Contrast-Collars are Back

Slowly but surely, over the past few months, we have noticed a trend that had its last moment in the sun in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s: the contrast-collar dress shirt.

The contrast-collar dress shirt experienced a popular renaissance shortly after Wall Street was released in 1987, when Gordon Gekko epitomized the corporate raider in a contrast-collar shirt, braces, and tie. It wasn’t long before every major shirt manufacturer produced shirts with white collars and white French cuffs. The look lasted well into the mid-1990s before falling out of favor.

Recently, the look has been revived, with everyone from APC to Zegna re-interpreting the style. Ike Behar has released one of the most brash & beautiful contrast-collar shirts I have ever seen: one in Pink and one in Light Blue. The photography does not do them justice yet (we’re working on that), but the collars & cuffs actually have a razor thin blue stripe on them, and the body fabrics are an extremely fine cotton with a little sheen to them.

Even more recently, in the movie Iron Man, military industrialist and villain — is that redundant? — Obadiah Stane reinforces the contrast-collar shirt’s reputation as the look for the evil businessman, or those that want to act like one.

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Wingtip Founder & CEO, Ami Arad is the quintessential modern gentleman. He has distinctive taste, an eclectic style, and dresses for every occasion. Ami developed his vision for Wingtip at a young age; even back in high school where four years of speech and debate meant weekends wearing a coat and tie, he was in his element. Years of working in upscale men’s clothing stores and socializing in cigar shops, coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit, inspired Ami to develop Wingtip, a men’s specialty store and private social club.


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