How To Rock: The Collar

- By Ali Roff -

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As winter arrives quicker than we could imagine, those floral summer dresses are now nothing more than a distant memory. So as the golden leaves frantically whirl around us in the ice-cold wind, it’s time to man up, push the feminine florals to the back of our closets, and with a sharp nod to androgyny, button up those shirts. Girls, it’s time to rock your collar.

Versatile, on trend and an easy way to maintain individual style, the collar is a key ingredient in achieving that androgynous, smart chic look. For runway inspiration see Rodarte for classic collars (above left), Chanel for bow ties (above center), look to Jonathan Saunders for vibrant contrast collars (above left) and take note from J.W. Anderson in perfecting the powerful collar-jumper combination.

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BOW TIES

Ties have been present in womenswear since the end of the 19th century.  The bow tie is a necessity in achieving that boyish guise and if you feel brave enough, it has the ability to add true individualism to any outfit. We love this slick Jigsaw Silk Bow Tie Shirt, or for a more eccentric look, tap into your masculine side and try rocking a traditional menswear bow tie such as this cashmere dusk pink Vanities Skull Bow Tie  with a sheer, feminine blouse.
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COLLAR TIPS, STUDS, & CHAINS
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ASOS has an amazing collection of collar accessories, from clip on collar tips to studs and chains such as these Pearl Collar Tips with Hanging Chains and their Swallow Collar Tips.  Small but effective embellishments show attention to detail and really do make all the difference.      ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
CONTRAST COLLARS
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This season is all about contrast. Contrasting fabrics, textures and colours, and the contrast collar is the perfect way to play this trend. Try leather collars on silk shirts, or make use of the abundance of contrast colour collars which are so popular this season. Zara is a great place to start with more subdued tones such as this Combined Studio Shirt. For more pops of extreme, vivid hues, this yellow collared Gucci Silk Crepe de Chine shirt, and salmon collared Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Contrast Collar Wool Jersey shirt will look boyishly sharp buttoned to the neck.
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THE POWER JUMPER
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J.W. Anderson know how to utilise collars in order to toughen up knitwear. The androgynous AW11 collection featured collars folded down over fitted jumpers. This is a great look for this season, as knitwear is so popular and easy to wear. Break away from the crowd by turning down a collar over your fitted jumper. Long point collars are amazing for this look.  …..…………………………………………………………………………..
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PETER PAN COLLARS
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One of the most popular versions of the collar of late has been the relaxed and rounded Peter Pan, as seen on almost every look at the Louis Vuitton AW11 show in Paris.
Make it your own and rock the Peter Pan collar look over a power jumper, or try moving away from the standard monochrome and inject a contrast of colour! We are lusting over this Marc By Marc Jacobs Sphinx spot velvet top with contrast black collar, and the luxurious texture of this ever so slightly sheer Peter Jensen Peter Pan Collar Shirt.
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DETACHABLE COLLARS
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The perfect way to add interest to your blouse or shirt is with a detachable collar. This white Feather Collar by Miu Miu will look fantastic over a plain white shirt, while this detachable Jewelled Collar by ASOS would add glamour to even the plainest of tees.
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Over the decades, different collar styles have come in and out of fashion, but from long point to peter-pan collars, many styles are currently on trend and a great way inject high fashion into any outfit.   A great way to find inspiration and different collar styles, search vintage shops for styles throughout the decades. Don’t be afraid to browse through the menswear sections in order to find the collar style you are looking for.
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