If the first thing you think of when you hear the word ‘collar’ is a dog, then we can forgive you. For years they were a fairly fringe accessory in the world of fashion. They’ve made the occasional reappearance through trends like the Peter Pan collar, but this is the first time they have become a trend in their own right. Gone are the days when collars were kept for fancy dresses. They’re now official in the mainstream of fashion and it’s time for you to jump on the bandwagon.
The collars that we are seeing everywhere in fashion aren’t the dainty sort that you would put on your dog. Oh, no. The larger the collar, the better! We want collars that make a statement, that have ruffles and sequins. The sort of collars that you spot across a room and that make your outfit.
How have collars become a trend?
Ironically, you can thank Zoom for this one. During the pandemic, working from home became the norm and all the attention focused on whatever clothing you could see on the tiny zoom screen. You can add a collar over almost any outfit to make it look instantly elevated and to make it appear as you haven’t just rolled out of bed. It’s also a trend that celebrities like Harry Styles have been pushing for several seasons now.
Collars are a world away from the low-cut silhouettes that we’re used to seeing from designer brands. Yet, Gucci and Miu Miu are at the frontline of the collar trend, creating pilgrim inspired collars for their ready-to-wear collections. If you’re looking for a more affordable way of buying into this trend, check out Ganni.
Is This Modest Fashion?
Another way we could look at the collar trend is to line it up with the rise in modest dressing. Everyone has their own styling preference, and the world of blogging and social media influencers is bringing attention to the idea of modest dressing. Adding a collar to your rotating wardrobe allows you to take almost any neckline and make it more modest for a ladylike look. Do you think this trend marks the start of modest fashion entering the mainstream?
How Can I Jump On The Trend?
With the collar trend, you have two options. You can make a statement with a separate collar from brands like Maison Cleo that you can mix and match with pieces already in your closet. You can think of these collars like any other accessories and wear them like a necklace over your favourite t-shirt, dress, or blouse.
The easiest way of experimenting with the trend is to buy a blouse with an exaggerated collar. This style is what you’re most likely to see other people wear as it’s more wearable than a dress, and you can style it down with jeans and a pair of sneakers. No two collars are ever the same. You can have a collar with scallop edges or an elevated look with lace. If you’re looking for a mid-price option, check our Arket for their collared jumpers.
What do you think of the collar trend? Are you jumping on the bandwagon?