How to select shirt collar based on face shape

Most men wear a standard traditional point collar shirt or button down, or by habit or because stores do not offer other choices. The problem is that these collars may not flatter the shape of your face. Here is a simple guide to help you decide which collar style looks best for you.

The basic rule

Do not wear dress shirt collars that have the same shape as your face. It will not complement your face shape, but rather to focus, which is often not a good idea to suit your face shape.

Round face

Round Face

If You have full cheeks with a rounded jaw line. Narrow point collars help to thin and elongate a round face. Top collar styles for you to have legal issues with a traditional or narrow gap. Stick to a traditional view to the versatility, the button and hidden button for a sportier look, narrow point for a fashion look and collar tab for a formal, elegant evening.

Best Collars: Standard Point, Button Down, hidden button down, and Tab Collar.

Traditional button down collar Narrow point collar Traditional spread collar Hidden button down collar Classic Tab Collar

Worst Collars: Average spread widely spread, and spread Varsity.

Prevent the spread collars, they make your face appear wider and fuller.


Square Face

Square Face Shape

IF you have a square jaw line, giving your face a large, square, angular appearance. Square faces bring more traditional point collar shirts for versatility, narrow point collars for a fashion look, button and hidden button for a sporty look and tab collar shirt for a formal look.

Best Collars: Standard Point, Button Down, hidden button Down, and Tab Collar.

Traditional button down collarHidden button down collarTraditional spread collarClassic Tab Collar

Prevent the spread collars, they make your face appear wider and fuller.

Worst Collars: Average spread widely spread, and spread Varsity.


Diamond or triangular face

Diamond face shape

If you have pronounced cheekbones and a narrow, pointed chin, giving your face a "diamond." To make your jaw line appear wider, choose shirts with a spread collar means wide distribution.

Best Collars: Average spread, widely spread, and spread Varsity.

Side spread / Cut-away collar styleEnglish wide spread collar

avoid narrow spread collars, including button collars, they make the jaw appear weak.

Worse collars: Button Down Collar, point, hidden button Down, and Tab.


Oblong or rectangular face

Oblong face shape Rectangular Face

Oblong faces tend to appear long with a jaw line U-shaped You need collars with a wider distribution to give your face the appearance of fullness. Choose medium spread collars for everyday and wide spread collars for a formal look.

Best Collars: Average spread, widely spread, and spread Varsity.

Side spread / Cut-away collar style English wide spread collar

Worse collars: Button Down Collar, point, hidden button Down, and Tab.

Avoid narrow spread collars, including button down, hidden button down and tab collars, they show the long, narrow face.


Oval face

Oval face shape

You're lucky if you have a oval face cut, because you can wear any style of collar. Enjoy traditional collars for everyday look, collar shirts for a sportier look casual, collars tab to look dapper, neat, or collars for widespread formal look.

Best Collars: Standard Point, Button Down, hidden button down, collar with tab, average spread, widespread, and spread Varsity.

Traditional button down collarHidden button down collarTraditional spread collarClassic Tab CollarSide spread / Cut-away collar style English wide spread collar

Seek advice and assistance

To determine your face shape, ask a family member or friend. You can also seek advice from specialist clothing store for men or ask an image consultant.

Do not be afraid to try something new! Learn more about choosing and collar styles look great on you will improve your appearance and make you tons of compliments, it might even help you advance your career.

Where can I find a good selection of styles shirt collar?
Department stores usually carry only the basic styles. You better go shopping in a specialty store for men or find a bespoke tailor who specializes in dress shirts. If you still cannot find the right style dress shirt collar for you, check online. It may be just one click!

A bespoke shirt may be your best option.
You'll be amazed how affordable custom shirts can be made. Custom made shirts allow you a better selection of styles and fabrics. They match your budget and your body both perfectly.