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Old September 23rd, 2008, 09:56 AM
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I really don't know how to explain this, but I will try.

My husband has a white shirt that is pleated in the front, and a sort of pointed upward collar.

The bow tie goes on the front, and the black strip goes around the neck to the back.

This is for formal wear.

I noticed when watching the Emmys that the men in black suits had regular collar white shirts, and the bow tie at the front. There was no sign of that small thin black band that goes to the back.

Is what my husband has is okay, or did the style change.
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 10:59 AM
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May we suggest that you go to the following site to see the variables in formal shirt fashion, from Winged, Flat and Mandarin. All are acceptable and worn by one's personal tastes.

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Old September 23rd, 2008, 11:12 AM
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Thanks for suggestion.

I never thought of that.
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 06:06 PM
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Default Formal Shirt

I have both styles of formal shirts - one with the little "wings" and the black band of the tie around the back, and a conventional formal shirt (with pleats), and a normal collar. I use them interchangeably while on a cruise. I also have two different colors of tie/cummerbund which I also change.
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 08:00 PM
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I see both types of shirts while I'm cruising and different bow ties also. I personally have the type of bow tie that wraps around the neck. That works for me. My shirt is not pleated nor does it have the wings but it is doubled collered. The double collered shirt works well with my bow tie but it doesn't go well with my ascott.

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Old September 24th, 2008, 08:34 PM
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I am in NO way a stylist, GQ type guy, but if I remember correctly, the collar with the little "points" is called a wing collar and the collar similar to a regular shirt collar is called a point collar. The wing collar is "supposed" to be more formal (old English), but I have both kinds and frankly use them interchangeably with my tux.

I'm also like seadog2, I have several color/style ties and cumberbunds that can go from the formal black one to a wild multi-color paisley one (exclusively for cruises - my DW hates it!). I bought one tux and change it up with different ties/cumberbunds. Now if I can only keep from gaining weight and outgrowing my tux I may be able to use it more than twice!
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Old September 25th, 2008, 08:33 AM
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your husband will be just fine wearing the wing collar shirt
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Old September 25th, 2008, 04:17 PM
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All your questions answered
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Old September 27th, 2008, 08:59 PM
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Thanks everyone for your help, and also for the web page.
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