'Collars and Necklines', Janey Ironside, A Fashion Alphabet
(via Jelanie shop)
Thanks to ladies Alexa and Zooey, there seems to have been one kind of neckline dominating the fashion headlines recently: the Peter Pan collar. Favoured in the 1930s, it was picked up again in the 1960s when a generation of young starlets used them to emphasise their wide-eyed youth or play against their not-so-innocent reputation. What neckline could look more charming on Mia, Catherine or Marianne?
(via Petit Bourgeois)
(via Adriana Sassoon)
Perhaps it's because I'm reaching the age where Peter Pan collars could make me look (as Janey warns) as mutton dressed as lamb but I'm finally beginning to get bored of the endless rehashes of this style used as a short cut to 'indie' style. At least Mary Quant made her collars more interesting by making them detachable.
For collar alternatives take a look at Fiona looking internet fabulous at the Save Our Shoes blog in her Cleo Ferin Mercury detachable illustrated number, or Refinery 29's four collar DIYs which had me well and truly messing up my Amazon recommendations by looking for collar tips.
However, there's still a lot more scope to get creative with collars. Janey Ironside's Fashion Alphabet lists a massive 49 different types of collars and necklines including Bryonic, Bertha, Cossack, Puritan and Highwayman collars. Such poetic-sounding names and styles are crying out to be reintroduced into more common circulation. When I look at these beautiful alternatives, it makes me vow to be more adventurous in my collar of choice. Afterall, as Janey writes, "there is vital importance in a neckline".
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(via Vintage Chic)
Surely now Royals are apparently our style icons once again, Di's favourite kind of collar - the piecrust - is due for a revival? (I meant Princess Diana but it's worn here by Lady Diana Rigg).
(Vogue November 1971)
Don't you think this (unnamed) model looks a bit like Vogue's cover girl last month, Florence Welch?
Though perhaps a Steve Strange Elizabethan-style ruff is taking it all a step too far.