Wearing a Mao Collar

There are other measures of self-respect for a man than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   

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Photos by Jacob Medina


 

A Mao or Band Collar is a standing band-shaped collar that encircles the neck without a full turn-down or a collar "cape". Since Mao collars are short and do not fold over, neckties are not worn with Mao-collared dress shirts. It is socially acceptable (and fashionable) to wear a Mao-collared shirt with a suit at many moderately formal occasions — even though no tie is worn.

Personal this is the first attempt to wear a Mao/Band collared shirt. Coming across English traditional work-wear tailor Lane Forty-five, I'd loved the simplicity of the style and the old-world finish. The idea on how to wear a Mao/Band collared shirt was to wear it like a roll-neck and either contrasting or bouncing color off other garments.

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Jacket & Pants by Oscar Hunt Tailors

Shirt by Lane Forty-five

Sunglasses by Bailey Nelson

Shoes by Alfred Sargent