Updated: Nov 2, 2020
Collar designs have been used as a decorative element ever since the Ruff was introduced in the 1400s. However, it became the most associated fashion item only during the Renaissance period; a piece of clothing for both men and women.
If you're a sucker for shirts you're bound to love collars, and what better than amping up your ensemble with statement collars. Think peter pan collars, bow collars, or even collar brooches, it's all about letting them steal the spotlight. While big collars have seen the light of day on many runways, it is only recently that they've gained the much-needed attention by fashion enthusiasts world over.
From Channel to Ganni, Miu Miu to Comme des Garçons and high fashion brands like Zara and Topshop, the supersized contrasting collars have become the biggest micro-trend for the season. A prominent collar with a Victorian touch, the trend is perfect for 2020. Donning a big collar means going all-out vintage. Throw on a cardigan or opt for a button-down shirt, and let's travel back in time.
Also known as Oversized Pilgrim Collars these are typically white and are often scalloped or made of lace. While some have rounded edges, others have sharp pointed tips. No matter what you have on, these will most definitely stand out in the crowd.
You can wear it with a pair of coloured leather shorts, your everyday jeans, pair them with puff sleeves for a vintage 80's look or make a statement as you layer with a cardigan. The good part is this trend is seasonless. Whether you layer it or opt for a pilgrim collar dress, this is as easy to dress up as to dress down. So we suggest you invest in one before the trend explodes. Here's some inspiration to get you started!