douglas wearing a rounded collar playing Gordon Gekko in Wall Street

 Paul Sparks with a rounded collar in Boardwalk Empire

Paul Sparks with a rounded collar in Boardwalk Empire