The Contrast Collar

I came across this shirt during a recent Goodwill trip:

Now, in any normal circumstance, I wouldn’t think twice about pulling the trigger, as this is a New England Shirt Company dress shirt in my size.  It’s in perfect condition, hardly worn, and the $5 price tag completes this trifecta.  I love these shirts, and have quite a few from NESC.   Most I find are from men’s stores, and the “Made in New England” tag on the inside of the collar is the indicator that you have found a really good one…

The only thing about this particular shirt that gave me pause was the contrasting collar.  You don’t see these around that often, and are generally associated with the 80’s and “excess”:

“Greed is good”

Regardless, I pulled the trigger.  I like it, and this is how I’m going to wear it:  Hand ironed (no starch).  No tie.  Since the collar isn’t fused, it will lay nicely, giving it a more casual vibe.  Broken in Levis, a cool leather belt, and snuff suede loafers (sans socks).  Top it off with a good Navy blue sport coat and I’ll be very good to go.  That’s a look that works with the contrasting collar shirts.

What do you think? Are you down for this kind of neck party?



  1. The Chairman
    09/07/2015 / 2:11 PM

    The Locker Room is a valuable asset to the well dressed in Montgomery.

    Good find.

  2. Roger c? Russell LL
    09/08/2015 / 3:38 AM

    I love the contrasting collar. I have kept one or two in my closet since the 80’s when I was in college. I was never aware, until I started reading blogs that it was not part of a traditional choice in clothing. I will have to say, I could care less that it is not included. If you like it then wear it. I personally wish I could get my hands on a little 80’s excess! I’ll take some unpolitical thought as well.

  3. Billy
    09/08/2015 / 7:24 AM

    Great find! Great store! There is a Locker Room in Auburn as well as Montgomery…just in case you are headed this way mid-November!

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