Favored by world leaders and Bond villains alike, the band collar—a.k.a. the mandarin—is easier to pull off than you think, thanks to luxe labels like Lanvin and Margaret Howell doling out unfussy versions. This lightweight cotton option by Hermès (pictured above, $960) is nearly impossible to get wrong and can be worn under a single-breasted blazer for a sleeker nighttime alternative to the traditional button-down (added benefit: no neckwear required). But don't underestimate it for the daytime, either. Undo a few buttons and grab a pair of aviators, and it's simple summer dressing done right.
Watch and Learn
As these guys demonstrate, the band collar was—and still is—surprisingly versatile.
Yves Saint Laurent wears a vacation-ready caftan in 1970s Marrakech.
Mick Jagger, touring with a band in 1989, shows that a leather jacket is the perfect top note.
A few undone buttons, as seen here on the streets of Paris, epitomizes off-duty sex appeal.
Sleek suiting dresses up this season's band collars: At Lanvin (pictured left), models said au revoir to neckties, opting instead for a band that pops; at Trussardi (pictured right), bands were paired with smart blazers or trenches in pale, bleached-out shades.
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