Ah, the joys of clericals! Soon-to-be-deacon I. writes in with a question:
I’m about to get ordained (God willing) as a deacon in the — Church, and am in the throes of purchasing my first clergy shirt and collars, amongst other things. Based on my measurements though, I need a size 13/13.5 collar and the collars of the shirts I’m looking at (long sleeve button down) run bigger than that. Add to this the cost, the emotional element, and the fact that I can’t try things on in advance and I’m in a bit of a pickle.
So, my two questions are:
1. Can/should you wear a shirt with a larger collar size (like a 14) with a smaller collar (like a 13.5)?
2. Assuming not, can a clergy shirt that is bigger be tailored to fit a smaller collar (this might be obvious but I have no idea)?
Any help or advice would be most greatly appreciated!
Many thanks for your time and for your awesome gift of a blog,
Now, PeaceBang’s tiny brain gets all confused when it comes to neck measurements and collars and stuff, so I hope I got this right. Please correct me in the comments if I blew it!
Congratulations on your ordination to the diaconate. How exciting and wonderful!!
Now about shirt details:
I’m fairly confident that you should just go ahead and get the slightly larger collar so that it will work with your shirt. 1/2″ extra won’t look silly big around your neck but you’ll run into trouble if you have a collar that’s 1/2″ too small for the actual shirt. They won’t line up and you’ll have more than the usual pain in the ass situation trying to get the studs lined up.
Let me know if this helps, and above all DON’T FREAK OUT. It will all work out.