For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re taking a look at shirt collars. There are so many different types of collars. There are shawl collars, sailor collars, mandarin, wing, peter pan… the list goes on. But there is nothing more necessary to everyone’s life than a classic shirt collar (pictured below).
The collar is differentiated from other neckline forms like lapels and revers because it is made from a separate piece of fabric then attached rather than being an extension of the fabric that is folded or cut. It descended from the Elizabethan Ruff, worn in Western Europe from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century. It was used because neckwear on women’s clothing would get worn forcing them to throw the entire garment away. The ruff became a nuissance for those wearing it, thus, the collar was born. This lead to become a fashion competition for the noble classes; wanted them to be bigger, straighter and even sharper (yes, people got cuts). The classic shirt collar didn’t come out until LaCoste created a tennis shirt with a collar that was softer and shorter. Was worn popped up to prevent sunburn but when indoors became impractical and was then turned down to avoid overheating.
Today we see collars on women inspired by womenswear. Shirt collars can be spread, pinned, straight, and tabbed; they’re on denim shirts and crisp white linen shirts and can be worn a countless number of ways.
Check out our Pinterest for more collar inspiration!