Dress Shirt: Spread collar vs Point collar?

When designing a dress shirt, how do you choose between a spread collar and a point collar?
Choosing the type of collar that is most suited to you and your style can be tricky, here are a few variant factors to make your choice easier!
The two most common worn collar styles for a dress shirt are the Spread and the Point Collar. When choosing a collar, it is good to think about how you will be wearing it, mostly with a tie? Or are you looking for a shirt that transition well into a casual look?
Which collar most suits your face shape?
What type of tie will you be wearing? Is it for a tuxedo shirt where you might wear a bow tie? Here are a few pointers on how to choose your collar.

Spread collars

A spread collar is made to have wider collar points. Compared to a point Collar, the spread is angled outwards instead of pointing down.  It is paired well with a full or half Windsor tie knot or if you are designing a tuxedo shirt and you want to wear a bow tie.  This is a modern twist to traditional attire.

We have three different types of spread collars varying on the angle of the collar point.

  • The Semi Cutaway
  • The medium Cutaway
  • Full Cutaway

When choosing the type of cutaway it is good to consider how you might accessories your shirt with and for what occasion. If you are wearing a tie every day a medium or a full cutaway gives more room for the tie knot and gives a more formal look. It is also a nice option to do a full cutaway with a bowtie if you are designing a tux shirt or planning to wear your shirt to a wedding or an event.

The Semi cutaway is very popular as it looks great with a tie and also transitions well into a more casual look, for instance without a tie and unbuttoned.

Semi Cutaway

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Full Cutaway

 

 

Point Collars

A point collar has a narrower distance than a spread between the two collar points. When it is buttoned up all the way, it is a smaller enclosure for the tie knot. It is a more traditional style and remains a very classic look. When unbuttoned, the collar holds a nice shape and transitions well into casual attire.

We do three different types of forward points; this is depending on the size of the collar.

  • Forward Point
  • Small forward point
  • Slim forward point

A forward point is one of the most traditional collars; it looks great with a tie and without, can work well as a formal shirt along with a casual, the small forward point is a nice balance of modern and formal as the collar is slightly smaller than a regular forward point.

You would typically choose a slim forward point when designing a casual shirt, as the collar is smaller and is harder to fit a tie, however it looks great if you are looking for something more modern.

Forward Point

Small Forward Point

Slim Forward Point

 

How to choose the best collar for your face shape

It can be difficult to choose the right collar for your face shape, and to know what is the most flattering.

If you have a more rounded jaw line, Narrow forward point collars help to elongate and thin out the face. The best style collars are the forward point or the slim forward point, equally for a more casual look the button down or concealed button down is a good alternative.

Equally For a square jaw line, the forward point collars are better whereas a diamond or Oblong shape face suit the wider more spread collars; you need the cutaway or full cutaway to give your face the appearance of fullness and the jaw line to appear wider.

 

 

Introducing: The Stain Proof Custom Shirt

A stain proof custom shirt that actually breathes seems completely unheard of and too good to be true. Yet ground breaking technology has made it possible to create such a wonder of a fabric, and now we at ManuelRacim have the pleasure of offering them to our customers, available in premium white and azure blue.

How The Stain Proof Custom Shirt Works

Induo has developed a patented technology which includes an all natural cotton fiber, that contains a tex membrane that not only repels sweat, liquids, and stains but also breathes, so is just as comfortable throughout a day.  Test it with anything, coffee, juice, wine, and notice that the genius membrane completely prevents the liquid from absorbing into the fabric. It’s like an invisible shield. Keep in mind that they will also be easier to treat.

How To Wear The Stain Proof Custom Shirt

Anywhere! The fabric is still the same soft, breathable cotton that we offer at ManuelRacim, and essentially you will not notice how the shirt is different, until you spill on it, or sweat through it, and realize that life has gotten easier. In our opinion, this is the perfect shirt for travel, when you have to pack light, and must trust your clothing to last through several days. Trust us, it has never been easier to look good. Shop the looks below!

Stain Proof Custom Shirt – Premium White

Stain Proof Custom Shirt – Azure Blue

How To Wear Linen Shirts

Linen shirts are staple classics for any summer wardrobe, but it might be hard to navigate exactly how to wear it. There are more ways than one to style a linen shirt, and we are happy give you the scoop!

The Casual Linen Look

Casual linen is easy. Opt for a soft button down collar and a simple pocket. The American placket makes it even more casual. Wear it untucked with your favorite shorts, a pair of khakis, or white jeans. It’s a great excuse to choose a bright color, as the light fabric tones it down, and the look itself is already simple. Get the mint green linen shirt here!

The Uniform Linen Look

A soft and light fabric like linen is a great contrast to a uniform look. Choose shoulder straps and double breasted pockets, for the uniform look, and wear just as well unbuttoned with a white T-shirt underneath. Pick an neutral hue like this sandy beige, and pair it with earthly colored pants. Get it here!

