Bond Approved — The Tab Collar Dress Shirt


The tab col­lar dress shirt has made a bit of a fash­ion resur­gence thanks large­ly to our old friend James.  Though it has fall­en out of favor as a wardrobe main­stay, it has still man­aged to main­tain it’s posi­tion­ing as a clas­sic essen­tial in for­mal menswear.  The pri­ma­ry rea­son is it looks excep­tion­al.  When worn as part of a for­mal ensem­ble, the tab col­lar is shirt­ing eye-can­dy at the high­est lev­el.

The name tab col­lar dress shirt essen­tial­ly explains the look.  The shirt has a two part clo­sure that is attached to the mid-bot­tom of the col­lar leaf’s.  They are typ­i­cal­ly secured with a snap or but­ton fas­ten­er that shrinks the col­lar spread and pinch­es in the col­lar points.

Tab Collar Dress Shirt

A Deo Ver­i­tas Tab Col­lar — But­toned sans Tie

One rule of thumb with a tab col­lar dress shirt — IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE WORN WITH A TIE.  Wear­ing this style with­out a tie will look pecu­liar and defeats the pur­pose of it’s core func­tion.

It’s most dis­tinc­tive fea­ture is the fab­ric tab (with but­ton or snap fas­ten­ing), that bridges the two points togeth­er and ele­vates the tie knot in a rich, beau­ti­ful arch — in a sim­i­lar fash­ion to a col­lar pin.  The tie knot is also secured firm­ly with­in the pock­et of the col­lar points so you won’t see any of the rear tie blade that wraps around the band.

Deo Veritas Tab Collar Dress Shirt

A Deo Ver­i­tas Tab Col­lar — as it should be worn


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The History of the Tab Collar Dress Shirt

Tab col­lars were pop­u­lar­ized after WWI; the UK’s then Prince of Wales and future King Edward VIII (a style icon in his own era) famous­ly wore one on his vis­it to the US in 1919. These shirts fea­tured semi-soft col­lars, often detach­able and secured with stud but­tons. This style tab col­lar dress shirt is shown fre­quent­ly in peri­od piece tele­vi­sion and movies, to con­vey the style of this era (e.g. Board­walk Empire or the Untouch­ables).

Elliot Gant (a shirt­ing brand of the ear­ly-mid 20th cen­tu­ry) patent­ed his ver­sion – which fea­tured a per­ma­nent­ly fixed but­ton on the tab in 1963.  This style by Gant is still the one you’re like­ly to find on the mar­ket today.


A per­fect exam­ple of how a tab col­lar dress shirt should be worn


The Comeback of the Tab Collar Dress Shirt

The tab col­lar was res­ur­rect­ed due heav­i­ly to its appear­ance in the 2012 James Bond film Sky­fall.  Daniel Craig’s Bond char­ac­ter exten­sive­ly wore var­i­ous tab col­lar shirts which were designed by renowned fash­ion icon Tom Ford.  There­after, many main­stream shirt-mak­ers picked up on the niche and began fill­ing store­fronts with vari­ants of the orig­i­nal Tom Ford shirt.  In the 7 years since, the fad asso­ci­at­ed with this style has large­ly fad­ed and most shirt­mak­ers have dis­con­tin­ued mak­ing and sell­ing tab col­lar dress shirts.

james bond tab collar dress shirt

The resur­gence of the tab col­lar was dri­ven by Craig’s lat­est Bond movies


The 2020 Comeback of the Tab Collar?

Daniel Craig in 2020’s No Time to Die

As shown in recent trail­ers and movie posters for the upcom­ing 2020 film — “No Time to Die”, Daniel Craig’s James Bond char­ac­ter is dis­tinct­ly sport­ing a tab col­lar dress shirt.  As we arrive clos­er to the release of the film (~April 2020), we antic­i­pate a niche craze around the style to devel­op and shirt mak­ers will again begin pro­duc­tion to ful­fill the expect­ed demand.


What to Look for in a Tab Collar Dress Shirt

If you’re a fan of the point col­lar, you’ll be inter­est­ed to know that the tab col­lar IS the fore­fa­ther of the mod­ern point col­lar.  Addi­tion­al­ly, there are a num­ber of fac­tors to look for when shop­ping for a tab col­lar dress shirt.

  • A high thread count (2 ply / 100s) cot­ton poplin fab­ric in (white, medi­um blue, or pale blue)
  • A long, soft point col­lar with tab clo­sure (could be a but­ton or a snap)
  • Sig­na­ture James Bond Cock­tail cuffs or French cuffs
  • NO chest pock­et

Our ver­sion is sim­i­lar to the For­ward Point in pro­por­tion and shape, apart from the intro­duc­tion of the tab. It pairs well with small­er tie knots (four in hand) and of course should only be worn with the tab secured.


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