Know the Types
Collars can be divided into 3 basic types: standing (fits around the neck), turnover (rolled around the neck), or flat (falls on the shoulder).
Numerous kinds of collars can be seen in women's dresses, but the element common to them is their ability to lend structure, support, and style to any outfit. Every type suits different garments and enhances the overall look of an attire. For example, a dress with peter pan collar will look cute, but it may not go well with a formal shirt.
Most collar types tend to have overlapping characteristics, and this can make it a little difficult to distinguish between them. In this Buzzle post, we try to simplify things for you with pictures and some information about the different collars in women's clothes.
Shawl collar instantly lends a sophisticated look to any outfit. It is usually seen on sweaters, cardigans, and dresses.
Peter Pan Collar
Peter pan collar was very popular in the early 1900s, and now it is making a comeback. It is a flat collar that falls on the neckline and is used in dresses and blouses.
It is a very elegant type of collar usually seen on jackets or shirts. It is a stand collar that envelops the neck, and is also known as Chinese or Nehru collar.
Shirt collar is a type of stand collar. Lot of variations in shape and size can be seen in this type. It is seen on shirts and has a very formal look to it.
Cape collars are large and hang from the shoulders. They are versatile and can give a formal as well as dressy look. It is usually seen on tops, blouses, and dresses.
Butterfly collar hangs down from the shoulder, and can even reach the waist. It resembles the wings of a butterfly, and is pretty dressy type.
Bermuda collar is narrow and has square ends. It is popularly seen in women's dresses and tops.
Pilgrim collar is wide and long, and hangs from the shoulders. It has a round shape and is seen in dresses.
It is very easy to distinguish with the deep V in the front and square in the back. Inspired from the traditional sailor's uniform, this collar lends a cutesy look instantly.
Turtleneck collar suits best on sweaters. There are many variations in this one, but basically it is a type of turnover collar.
Bertha collar has been popular since the Victorian Era. It is a round-shaped flat collar that's making a comeback. It can be made of lace or frill too.
Platter collar is similar to a butterfly collar, but smaller in size. It hangs from the shoulders and resembles the shape of dog ears.
Chelsea collar has a stand on the back side and a medium collar with a V neckline at the front. It looks very smart and elegant on shirts or even blouses.
Wing collar is a straight stand collar with wing-like folds at the front. It is seen in formal shirts, and is more popular with men.
Choir Boy Collar
Choir-boy can be called the elder sibling of peter pan collar. Both are pretty similar except that choir-boy is bigger and wider.
The most convenient type of collar is the detachable one. It can be attached to a dress or shirt with studs or a ribbon. Plus, you get ample scope to experiment with it.
Many different variations can be seen in collar types, and a single collar may have multiple names as well. We have covered the most popular types in this post.