Detail Inspiration: collars
Collars are one of my favorite elements to add to a garment. There are literally endless variations (so be prepared for more posts showcasing other collar styles in the future!) and they can be tailored or soft, contrast or fade into the surrounding fabric, and add an originality to a garment when you work in some variations. I’ve gathered a few examples for you today of similar in shape, but distinctly different collars. Enjoy!
This beautiful jacket from the 1950s sports a variation on the rounded collar–a timelessly classic style. I love how the collar is seamed in two pieces to create the width, and then the little bow/tuck detail on the right shoulder. Charming! Details like this can add a bit of subtle flair to an otherwise tailored piece, without being overly twee.
This is a more contemporary take on the rounded collar as seen in the Orla Kelly Fall/Winter 2012/13 collection. While it bears striking resemblance to the one above, the distinctive pleating at the center front placket sets it apart and gives it a textural appearance. I love how the collar takes on a new dimensional look with the flair of the pleats, as well as the pop of the cream against the cranberry red.
Finally a fun take on the collar shape! Adding scallops, or in this case points, to a collar can give it a lot of distinction, even when it’s sewn up in a subtle fabric such as this white textured blousing. The pointed elements are just repeated in the front, but the shaped edges could be repeated around the collar as well.