Collarless shirts which have otherwise been known as the grandpa collar is a subtle and stylish alternative to help mix up your casual look.
These types of shirts can not only blend in with casual settings but can also look smart in semi-formal settings. If you’re looking to be unique at occasions and not look like you’ve spent hours going through a pile of clothes and ended with little success, the granddad collar is a nice option.
In a world where conventional turndown collars hold the forte, a band collar or a well-styled collarless shirt will be enough to catch the attention of people that admire you.
This shirt dates back to the 1920s where it was adopted as a staple by flat-capped newspaper boys and prohibition-era hooch smugglers in the city of New York ad a working man’s shirt.
It was designed to be worn without a tie, which was perhaps the reason why it fell out of favour with men as time went by except for the grandpas until it recently enjoyed a revival.
What Material Is It Made From?
The band collar like most other shirts in similar category is made of linen or cotton. Some have an added layer of slightly-crinkled casualness, before a grandad collar sits a little looser around the neck.
The collar is usually looser that that of a normal dress shirt and it shouldn’t look tight or feel restrictive, just as the back tail should sit midway down your back pockets.
Your collarless shirt should have a retro look without the discomforting appearance of a dress-up party costume.
It should lie between a casual and semi-formal look, in such a way that it injects a slightly formal touch to your casual wear and a slightly casual touch to your formal wear.
Where Can I Wear It To?
A collarless shirt can obviously not be worn with a tie and as such, cannot be worn to formal occasions or any black-tie event. It however has a distinctive twist that makes it a conventional smart casual wear.
It is thus, suitable for semi-formal gatherings and a white band collar will pair nicely with a black, navy or beige linen suit. You can wear a nice pair of brogues and patterned socks beneath rolled-up pant trousers to complement your overall outfit.
When worn as a casual outfit, the collarless shirt can help to produce a more relaxed vibe than any conventional collar can. You can also choose to wear them with denims to obtain a laid back option, especially when you do so while sporting a placket that only extends midway down the chest.
This will usually blend in well with a pair of beige chinos and simple bright white sneakers.
In the alternative, you can wear a light powder blue or white collarless shirt with dark denims and a trendy pair of loafers to complement your appearance.
This look would rock weekend outings, especially one when you want to head out for a drink at somewhere that is a little more dressy than local Street side bars.