Types Of Collars

examples of collars [2]


Decoration made up of one or two pieces of fine soft pleated fabric; it is attached at the base of the neck and spreads out over the chest.

sailor collar 

Collar that is square in back and has long lapels extending over the chest; it is fastened to a V-neck and, out of modesty, the plunging neckline is often concealed with a piece of fabric.

bow collar 

Collar made of a long strip of soft fabric sewn onto a round neck; it can be tied in front in various ways.

shawl collar 

Wide turned-down collar with long rounded lapels that partially cross in front.

Peter Pan collar 

Flat collar of uniform width with rounded tips; it is sewn onto a fairly open neck.

dog ear collar 

Turned-down collar characterized by long, fairly wide points, which are rounded at the tips.

tailored collar

Collar whose fold covers the back of the neck; its lapels form a V where they cross on the chest.

shirt collar click to hear

Collar with rounded or tapered points that is sewn onto the neck and turned down along a fold line, which is higher in back than in front.

Collar: piece sewn onto a garment that finishes or adorns the neck.

examples of collars [3]


High-necked collar that is folded over; it is usually snug around the neck and does not fasten.

cowl neck 

Turtleneck that is large enough to be draped over the head, making a kind of hood that frames the face.

polo collar 

Turned-down pointed collar fastened with a buttoned placket, which ends at mid-chest.

stand-up collar 

Collar made of a narrow strip of fabric that sticks up from a round neck; its edges meet in front but do not fasten.

mandarin collar

Stand-up collar with rounded upper points that come together at the neck, forming a V.

bertha collar 

Collar made of a strip of fabric of variable width and attached to the edge of a neckline or round neck.


Piece of delicate, pleated or gathered fabric that adorns the neck of a dress; its shape has varied greatly from one period to another.



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2 Responses to Types Of Collars

  1. mh

    I’d never heard of a Bertha collar before. Where in the world did that name originate, I wonder?

    I thought of a few more collars for you to add:
    1. Wing collar (my personal favorite)
    2. Henley collar (Women’s casual sweaters and tees have had this type of collar for years (no doubt borrowed from men), though it is admittedly a much more casual shirt than those you picture.)
    3. Mockneck
    4. Split collar, or Johnny collar on a pullover/jumper or tee shirt. Like a shirt collar, except there is no shirt. … Except it looks like there is a wide difference of opinion, there, too. (I just googled both names.)

    5. I thought of the Nehru collar, too, when I saw your sketches of the mandarin and military collars. Wikipedia says the Nehru collar was just for jackets, not shirts, but then neither is the military one you picture. It looks like the only difference between these collars is what happens below the collar, i.e., the part that is not a collar. 😉 They all have a vertical opening except for the mandarin. And the mandarin is the only one that has rounded corners. Can you think of any other stand-up collars that are rounded?

    6. These 3 reminded me of another type of stand-up collar that all men used to wear in the early 20th century, at least in the US. (I think all over the world, though.) The collar was not as high as the Nehru or military collar, but then it was for shirts, not jackets. It had buttons around the band for a man to attach his celluloid collar (not sure of the material). The celluloid could be wiped clean and didn’t need to be laundered. Sounds strange today, but it was the latest fashion then. So the band underneath wasn’t considered the actual collar. What was it called? Just a neckband? Buttonband? In the ’90s, I remember having a long linen shirt with a simple banded neck. The band had no buttons, of course, other than the one in the center front atop the vertical button band. I would think that this type has as much right to be called a collar as the others, but I’ve never heard it referred to by name. I’ve only heard it called a neckband. Does anyone know what I’m talking about? Is there a name for that type of collar? At least as it is worn today? (As a collar in its own right, not a button band for another collar.)

  2. mh

    PS to my comment above: There was a time when men wore collars that were rounded but folded over. On women’s blouses today, it’s called a Peter Pan collar. I don’t imagine that men would be too thrilled if we called theirs a Peter Pan collar. 😉 What was it called?

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