This pair of handsome medium-length Collar Buttons is nickel-plated and double hinged for easy use with your neckband shirts and collars, some of which can be found in our Related Products Section below.
Need a place to store your clerical collars and accessories? Our Collar Case is available in the Related Products Section; it also makes a fine gift.
Did you know. . .
A neckband shirt is a clerical shirt, not a vestment. It is a type of shirt (or blouse, for female clergy) that has no collar. The neckband has two buttonholes that line up and another buttonhole in the neckband in the center of the back.
The wearer puts on the shirt, then sticks a collar button through the buttonhole in the back of the neckband, then another through the buttonholes in the front to fasten the two ends of the neckband together under the throat. The wearer slips the center of the collar over the collar button in the front, then wraps the two ends around the back and slips them over the collar button in the back. The end effect is a circular collar that goes completely around the neck.
Clergy shirts are Protestant in origin. The Rev. Dr. Donald McLeod of the Church of England invented the neckband style. Protestant clergy had been wearing white preaching bands for quite some time; McLeod combined them with the detachable collar that was in use at the time. The Roman Catholic Church did not adopt them as street wear for clergy until later. They modified Rev. McLeod’s design into the tab-collar style.
Neckband shirts come in all colors and fabrics, but the general public often does not immediately perceive them as clergy shirts if they are not black.