Resurgence of the tab collar?

Often it only takes one person to revive a trend and this time that person could be Daniel Craig. Bond’s style in Skyfall is less extroverted than previous films however it’s the attention to the finer details we notice throughout the movie, most notably his tab collar shirt by Tom Ford. The tab collar was made famous by The Duke of Windsor and reveled in the the 1920’s. It had a mild revival in the 60’s and early 70’s before collar bones and stiffeners became the norm in men’s dress shirts. The tab collar uses a clip attached to each side of the collar to maintain the collars form and elevate the necktie keeping the knot in place providing a streamlined look.

Tab collar open.

I think everyone has been a culprit of fussing with their tie throughout a night, it’s something you can get very caught up in, making constant adjustments. Now it’s not just the knot you have to get right, it’s also about getting that desired elevation and keeping it, so the knot and tie jut out from your neck perfectly throughout the course of wearing it. Personally I’d be happy with as much assistance in this department as I can get and this is why I think the tab collar may find it’s way back into the modern man’s wardrobe. As men we are constantly impressed by the small differences each other make, the next thing to give us the edge over the next man. The tab collar makes this easy by providing that little hint of added detail whilst maintaining the collar and neck tie form we desire. Be sure to keep an eye out in the coming months as designers and brands follow Tom Ford’s lead and revive their own version of the tab collar shirt. If looking like Bond is something you’re interested in (and what man isn’t) then it may well become a staple item in your wardrobe.


James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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