MTM Contrast Club Collar Shirt


[Photos by Sebastian P.]

Part of my admiration for clothing is the nostalgia and functionality that comes with it.  Outside of craftsmanship and attention to detail, the purpose of dress has always been fascinating.  Before “trends” were the anchor of design, everything had a purpose.  Not to say that trends weren’t relevant decades ago, but in today’s world, functionality seems to be lost upon us at times.  I could talk about functionality for pages and pages, but that is a topic for another day (and it will be!). The focus of this post, as well as the product highlighted, is that of nostalgia.

A particular style and dress can take you back into time in an instant.  It’s an exceptional thing.  You see this so prevalent in movies and on tv – the clothing is essential to taking you back into time and getting lost in an era of the past (see, trends are not always a negative).  I find “vintage” items or pieces inspired from a previous time to be one of the most exciting attributes to incorporate in a look.  I look at it as an ode to a time that is full of inspiration – a time I continue to look back to for inspiration whether it be the 20’s, the 50’s, or wherever.  I used this inspiration in my latest MTM shirt commission from Hockerty – a white contrast rounded collar shirt.

The contrast collar shirt has been associated with the Gordon Gekkos of the world.  The business elite.  A status symbol of the rich, or perceived to be rich.  Me, I don’t see it that way.  The contrast collar is likely to be a result of the detachable collars that were standard on shirts after its debatable inception in the early 1820s.  There is much history and reason for the detachable collar, but I enjoy the tidbit that collars were switched out more frequently than the full shirt because it soiled quicker, as most men are aware of.  There you go – a nice bit of nostalgia and function that has inspired a modern day design.

This specific shirt is from Hockerty and features an oxford cloth with a blue stripe, while the collar is an oxford of a different texture.  Hockerty nailed the fit on this one, and I’m hoping to give their tailoring a shot at some point.  To pair with this beautiful shirt, my go-to navy number from PointClickTailor, Proper Cloth knit tie, Allen Edmonds kicks, and you’ll notice the ring and lapel pin from L’Arte Nascosta which will be discussed in length at another time.


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