There is that saying that fashion constantly repeats itself – but not only does it repeat itself, it finds innovative ways to freshen up old styles. The newest trend to hit the fashionista’s wardrobe is collar jewellery – detachable collar shaped necklaces that can be worn on top of blouses or on the bare neck to give a stylish, chic feel to things.
Commonly known as Peter-Pan collars – these collars are associated with little-girl-dresses and have become a favourite part of women accessories today. Typically, they are flat and the collars are round, not angular and pointed.
Shaped like – well- collars, these pretty necklaces can be made from almost all kinds of materials and they jazz up any outfit in style. You get them beaded, crocheted, made of lace, with diamante, rhinestones, etc. Add a shimmery, embellished lace collar to a monochrome outfit in black – and add that much needed glam for a night out.
If you love lace, then wear a jewelled collar over a lace dress, preferably in the same colour tone – like for a white lace dress opt for white beaded collar or a white lace one. Similarly, if your dress is pastel, opt for something which matches the nude tone, instead of a contrast, which may look too stark.
Oxford collar styles are sharper – they are pointed and angular and can add a sleek style statement to a toned down outfit. If you are wearing something uber feminine and bohemian – then wear an oxford collar necklace in bejewelled black and white to set it off. If you are wearing a wrap dress or a tube top, a sharply angular collar necklace will bring out the style better. Some angular and rounded collar styles also come in intricate filigreed work – they look pretty on a masculine outfit such as a shirt and jeans.
Use a collar necklace to cover up a plunging or “vee” shaped neckline – for this opt for the peter pan collar style as they are wider and flatter. You can also match a floral collar with a striped tee shirt and shorts for a funky, chic look.
The best part about these collar necklaces are that they add a certain allure to your outfit that other neck pieces cant, and when you see it doesn’t work, you simply take it off. So essentially, your necklace becomes a part of your dress or outfit instead of simply accessorising it. What’s more is that these collar necklaces can be easy to make, if you have the time and the inclination. Cut out pieces of pretty coloured lace into collar shapes, attach them to black ribbon and simply tie the ends together. Or if you want to be more adventurous, cut out soft cardboard collar shapes and have fun decorating them with beads, rhinestones and glitter to make stiff collar necklaces. Whatever you do, have fun flaunting your collar pieces at the next party – either bought or self made!