According to Juicy J, “Bandz a make her dance.” The half of Three6 Mafia who appears on Katy Perry tracks was referencing the bands used to wrap stacks of cash before dispensing with the bills at the strip club. But one would be forgiven for thinking that band collar shirts were responsible for eliciting a reaction from the fairer sex given the sharp selection available right now.
The band collar, also known as the Mandarin collar because of its origins in imperial China, doesn’t fold over the way most shirt collars do. Instead, the short collar stands straight up. While the most popular fan of the shirt style may be the James Bond villain Dr. No, today the band collar deserves a place in any stylish man’s closet. Buttoned up and tucked in it can be worn with a suit (just DO NOT wear a tie with it). Unbuttoned and untucked it looks effortlessly cool.
We found the best band collar shirts out there. Check them out.
Thom Browne Twill Shirt
Thom Browne’s signature red, white, and blue striping is perfectly suited for the band collar on this shirt.
Sid Mashburn Popover Shirt
The double front pockets give this shirt a Western vibe. But the casual popover style will have you planning an island getaway just so you can wear it.
H&M Collarless Shirt
A great value, this slim shirt is woven with a little bit of spandex. That allows it to stretch when you move without feeling like something that you’d wear to the gym.
Steven Alan Explorer Shirt
With three buttons exposed and the rest tucked behind a placket, this chambray shirt combines the look of a popover with the ease of a button-up.
Public School Layered-Sleeve Shirt
Designed to look like you’re wearing a short sleeve shirt over a long sleeve one, this version from Public School has both a street and a fashion forward appeal.
Sid Mashburn University Stripe Oxford
The traditional university stripe oxford is a timeless classic that gets a fresh update by removing the typical spread collar.
Maison Martin Margiela Coated Bib Tuxedo Shirt
If you really want to go formal with your band collar shirt, than this bib tuxedo version from Margiela is the way to go.