The Tab Collar

Tab Collar

tiie dress Shirt he Prince of Wales is generally credited with introducing the tab collar to high society. 1 oming into its own during the late 1920s and early 1930s, it flirted briefly with fashion once main m the 1960s \lthough it> popularity has waned due to the inexorable casual i/at ion of male fashion, the tab collar remains a favorite of those seeking that extra nuance ol nattiness.

I he tab collar must be designed perfectly for the tie knot to rest comfortably in its open in g Npecial tabs fasten to each other under the tie's knot to hold the collar's points in place, thrust ing the shirt collar and necktie knot higher up under the wearer's chin. Long necked men welcome the tabs higher positioning, while the round or square shaped visage appreciates its longitudinal symmetry Originally a special brass stud secured the collar to the neckband w hile connecting the collar tabs. loday. with pre attached tab collar dress shirts, a snap or a button and buttonhole apparatus is usually substituted. However, as with most old world wear ables the original brass stud still projects a more polished sophistication than its less visual modern surrogates.

Britain's answer to the stylish supremacy of America's I red Astaire was their own tony thespian and hoofer Jack Buchanan, "lb be called a "Buchanan' was a compliment, suggesting the recipient knew his way around a fitting room And this Buchanan guy could outfit himself with t he best of them.

Jack Buchanan, the always natty hoofer, and Britain's answer to America's Fred Astaire.

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