Happy day, reader dear!
Yes, you may feel like you have been living under a rock for a while now… Most of us have been! But even the sartorially challenged have been asking me What’s up with the huge collars?
Yes, it’s a trend, and I expect it’s the flash in the pan kind, but if you are a collar lover, this is your season!
Not only are we seeing long pointed collars that feel very 1970’s, we are seeing lace collars, large and small, and interesting collars in prints that contrast from the main item. The lace and changed prints hearken back to another era, when you worked with what you had and remade clothing to give it new life. That’s smart style in any era!
Detachable shirt collars are nothing new. Men’s shirts were traditionally purchased collar-less and cuff-less which allowed the collars and cuffs to be washed more easily. Clothing was washed less often, and a man could swap out a less than pristine collar for a fresh one as needed without having to wash the entire shirt. It’s hard for us washer/dryer owners to imagine, but most city dwellers did their laundry in the sink. Clothes were spot cleaned and aired rather than washed or sent to the cleaners. A full washing was saved for when clothes were visibly stained and dirty.
Now, I am generally not a collar wearer. I don’t like collared shirts, but a collar as an accessory? Now that’s a whole ‘nother story! Let’s get styling…
I bought the white Peter Pan collar last year to wear under dark sweaters to create value contrast and bring some light back to my portrait area. The polka dot number is a new addition. I fell head over heels! (Polka dots, peeps!) It felt just right to add to my Spring Capsule Wardrobe with its touches of black. The new addition is from Ruth Eads Co. This is not a sponsored post, nor am I receiving any remuneration for this post or the link. I’m sharing the love because I love my collar and want to support another small businesswoman! Please check them out, she has gorgeous bows, too!
UPDATE! (5/7/2021) The lovely Stacey at Ruth Eads is offering dear readers a 20% discount on orders made by the end of May, 2021! Use the code: HappyMay20 when you check out. And tag me if you wear yours on social media! I’d love to see it…
Here is the polka dot on its first outing:
This collar sits quite high on my neck. Which means it’s perfect for covering other shirt collars to create that contrasting collar look I mentioned above. I’m also imagining it paired with some of my silk blouses for that same contrast and punch.
If we go back in history, women traditionally wore detachable collars with dresses, so let’s see how both my collars change the look of old faithful.
Last year I wore the Peter Pan collar with my short sleeved denim shirt. When I bought it, I wanted a more feminine touch for that shirt. I think it will be darling with the dots, too!
I’m already adding the new collar (mentally) to both my Black and White Beauty Bundles. You can see that, right? To make sure that I don’t forget about them, I’ve hung them front and center in my closet…
How About You?
Detachable collars: Yay or Nay? If you are around my vintage, did you (or do you) wear dickies under your sweaters? I remember being appalled at their name… Maybe you remember the slim v-neck sweater with attached woven collar trend? That one came around more than once! Do you prefer your shirts with or without collars? Would a detachable collar be better? Why or why not? Do tell me what you’re thinking!
PS: Hope to see you tonight at the Spring Summer Style Webinar!