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Would You Wear… a Removable Collar?


Removable Collar Looks
Removable collars seen in an ad for Zara and a street style look. Credit: 1, 2

We’ve all worn collared pieces. Cute button-ups can be counted among the classic staples in nearly all of our wardrobes. But now for something completely different: a collar… without a shirt attached?

I’ve started seeing detached collars all over my favorite fashion blogs and even spotted one on campus recently. My instant reaction was a big no, but they’ve started to grow on me. Think of how many ways you could wear them! In essence, they’re just cloth necklaces, right?

Personally, I adore the t-shirt and collar look. It adds a touch of class to an otherwise mundane look. But a detachable collar could also be perfect for a fun spring tea party (don’t you have tons of invites to them this season?), as seen in the sample outfit I created below.

How to wear a removable/detachable collar - outfit idea
Product Information: Collar – Modcloth, Top – Topshop, Skirt – Topshop, Shoes – ASOS, Hat – Zara, Earrings – Zappos

So what do you think about detached collars?

Are these too weird or ultra-adorable? How would you wear them? Do you think these can be dressed up and dressed down? Do you like the sample outfit? Leave a comment and let me know!

Posted on on April 26, 2011 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , ,

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27 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Removable Collar?”

  1. 1
    April 26th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    that’s so cool! i don’t think i would wear it in norway though, but maybe if i lived in usa :)

  2. 2
    April 26th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I love removable collars! I have a great vintage one that’s embroidered with pearls. It’s a really fun addition to any outfit in my opinion!

  3. 3
    April 26th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    It’s too theatrical for me. I’m not a fan of the doll-like style. Only some girls can pull it off. Personal I’d rather do tough grungy look than this.

  4. 4
    April 26th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Yes! I definitely definitely would!! Especially when I wear the same clothes a lot it can make an old outfit look new xo

  5. 5
    April 26th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Cool!!! Where can I get that in South Africa??

  6. 6
    April 26th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I also have a cute seed pearl peter pan collar necklace from Urban. I love it, although I do find that I overlook it most of the time and end up going with other necklaces.

  7. 7
    April 26th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Probably not, mostly because those kinds of collars aren’t really my style – but they’re an interesting idea though. At first I thought it seemed just too weird but I guess it makes sense, it would really add variety to your wardrobe!

  8. 8
    April 26th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Nope, definitely not my style, but i’m sure some people could rock them!

  9. 9
    April 26th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Actually I’m going to make one when I get home from studying abroad! My high school uniform had a white peter pan collar and I’m going to cut it off and make my own detachable version a la P.S. I Made This (with her blessing, too!).

  10. 10
    April 26th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Adem├ís, this is totally up my alley. I have a skirt that looks just like the one in the outfit (but blue, from H&M), a pink version of the rose earrings, and a straw sunhat and fresh white blouse are on my to-buy list. The only thing I’d change is the shoes, ’cause I usually wear flats (since I’d switch the pink skirt for blue I’d wear pink flats instead!).

  11. 11
    April 26th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I think it’s kinda weird! I have no idea how I would wear that! Not really that into the outfit either

  12. 12
    April 26th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    To me they’re fun and pretty :) I haven’t worn one though, but would definitely do it! Cute outfit!

  13. 13
    April 26th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    A few weeks ago I was cleaning out my closet and found a cardigan that I never wore. I remembered buying it because I loved the beaded collar but I could never figure out a way to wear it. So I just cut off the collar, saved the rest as scrap fabric, and have been wearing the collar as a “necklace” of sorts. Till today I’d never even heard of a removable collar! (LOL now I feel happy because I feel like I predicted a trend . . . although I technically didn’t. Don’t you love those moments??) :)

  14. 14
    April 26th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I love how they look (especially the lacey or crochet ones!) but I dont think I could pull it off – I have a pretty serious face and I feel like it would make me look silly…

  15. 15
    April 26th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I love it! I’m already thinking of the shirts that I would pair this with… :)

  16. 16
    April 26th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Yes I would! I think the Peter Pan collars are so cute and chic, and can dress up any outfit :)

  17. 17
    April 26th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I’m torn on this one. I think some collars look great when they’re obviously meant to be part of a blouse or dress. It’s not generally part of my aesthetic, but I’m resolved to try a little bit of everything. As long as it’s downplayed, I think it could be pulled off well without looking to costume-ish.

  18. 18
    April 27th, 2011 at 3:59 am

    I bought a dress that came with a removable collar and I love it. I can wear the dress by itself, with the collar or with the collar over a white button down. It’s so versatile because it fits all different occasions. Great trend

  19. 19
    April 27th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I’d rather wear a shirt with its collar, It would be annoying putting on and off the collar every time…

  20. 20
    April 27th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I have mixed feelings on this… I like the street style picture, and though I can understand the appeal, I rather purchase a simple peter pan collar.

  21. 21
    April 29th, 2011 at 3:46 am

    These were in a miu miu collection a few seasons ago and there’s tons of tutorials on how to make one yourself, so I don’t see the point in buying one.

  22. 22
    May 31st, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I love detachable collars!! I just finished making a white one!! :)

  23. 23
    October 13th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I love to wear removable collars. My favourite is a black, silk, shirt like collar with white spikes over it. I wear it with a tie (that’s just me though) and a t-shirt or anything black. I am in England and you shouldn’t be afraid to wear what you want :)

  24. 24
    October 22nd, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Adorable. I wasn’t a fan of the collared look until I tried a peter pan collared blouse one day and decided I look absolutely fabulous. Finding shirts with the perfect collar isn’t easy, and it may cost less to buy a detachable collar for my blouses instead of purchasing several collared blouses

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