In a previous article I mentioned how not all button up shirts are the same. Depending on design, fabric type, and how the shirt is cut will determine how it can be worn (casual vs business casual vs formal).
In that article I focused on highlighting the utility shirt. A great casual button up option for those looking to create a more rugged aesthetic with their style.
The collarless shirt is a type of button up shirt that many men tend to overlook (me included) which is a mistake.
These shirts are a fantastic option to include in your wardrobe and a type of shirt that will help you stand out from the crowd.
Collarless shirts are really just like any other button up shirt but without the traditional turned-down collar. Many refer to them as band collar shirts as they have a thin, flat band of cloth that runs around the neck.
Back in the day button up shirts actually had removable collars. White collar workers would attach a collar to their shirt and wear it with a tie while blue collar laborers would go without a collar.
Band collar shirts have come a long way since then and are no longer considered to be exclusively workwear. These days you’ll see guys wearing band collar shirts in a variety of different ways:
So now that I’ve got you interested (or at least curious) at the prospect of adding collarless or band collar shirt to your rotation I’m sure you’re wondering, which company makes a good one?
They released a new line of collarless shirts not too long ago and they were kind enough to send one over to Eli to review.
And once again they did not disappoint.
Here’s what it looks like:
As you can see the shirt looks outstanding. This is their Minimalist Collarless Shirt in Olive Green which Eli has paired beautifully with some navy stretch chinos from Club Monaco and a pair of Strands from Allen Edmonds. Of course, he’s going sockless as well which is a key style move during the summer season.
Overall, this is a beautiful look when you need to be “put together” but not overly done up. Think date nights with your wife/girlfriend, cocktails at a fancy bar or restaurant, or even a day at the office.
Ultimately, what I love about Batch shirts is their quality. Handmade, 100% mercerized cotton, mother of pearl buttons…these are not your run-of-the-mill button up shirts. You will literally feel the difference when you put on a Batch shirt.
And the price? Hard to beat. The collarless shirt you see Eli wearing is $78 USD.
For those of you who are not too keen on the green (it definitely won’t look good on everybody), Batch has many other options, including several varieties with chest pockets.
I’ll be honest, I definitely consider myself to be a collared shirt guy. I’ve always felt that a collared shirt framed the face better but after seeing this shirt on Eli I’ve become a collarless shirt convert. There is just something clean and sleek about it. I think this has a lot to do with the great design of the shirt.
One thing I need to mention is that Eli actually had this particular shirt darted (i.e. taken in around the midsection). Eli has a significant drop between his chest and waist measurements with his waist being particularly slim. He also favours a much trimmer fit which works well with his physique. I think for the vast majority of guys you will not need to dart or tailor the shirt. I know I haven’t had any issues. A medium shirt from Batch fits me really well and I’m somewhere around 6’0″ and 180-185lbs.
Can you wear a collarless shirt with shorts?
Absolutely. Tucked or untucked it’s up to you. One thing I will suggest is to roll up the sleeves on the shirt to give it a more carefree aesthetic. I’d also favour a pair of driving mocs over sneakers but that’s just me.
If you’re interested in branching out your button up shirt game I highly recommend looking into a collarless option. They are incredibly stylish and a great way to separate yourself from the pack.
Check out Batch Shirts and pick out your favourite one today.
Here’s to looking sharp!