Grandad Collar VS Mandarin Collar Shirt

Try Shirts with one of these collars 

Fancy simplistic shirt designs but am getting bored with your usual plain shirts? Why not try on the granddad collar or Mandarin Collar shirt.

Mandarin Collar

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Also known as ‘Chinese collar’, a mandarin collar is a short unfolded stand-up collar style.

The edges of the collar either barely meet at the centre front or overlap slightly. Its style is derived from the gowns worn by Mandarins in Imperial China (hence the name). Source: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Snort Label


GrandadCollar (or Grandfather Collar) 

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Grandad Collar (aka Band Collar) is, simply put, a shirt collar without the fold up portion.

There is an interesting article here that takes us through the history of how Grandad collar came about. The style of shirt was also worn by working-class men in northern England during the industrial era.

The 2010s decade has also seen the garment feature as a mainstream fashion item for men. Source: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Snort Label  


Mandarin vs Grandad Collar

Many guys do not know the difference and from time to time can get confused with each other.

Here’s an article on Reddit that explains pretty well the difference between both. In essence, a Grandad Collar (also known as Band Collar) has a button on the collar itself while the Mandarin Collar doesn’t.

As such, a Mandarin Collar usually has a small gap in front. Mandarin collar shirts swing more towards the Chinese/ Asian look while a granddad towards England industrial age.


2 Ways to Rock The Grandad & Mandarin Collar Shirts

1) Layering

Grandad and Mandarin Collar, especially the ones in thin linen fabrics, goes really well with an inner piece. The layering look usually involves a slightly oversize granddad/ mandarin collar shirt with an inner tank top (singlet) or inner tee.

Best is to go with lightweight and thin fabrics especially for the humid weather in Singapore. Not only is it more breathable and cooling, light-weight and thin fabric also makes the overall look more comfortable and lean (as opposed to looking bulky and ‘thick’).Grandad Collar Photo Credit: Burton

2) On Its Own

These versatile collar styles can also be worn by itself.

For Grandad Collar, we can choose to button all the way up or simply leave the top one opened. This is usually decided based on the weather, and overall look and feel we want to create.

Feel free to try match these collars with Shorts, Berms, Tapered Pants, Drop crotch Pants.


Where to buy them?

Most brands in Singapore that sells menswear usually carry one or two granddad collar in their collection. Click here to see list of menswear brands in Singapore.

Few places to highlight are Zara, Topman, H&M and local label – Snort Label, which prides themselves as a brand that started with Mandarin and Grandad collar shirts. This local brand ensures at least 1 Grandad or Mandarin Collar design in every collection.

>> For online

ASOS.com also have a very extensive range of Grandad and Mandarin Collar shirts. What’s best is they also produce these shirts under their house brand (which means nice Grandad Collar shirts at very reasonable price).

Also try Zalora for their range of Mandarin Collar shirts.

>> CLICK HERE – Full list of places to shop menswear online
Image Credit: ASOS

Image Credit: ASOS


In conclusion, the Mandarin Collar is no longer viewed as something worn by ‘China man’ and Grandad Collar is no longer associated with any race or religions.

Infact in recent years, more and more Singaporeans are open to wearing these shirts with these collars.

Brands like Topman, Zara, H&M are also introducing more and more Mandarin and Grandad Collar designs in their collections.

Go ahead and try one on the next time you go shopping and be impressed by the difference a collar can impact on your look.


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