X or The Anatomy of the Collar

Once again I have been beaten by the letter X. So instead I thought I would explain all the different bits of a collar since I have been dropping the names all month – better late than never right!

Anatomy of the Collar


Parts of a collar:

  • stand – a band of varying height that fits closely around the neck and to which the collar can be attached.
  • roll line/fold line – where a folding collar folds over on itself
  • fall – the distance between the fold line and the edge of the collar
  • spread – the distance between the collar points
  • collar points – the tips at the front of the collar. Can be pointed or rounded
  • lapel/rever – grown-on pieces of the garment that attach to the collar and fold back, showing the facing of the garment and creating a more open neckline
  • notch – the space created when lapels attach to a collar
  • break line – where the fold on the lapels naturally occurs. The position of the break line is often determined by the closure point on the garment

There are 3 main types of collar:

armani collezioni
Armani Collezioni

The Stand Collar

Consists of just the stand and sits up on the neckline.E.g. The Mandarin Collar

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3.1 Phillip Lim

The Folding Collar

The collar is designed to fold or roll over from the neckline. Also called a Shirt Collar.      E.g. The Eton Collar


The Flat Collar

Has no stand and sits flat on the body. e.g. The Peter Pan Collar

While you can break the categories down a bit more, all collars, past and present, fit into these three categories.

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