The Contrasted Linen Look

Feeling trendy? Get a deep blue linen shirt with a flower contrast on the inside. This type of linen shirt is at its best when it is short sleeved, and paired with denim shorts or pants. Top it off with some dapper sunglasses, and your look is complete. Get it here!

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All Men’s Holiday Attires

Attention all men, your holiday attire does matter! It’s the time of the year when you reunite with family, good friends and old friends, and you want to look your best! Here’s a look at our favorite holiday shirts.

The “home for Christmas” shirt

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Albini Brushed Cotton $165

Take some days to lounge at home in this ultra comfortable flannel shirt. The pale blue and beige hues are subtle and stylish, and you.

The “not so ugly” christmas shirt

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Thomas Mason Limited Edition $345

Step up your game for this holiday’s dinner parties, and the ugly holiday sweaters with this beautiful red checkered shirt. You’re bound to be the most stylish guest at any family or friendly gathering.

The New Years Eve Shirtmr-purple-side

Albini Poplin $165

Time to get fancy! The hottest colors of the season are all dark, and with this burgundy fabric you have won the party. Pair it with your best black or charcoal suit, and match with a dark tie or bow tie, and the party is yours

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Dress Code

When you are invited to be a guest at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, it might be difficult to know know what the dress code is. A Bar or Bat Mitzvah, is the celebration of jewish boys and girls coming of age, a ceremony that takes place around the age of thirteen. It is quite traditional, and a major event! Usually the event is set as formal or semi formal, which is a good indicator for what you should wear. Here is a quick look!

The Formal Bar/Bat Mitzvah Dress Code

 

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Formal dress code bar bat mitzvah

 

At conservative bar/bat mitzvahs, a suit or a sport jacket is generally called for. Opt for a formal white dress shirt. A bright colored tie is welcomed, but be careful with loud prints. If you want to be safe, choose a plain silk tie, or a even a bow tie. You are welcome to wear cufflinks as an extra detail, however, this is not mandatory. Notice how you can add contrast details to the interior collar, that will only be visible while the collar is unbuttoned!

The Semi Formal Bar/Bat Mitzvah Dress Code

 

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For more liberal bar/bat mitzvahs, which tends to often be a semi formal event, a shirt, slacks, and dress shoes will do the job. You can easily wear a colored shirt. Our examples is first a multicolored gingham in faded green and blue, which offers some differentiation to a normal dress shirt. During the summer season, a subtle print can certainly be worn, and we encourage you to try something different, by adding contrast to your interior collar!

For The Bar/Bar Mitzvah Guest Of Honor

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If you are attending a Bar Mitzvah, which is the celebration for boys, a made-to-measure shirt might just be the perfect gift, as it can be a memory for life. At ManuelRacim, the shirt can not only be customized with contrast fabrics and threading, but also with a monogram or a message, to remember the special day.

 

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French Cuff vs Buttoned Cuff

A frequently asked question is when to wear a French cuff and when to wear a buttoned cuff. It might not be as hard to answer as you’d think, but there are several helpful guidelines to finding a style for your dress shirts that you are comfortable with.

French Cuff

Here is some basic information. The French cuff is also referred to as a double cuff, because the fabric of it is folded over, and has two layers. You will also need cufflinks in order to wear this style. There are also other types of cuffs that can be worn with a cufflink.

French Cuff

So when can you actually wear this style? While it is a common choice for a tuxedo shirt, the answer is that you can wear French cuffs whenever you want. It is an appropriate look for office wear, it allows you to customize your outfit, and dress it up or down as you wish. Wear a sharp pair of antique cufflinks when you dress to impress, and stick with casual silk knots for an average Tuesday at work. Feel free to skip the tie! Read more about how to wear French cuffs with no tie here.

french cuffs look

Buttoned Cuff

The buttoned cuff is more commonly used, as it is easier to wear. This look doesn’t need much explanation, it’s a barrel cuff, attached with one or more buttons, normally available in different finishes, such as square, round or notched.

Buttoned CuffA buttoned cuff can be used whenever, but you might want to give some more thought to the rest of the details as you wear it, so your outfit isn’t too simple. Choose a fresh fabric, or style your look with a sharp tie and a pocket square. If you get custom shirts, you can choose colored buttons for the shirt design, or a contrast fabric on the inside of the cuff, in order to add a subtle flair.

Buttoned Cuff Look

Which Look Is Your Favorite?

This Month’s Best Dressed Male Celebrities

Our male celebrities have stepped up their game for the summer season, and seem to all be competing for the best dressed title. We can only love, and draw inspiration from the different looks. Have a peek at our favorite looks of the Month!

Chris Evans

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Practically taken right out of the ManuelRacim how-to book, Chris Evans paired a black dotted shirt with a grey suit and a polka dotted tie. A fresh pair of sunglasses finishes off the look on a summer day.

