A Short History of the Collar
In case you haven’t heard, the Peter Pan collar—that girlishly rounded slip of a collar you may have noticed encircling the neck of your local ingénue this winter—is officially back
. Kirsten Dunst
has been wearing one, Michelle Williams
has been wearing one, and, if you believe Google image search, Alexa Chung
has been wearing one almost every day.
But how did the collar come to be?
Since before the Middle Ages the shirt has existed as a piece of clothing, but then only as underwear for men or as a night gown. In the early days the shirt had neither collar nor cuffs, but a hem that could be tightened and buttoned. And you always put it on by pulling it over your head. In the Middle Ages one could choose between fixed or detachable collar. The garment was often made out of linen and some times silk. In the 18th century the shirt was no longer worn only as underwear, the collar grew into enormous proportions and was decorated with embroidery and lace. Later the the collar grew back to smaller sizes again.
Nowadays, the styling and design variations of modern shirts are endless. The collar comes in many different cuts and sizes and is very sensitive to fashion fads. So how many of collar styles, do you have in your wardrobe?
•The flat collar which lies flat to the body – think peter pan or sailor collars
•The standing collar – a straight piece of fabric that stands up above the neckline, turtle necks for instance
•The folded/rolled collar – this is most common on button front shirts or as a stand up from the neckline which falls from the roll line onto the shirt
A collar can make any outfit look that extra bit special and smart – girls, there’s a collar for every occasion and we predict that they’re going to be around for a long time to come! See our glorious full collection, here