Can You Guess? A Pinned Club Collar Makes You….?


What does a pinned collar make you? Why, there’s only one answer:


The three-button undarted suit makes you trad, sunglasses worn with a suit make you cool, and the hat makes you retro.

Accessorize as you see fit, but once again Ivy Style HQ encourages you to consider adding a pinned collar in your buttondown rotate. Our two custom shirtmaking sponsors, Mercer & Sons and Michael Spencer, will be glad to help with either a straight or rounded collar.

And cheers to Haspel for this great vintage image. — CC

11 Comments on "Can You Guess? A Pinned Club Collar Makes You….?"

  1. Charlottesville | November 3, 2016 at 1:37 pm |

    Thanks for celebrating the pinned club collar, Christian. I started wearing them occasionally about 15 years ago after having seen them in old movies, TV shows and ads when Tom Davis at Brooks showed me an example. Ratio is also a good source. Very dapper and, along with the heyday-staple tab collar, a nice change from the button-down. I think J. Press still keeps collar pins in stock.

  2. Philly Trad | November 3, 2016 at 3:59 pm |

    Still waiting for an article on the tab collar. Got my first in 1961, and still wear them with suits.
    They were predominantly white broadcloth, as far as I remember.
    Mine still are.
    OCBDs I wear with blazers and sportcoats.

  3. Richard says he’s willing to opine but would love if someone can help procure a J. Press ad or catalog image of a tab, to help inspire the memories.

  4. Killer Style- Dean Stockwell wore a pinned club collar in the movie Compulsion. I admire the club collar but would probably feel uncomfortable wearing one. The way I might feel wearing pince-nez or a fedora. I will leave them to Tom Wolfe were they belong.



  5. Jack Kemp was famous for tab collar and pinned colar shirts.

  6. I’ve given up on finding a good off-the-shelf tab-collar shirt.

    I had a Malaysian BB shirt, but the collar was at least 3/4″ larger than marked, and it never shrank enough to fit. (Yes, I could have ordered a different size, but why do I have to guess about which to order? I haven’t bothered to look if they still offer them.)

    In desperation I tried Paul Frederick because the collar points looked to be the right length, but when I fastened the tab they were too close together and the look was really weird. Those went back. I tried Michael-Spencer, but the collar points I thought were too short and, when fastened, the collar space could accommodate only a 1963-type skinny tie. I don’t have any of those. Those shirts went to Goodwill.

    The Jack Kemp look is exactly what I’m after. His tab collars looked perfect to me.

  7. Jock Hamilton | November 4, 2016 at 11:02 am |

    This sort of advertising would never fly these days. Now that everyone worships at the alter of egalitarianism and Marxism, “sophistication” is a dirty word.

  8. Brooks Brothers carried a club collar shirt with eyelets for a collar pin as part of their Great Gatsby collection. They were the “cat’s pajamas” as they used to say on the late 20s.

  9. @Jock Hamilton
    Apparently you don’t read the right magazines.

  10. I seem to offend people by wearing a tie and slacks.
    Swap the suit trousers for jeans and lose the tie, I’d be assumed a hero VC.

    If I could move back to Tokyo I’d be tab or pin collar M-F and button down with tweed, silk or madras of Friday.

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