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Have you ever been in a style rut before going to that date night especially when it’s cold? Wondering about wearing that black dress with a V-neck or that Chinese-collared knee-length dress? Many would obviously go for the V-neck, right? Now that every lady’s dream is to turn heads right from the minute the step into that fancy hotel. But what if you are not that type who doesn’t like to show some inch of skin? Or it’s even cold out there and you wouldn’t want to pick up that long coat? Would you wear a standing collar?
Well, a standing collar might be a perfect option but too bad, some of us have to survive the ‘CHOKE’ and definitely, you wouldn’t want to look like some strangled thief on your date! Ha-ha! So how do you ensure that as much as you up your choker game, you are still comfortable enough to avoid getting choked?
COMMON TYPES OF STANDING COLLARS FOUND IN WOMEN’S GARMENTS
Very many designers show us very many types of collars that would perfectly suit women’s garments. Now that we are talking about standing collars, then let’s get to know about the types of standing collars that are an available option for any fashionista going shopping this season.
Turtlenecks are one of the biggest necking trends when it comes to outfit designs. Very many designers will make turtlenecks from knitted fabrics which not only prove to be stretchy but also are warm thus offering a comfortable sensation around the neck. I mean, most turtlenecks will come as sweaters and I’m certain you’ve seen that, right?
Turtlenecks are known for wrapping the neck up to the edge of the neck; or should I say, the level just below your chin.
- Rolled collars
Just as the name tells, rolled necklines are known for their standing appeal up to the edge of the neck while the rest of the neck fabric folds downwards.
Rolled collars are also known as polo necks and we can tell that they have existed since long ago where polo necks were worn by sailors, French philosophers and intellectuals right from the19th century before European film stars like Marcello Mastroianni rocked the trend in the fashion world.
- Mandarin collars
Call it the Chinese collar! Call it the Nehru collars! The Mandarin collar can be traced back to early 200BC where it was a traditional feature on the gowns worn by Mandarins in Imperial China.
So royal is the name just as its design; the Mandarin collar is thus a short unfolded stand-up collar that envelops the neck and yes, the design has been incorporated into so many designs of outfits that we are totally long, right?
- Straight collars
Straight collars are the basic shirt collars that were mostly adopted for the design of men’s shirts just before they found their way into the women’s space. This collar can be held together with a tie or left unbutton depending on the occasion.
Straight collars are mostly worn for official looks now that they pair perfectly with blazers while they are mostly out of cotton to provide a comfortable yet firm fit along the neck.
- Chimney collars
The chimney collar goes straight from the base of the neck while creating an empty space around the neck and can go up to the jawline depending on the length of one’s neck.
Most chimney collars will be designed on outerwear especially outerwear for the cold.
- Victorian collars. (dress like a Parisian)
If there is a type of collar that will ensure you look like a Parisian, then it’s the Victorian collar. The ‘romantic’ collar either wraps the neck or is close to wrapping it and is usually embellished with English embroideries and made of lace.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR STANDING COLLAR
Those 6 types of standing collars are very common in women’s garments but just how do you get the right one? Here are tips on how to shop for the right standing collar for you! These tips will be helpful when shopping online or even on physical stores near you. And I’m glad to have gotten my stand-up collared sweater from Yoins.
- Pick an outfit of the right size: It will all boil down to perfect fit. I mean, if your shirt or dress is too tight or too small and bears a stand-up collar, you will definitely get choked. But when it perfectly fits, you’ll be just fine.
- Choose a collar that fits: It’s always good to try on collared outfits while shopping to ensure you only buy the one that fits you well.
- Mind how long or short your neck is: If your neck is long and pretty, then a neck hugging collar that fits your perfectly will suit you best by defining your jawline and long neck perfectly. If your neck is shorter, then a standing collar that leaves some space around your neck will be great for you.
- Get the right material: For a normal standing collar, opt for cotton which is soft; you could get stretchy collars or a stiff one according to your preference while for turtle necks and rolled necks, go for knitted or stretchy fabrics.
- Learn the length of your neckline at a considerable length that won’t choke you; this is more helpful when shopping for the normal standing collars online. For example: If your neck it large and you know its length, it’ll be easier to get a collar of the right fit. As well, if your neck is too skinny, then you could also prefer going for a larger standing collar that won’t draw too much attention to this point.
- Get an over-sized outfit that will have a larger standing collar; this is majorly when it comes to knitted outfits that have polo necks and turtlenecks; or even over-sized button-downs and outerwear. I mean, aren’t over-sized sweaters too cozy?
With all these tips in my mind, you will be able to choose the right standing collared outfit. And again, remember to wear more standing collars so that you can get used to them and eventually you will have no problem with them.
HOW I WORE MY STANDING COLLAR
As much as I love my long neck, I never hesitate to wrap it up when it’s cold out there. Thus, I’m so grateful to Yoins for this gifting me this grey chimney collared flared sleeve sweater. It’s always so cold in the evening over here but with this sweater, my evenings are not only cozy but also very warm.
The sweater is so detailed! Just what I love most about it: right from a chimney collar to the flared sleeves to the irregular hem and the gorgeous grey color! This makes it very easy to pair since I have to just get a plain bottom then look great!
Since the sweater is made of polyester and cotton, it’s wiser to hand-wash it after wear while it’s turned inside out in order to keep it durable.
My chimney-collared sweater has a lot of volume hence I prefer layering it over skinny bottoms. Thus, I wore a pair of denim jeans that I paired with a spaghetti top before finishing off with this gorgeous sweater. And since I love this pair of open heels, I had them on then rocked the brown PU shoulder bag from Yoins. This shoulder bag has been such a covetable piece by my friends because of its fine leather fabric, the twin grab handles and its smaller clutch bag. Such a two-in-one accessory! Wo-hoo!
This look is such a smart-casual look that one could take to the streets effortlessly. Good enough, the brown leather bag provides such cute contrast to the whole neutral look thus a polished vibe. You love the look, right?
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Anyway lovelies, do you have a problem with rocking standing collars? Or do you even love them more than I do? And would you rock my look too?
Please speak to me in the comments section below…
Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated with the products by Yoins for free. While this post is sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are solely my own (Dalene Ekirapa’s).