Will Arnett

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This is the suit you need for summer! Will Arnett looks effortlessly cool with his shirt unbuttoned and a pair of shades in his breast pocket that perfectly matches his shoes. Note that this jacket can easily be worn with jeans or slacks as well.

Simon Pegg

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Simon Pegg wears his chambray shirt with a military green bomber jacket and camel loafers. Styled with blue jeans and ray bans, it’s a classic casual look. We love it!

Johannes Huebl
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Talk about effortlessly cool, Johannes Huebl throws a white button down collared shirt over black jeans and dark shoes. It’s the perfect outfit for a traveler.

Alexander Skarsgaard

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Leave it up to our swedish friend Alexander Skarsgaard to teach you how to wear a short sleeved shirt. Hawaii style, floral, any loud print will work with this kind of shirt this season. Also notice the loafers worn with no socks.

David Beckham

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Spotted at Wimbledon, David Beckham is sporting everything we love about the club collar. Styled as a white contrast on a blue pattern shirt, a three-piece suit and a striped tie, Beckham gets a 10 out of 10 in our book.

3 Blue Dress Shirts That Save Your Outfit

You have blue, white, pink and patterned dress shirts, but putting together an outfit, and suiting up in the morning, can sometimes be difficult. You make so many other decisions throughout the day, that color combinations and accessorizing do not deserve top priority. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t opt to look your best. Here are 3 different blue (and not so boring) shirts that will easily save any outfit.

 

The Blue Striped Shirt

Blue striped dress shirt

A blue striped shirt is a wardrobe staple, and a safe choice for any shade of blue or grey suit. The shirt has a cutaway collar, a single barrel notched cuff, and minimal detailing. Wear it with a windsor tie knot, easily style the look with a brown belt and matching shoes, and the outfit is a winner.

The Blue Gingham ShirtBlue micro checked dress shirt

The dark blue micro gingham shirt has a few more casual details, but can be just as sophisticated. At the office, this shirt is worn best with a four in hand tie and a charcoal or navy suit. For happy hour, let the tie go and sport a relaxed unbuttoned collar.

The Blue Friday Shirt

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No tie needed for this look! The blue turquoise gingham shirt is contrasted with a solid color in the same hue, on the inside of the collar and cuff. Start the weekend off right, and wear this shirt with a pair of gray slacks, and an unbuttoned collar. Casual Friday never looked this good. 

4 Effortless Ways For a Guy To Improve The Everyday Look!

There are are plenty of ways for a guy to improve his everyday look, hence be more attractive, and it is not necessarily a long process at all, but rather a few quick tricks to use throughout a day! Add small habits into your routine and make a big change!

Care about the details of your look

The details matter gentlemen. Put a pocket square in your jacket. Sport a tie clip. Wear your favorite watch. Polish your shoes. make sure your suit is pressed. It is all the small things accumulated that improve the presentation!

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Take a look in the mirror

You might think that the ladies are a tad too eager to look themselves in the mirror, but you’d be better off following their lead to a certain extent. It’s worth checking every once in a while that your hair still looks good, that there’s nothing in your teeth, your tie is straight, and there are no stains to be spotted.

Look in the mirror

Take pointers from guys on the street

You can take pointers on do’s and don’ts regarding fashion pretty much everywhere you go, specially if you live in New York! Take time to observe the people around you, see what works and get inspiration for dressing from the people who do it best; The New Yorkers.

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Dress yourself – Own your look

Your clothes are a big part of your identity, which is why it should come from you, and not your significant other. Take style advice from both men and women, but make sure to have the last word in what you eventually wear. You’ll feel more comfortable and purposely dressed.

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How To Suit Up For A Wedding

The wedding season is up, and many gents are wondering how to suit up for the occasion! There are plenty of ways to crack the code and look your appropriate best for the newlyweds!

Pay attention to the invitation!

The invitation you receive to a wedding will include an indicator of what attire is appropriate for the evening. Pay attention to key words such as “black tie” or formal. Here are the most common dress codes for weddings, and how to sport them all!

The Black Tie Wedding

Black Tie Wedding

The ladies will be wearing goings, and you want to opt for a tuxedo for this occasion. Choose between a tie or a bow tie, and add a black vest to obtain the full look. The boldest gents can replace the vest with a cummerbund. For a summer wedding, you might be able to wear a black suit instead of a tuxedo. Our recommended shirt look is either a bib, or a covered placket.

The Semi Formal Wedding

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While you still want to opt for a formal suit and tie at a semi formal wedding, the time of the event can be a great indicator. If the reception is set in the evening, make sure to wear dark colors, and a dark tie as well. For a daytime reception, feel free to sport some lighter colors. A normal white dress shirt with a french or american placket will suffice for this attire.

The Casual Wedding

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You are welcome to, but not obligated to wear a tie for this one! Sport some dress pants or khaki’s with a light shirt and a blazer or a sport jacket, choose a casual tie or wear your collar button open!