The Homemade Band Collar Shirt


If you’re like me, you probably have a few shirts tucked away in the back of your closet that hardly ever get worn. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t fit well in all of the right places (torso, sleeve, etc.), or maybe the collar is sloppy and doesn’t wear well on it’s on own.

Most of the time, that’s the reason why I might only wear a shirt a couple times before donating it to the thrift store. However, since I really love denim shirts and the way this one fits in particular, I wanted to keep it and figure out a way to make it work.

Therefore, I simply decided to cut the collar off and turn it into a band collar shirt. Not only, was it  extremely simple to do but it was the perfect way to put a new spin on an old shirt!


It’s extremely simple to create your own band collar shirt.

All you need to do is literally just cut the collar off, but make sure you’re only cutting the collar off and not the “band” piece of the shirt. If you cut it incorrectly, you will ruin the shirt altogether because the interlining will show and it will look raggedy and frayed.

If you’re a little more advanced and know your way around a sewing a machine, the best way to do it is to rip out the seam, take the collar completely out and then resew the neckband closed. This way you won’t have to worry about the collar fraying.


The other great thing about band collar shirts, is that it is a great summer time alternative. In fact, stores like J. Crew and H&M are starting to sell band collar shirts more often.

Fortunately, you can save yourself some time and money by just restoring one of your old shirts instead.


_MG_0049Jacket by Luciano Barbera, Shirt by H&M, Jeans by Levi’s, Shoes by Testoni

So if you have a shirt in your closet right now that fits perfectly, but the collar is a little dingy, stained, or just too flimsy…Go ahead and cut that collar off!

As always, thanks for reading!

Yours truly,

Akil McLeod
The Dapper Advisor

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  • Dear Dapper Advisor, i cut my collar off and i couldnt be happier. Guess i hadnt notice the way it was connected to the shirt. But it was effortless. Time to swag it up at work.

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