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Shirts: White Collars, Blue Collars, and others
If you’re unsure about what color your collar should be -
the short answer is to have options. Your choice of color is one of the most
important considerations when choosing the style of your business shirt collar.
For a white shirt, the collar should always be white and
made from the same fabric as the rest of the shirt. The only exception to this
rule is the tuxedo shirt which may incorporate another white (textured) fabric
for the shirt front (bib) and the cuffs.
The white shirt was previously a uniform requirement at IMB
and a plain white shirt still communicates efficiency, aptitude, and
For stripes, checks and solid colors, Gordon Gecko’s
contrast white collar is still a great look on Wall Street. A contrast white
collar (with white cuffs) is all about the big city, big deals, and big money.
If you’re visiting a big city from a smaller city, a contrast white collar can
communicate that you’re a genuine player and not intimidated by the big smoke.
If, on the other hand, you’re visiting a smaller city from New York, the contrast
white collar can be a big turn off to blue collar management. Gecko’s, “Greed
is good,” mantra appeals to some, but not to all. You don’t want to come across
as a slick, big city executive when you’re selling farming machinery in Arkansas.
When dealing with manufacturing operations as well as
businesses in smaller communities, a blue shirt (with a matching collar) is a
staple ingredient in a businessman’s wardrobe.
Unlike the white shirt which often represents administrative
efficiency, the blue collared shirt represents a connection with physical work,
engineering, and problem solving. When visiting agricultural sites, a button
down blue collar shirt (always worn with a single breasted jacket) conveys both
respect and discretion – with or without a tie.
For those business situations that require your
multi-faceted understanding of finance, administration, manufacturing, and
sales, a light blue shirt will fit the bill.
There are a myriad plaids, stripes, checks, dots, weaves,
and color combinations to choose from when you’re looking for a business shirt.
If you don’t usually wear a tie, compliment a solid jacket (or suit) with a
bright, colorful shirt. If you wear ties, ensure that your tie and shirt do not
compete for attention. An easy rule of thumb is to wear plainer shirts with
busy ties and plainer ties with busy shirts.
Unless you’re latest recording has just gone platinum, be
cautious of combining a busy suit, with a busy shirt, and a busy tie. That
being said, if you’re confident in your own good taste, mix it up and show the
world who you are. The choice of your collar color is sure to speak volumes
about your personal style
- Collar width, length, and spread – framing different faces
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