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On a road trip to Cambridge, I picked up a silver collar pin at J. Press. I took such an immediate liking to it that I got a matching one in gold from the New York store as soon as I got home. It’s one of those pieces of “shirt jewelry” that can really change the look of an outfit even though it’s just a small detail. My lone tie bar was blown from my body this winter during one of our wind-fueled snow storms (the kind where you grab on to the nearest building for support), and I’ve had no desire to replace it. I think I’ll stick with collar pins. Of course if all your shirts are have buttondown collars, a collar pin doesn’t do you much good — unless you want to keep your collar unbuttoned but pinned, as some of the nouveau preps do. J. Press staunchly admonished me against this practice as I handed over my debit card. But according to Alan Flusser, whom I visited last week while on assignment for The Rake, there is historical precedent for this: Fred Astaire.
If you want to give collar pins a try, no need to seek out a special shirt with pre-cut eyelets. According to Paul Winston, a purist would rather pierce his collar, since different ties make different-sized knots. If the collar is unfused, the holes will disappear when you wash the shirt, enabling you to pierce the collar in a different place next time. Now for our image gallery. At the top is Dexter Gordon from 1963, while the guy below was featured in our post on Dizzy’s swellegant, elegant party:
One of many such images from Ralph Lauren:
Always admired this outfit:
Finally, collar pins have shown up previously in a number of Ivy Style posts, such as these below:
— CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD