I’ve been on the hunt for some time for a round collar dress shirt, also know by the more technical term–club collar. The rounded collar was first seen in Berkshire, England. These collars come in and out of fashion periodically and are best for face shapes other than round. The round collar dress shirt is a rarity today in off-the-rack clothing which is a big reason why I had been having trouble finding it. I found one last year at Hugo Boss sample sale in NYC but it was cut too slim and didn’t fit, so the search continued.
Originally worn as part of English school uniforms the rounded collar was attached to the body of the shirt and signified elite membership in the most exclusive male clubs, hence the moniker “club” collar.
Often worn during the 1930′s the collar became one of the most custom-tailored variety of collars and was often seen in sporting environments and worn by famous socialites with square facial frames. Club collars can also be worn with a collar pin. Pinned collars were once the pinnacle of high class shirting. Pinned collars come with a hole in each side of the collar for a pin. Pinned or eyelet collars were popular during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. The pin pierces the collar fabric (or is placed through eyelets) under the tie pulling the wings of the collar together and raising the tie. Collar bars came later which slip or slide on the edges of the collar and don’t need to pierce the collar fabric.
Club Collar with Pin
Recently I was fortunate enough to find a vintage pinned club collar shirt with french cuffs. This is an extremely rare find and I was more than delighted to make the purchase. Now I’ll need to find a good collar pin and I’ll be all set.
You may remember when we discussed the fact that I don’t wear watches regularly although I own several. This is highly unusual for a man of style, but it happens to be my taste. For those men who do love to wear watches and get enjoyment out of them I’d like to introduce you to Victorinox Swiss Army Watches
Most men have heard of the Swiss Army Knife. Well, this watch is made of the same high quality materials, handcrafted by the same meticulous engineers, and carries the same world renowned reputation.
We particularly admire the Airboss Mach 3 for its structure, components and styling. The brown leather band is functional and can cross from work to play. The face is large enough to read without straining but not as big as saucer so it looks out of place on your wrist. Inspired by aviators and made for precision timing, you won’t have to worry about being late for your date or board meeting.
The Air Boss 3 is a mechanical chronograph with both timekeeping and stopwatch functions and a scratch resistant crystal face for those guys who like to play rough. It’s not the watch to wear to an opera, but strap it on for a weekend drive in the country, or for a ball game in the fall. Or maybe you’re the guy who this watch was made for—a pilot.
Lately we’ve been fielding questions about the appropriateness of wearing short sleeved shirts. This apparently has become a mini-crises in the minds of men since the weather has turned warmer and lots of folks have weighed in on the topic. You all know that we don’t not follow trends but this is obviously something men are concerned about and it should be addressed.The short sleeve shirt has its place in a man’s wardrobe. It is a variation of its long sleeve brother who is the gold standard we are familiar with. However, its usability is vastly different. Short sleeve shirts are meant for warm weather and climates, whereas long sleeve shirts are all-weather and can be worn year round. The majority of short sleeve shirts are designed for sport and play while the majority of long sleeve shirts are designed for work. Depending on your job, environment, climate, etc. a short sleeve shirt may be just the thing you need. If you live in Bermuda, work at McDonald’s, or don’t have a title that needs to be shortened into a three letter acronym (CEO), then short sleeve shirts are just fine. If you’re attending a BBQ, hanging out at the beach, or running errands on the weekend, by all means wear a short sleeve shirt and go about your merry way.
However, if you find your yourself behind a desk at work; your job title includes manager, supervisor, lead, CEO; or if you find yourself at restaurants with white table cloths, then you’ll just look like a putz in short sleeve shirt. We have yet to see a stylish man over history sporting a short sleeve shirt in a professional environment without criticism or critique. The garment is inherently casual and sporty and should stay that way.
If you’ve decided to take the plunge and drop a few stones on a couple good short sleeve shirts you best know how and when to wear them. If the bottom of the shirt is curved it usually should be tucked in, but due to the relaxed nature of the shirt this is left up to the wearer. Flat bottomed shirts are designed to be untucked. If you leave it untucked it should not cover your bottom like a long sleeve shirt. Similar to polo shirts the sleeves should hit mid bicep and while they should show off your arms they shouldn’t be tight. The collar can be regular turn down or button down. Most short sleeve shirts will come without collar stays which lends itself to the casual wearer even further and they can have a pocket or no pocket with a short placket or long. Throw one on in gingham, plaid, or solid in cotton, chambray or linen with your chino shorts, boat shoes, straw fedora and aviator sunglasses and you’re good to go.
Most grown men may not have seen a pimple on their face since high school, but others with skin problems such as sensitive skin or razor bumps may still have unexpected breakouts. Since your face is your most important physical asset a man needs to keep it clean and clear. In steps tea tree oil. This natural oil helps treat that pesky breakout on the spot. It attacks the blemish at its root and penetrates it to zap it away. Try Burt’s Bee’s version. Keep it in your dopp kit when you travel and your medicine cabinet at home. You never know when a breakout will; well–breakout.