That laid-back collarless linen shirt
The collarless linen button down shirt is a blouse with a collar that doesn’t fold and can’t be worn with a tie. It looks great and casual when left open and can be worn for leisure or in the office as well.
It has so many names: mandarin collar, band or banded collar, grandad collar, standing collar, choker collar and officer collar. Even if there are minor differences they are inspired by a unique Eastern shirt.
The mandarin collar is an unfolded band collar that can be traced back to early 200 BC where it was a traditional feature on the gowns worn by the Mandarins in Imperial China.
Today it's an easy collar that conveys an effortless feel, especially on a linen blouse. It was in fact re-invented by in 1920s New York, by housewife Hannah Montague who cut off the collars to wash separately to get more wear from the shirt.
Get inspired by this womens linen shirt gallery featuring our LOTUS linen shirt with mandarin collar!
The LOTUS SAND Natural Linen shirt
Photos (above): Dezireerosenbergphotography
The "LOTUS Black Melange" Chambray Linen Shirt with band collar
The LOTUS White linen button down with mandarin collar
The LOTUS Black Linen Blouse