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A Guide to Different Types of Collars

The collar is a key design element of any dress or shirt. Nowadays, there are a ton of collars to choose from. Because they all differ, it can sometimes be hard to decide which one is the most appropriate depending on the situation.

5-Minute Crafts created a simple guide to several types of collars.

1. Shirt

The basic collar can be seen on men’s and women’s shirts. Depending on the style, the collar can either be buttoned down or used standing up. The collar’s seams can also be long or short, but generally, this type of collar is very standard.

2. Turtleneck

Turtleneck, or polo neck, is a close-fitting collar that folds over and covers the neck. They’re universally flattering and accentuate the face. This type of collar has been used for a very long time, dating back to the 15th century. Turtlenecks are also commonly used in place of a shirt and tie.

3. Peter Pan

Named after the collar of Maude Adams’ costume in her 1905 role as Peter Pan — this collar type features soft, rounded corners and a flat design. It’s tailored to fit around the curve of the neckline and lie flat upon the torso. Peter Pan collars are commonly associated with children’s wear.

4. Shawl

shawl is a round V-neck collar that extends from the shoulders and rests sideways. This collar type is commonly used in classic dresses, cardigans, and dinner jackets and it adds an elegant touch to any garment.

5. Mandarin

mandarin collar, or standing collar, is a short unfolded stand-up collar style with straight or rounded edges. This collar originated from the mandarin bureaucrats in China who wore it as part of their uniform.

6. Notched

The notched collar features square corners and a triangular cut. This collar style can be frequently found on business blazers, doctor coats, and nurse uniforms.

7. Bertha

bertha is a thin, flat, round fabric collar made of lace. It covers a low neckline and emphasizes a woman’s shoulders. It was popular in the 19th century but is still popular today — especially on bridal gowns.

8. Cascade

The cascade collar is made by cutting a circle of fabric and attaching it to the center of the neckline. This style is usually designed (and looks best) for soft flowing fabrics, like chiffon or silk.

9. Jabot

The jabot collar is usually made out of lace or some other frilly fabric. It starts at the neckline and goes down several inches, creating a sophisticated look. This collar style is frequently worn with a brooch attached to it in women’s clothing, but men also use the design.

10. Johnny

The Johnny collar is small with a high standing position. This collar is always sewed onto a v-neck neckline, but it does not extend all the way to the end of the V.

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