How to Wear: The Collar Craze

How to Wear: The Collar Craze

I always love discovering new ways to incorporate a dash of femininity into my fall ensembles and this season it’s easier then ever with the growing popularity of Peter Pan collars. The style was made popular in 1905 by Broadway star Maude Adams’ costume for her legendary portrayal of Peter Pan. This feminine accent has been popping up each decade in the rotation of trends but this fall rounded collars are back and more embellished than ever. As an accessory addict, I’m instantly intrigued by any piece that can blur the lines between jewelry and design detail. Expect to see Peter Pan collars made from various fabrics, faux furs, chains, studs, and even leather. What was once just a favorite childhood character is now a coveted inspiration to fashion lovers everywhere. I urge you all to try incorporating this sweet vintage trend into your wardrobe this fall.

Attached Collar:

How to Wear: The Collar Craze

Aqua Party Dress White Pearl Collar Ponte ($128), Target Women’s Xhilaration Pernella Fun Heel Assorted Colors ($29.99), Little Black Bag, Posh Locket Disc Ring ($28), Zara Flower (Sold Out), Posh Locket Gold Cuff ($30)


My favorite way to incorporate almost any trend into my wardrobe is with a dress. Pairing something new with a look that you’re already comfortable with, (like a little black dress) is a great way to ease into any trend. Opt for a LBD with a flat rounded collar that is embellished with pearls to add a classic touch to this wardrobe staple. Like a statement necklace, an embellished collar looks fabulous with a ballerina bun, so throw on your new Peter Pan purchase and tie up your hair for a super chic fall ensemble.

How to Wear: The Collar Craze
Detachable Collar:

How to Wear: The Collar Craze

Reiss PRIESTLY Twisted Colour Pocket Jumper Mint ($210), SheInside Silver Asymmetrical Bodycon Cotton Tiered ($46.08), Target Women’s Mossimo Ona Ballet Flat – Blush ($12), H&M Embellished Collar *Sold Out, Posh Locket Winged Link Ring ($28)


If you’re not quite ready to commit to the collar craze try purchasing a detachable Peter Pan collar that you can add to any piece you desire. This is also a fabulous item for those of you who hate feeling weighed down by layers of clothing. You can instantly achieve the layered look by throwing on an embellished collar with a sweater. Since the flat rounded collar has a tendency to give you an innocent appearance it’s best to pair it with a dress or skirt to follow through with its feminine charm. If you’re looking for an edgier take on the sweet trend, try rocking a leather collar with pants and ankle boots.

How to Wear: The Collar Craze
Detached embellished collar:

How to Wear: The Collar Craze

Miss Selfridge Burgundy Pleat Peplum Top ($49), Dorothy Perkins Cream embellished pan collar ($27), Michael Kors Handbag Hamilton Leopard Haircalf Large North South Tote ($598), J. Crew Pencil Skirt ($148), LC Lauren Conrad Boyfriend Blazer ($44.99)


Blouse with an embellished collar:

How to Wear: The Collar Craze

SheInside Navy Long Sleeve Drawstring Waist Asymmetrical Coat ($81.10), Alice and Olivia Larimore Leopard Heel ($295), H&M Skirt (£29.99), River Island Light Brown Hinge Waist Belt (£15.00), LC Lauren Conrad Gold Tone Simulated Crystal Oval Button Stud Earrings ($10.50), Dorothy Perkins Petite ivory collar detail top ($57), Michael Kors Handbag Tristan Medium Satchel ($398)


Dress with an embellished collar:

How to Wear: The Collar Craze

LC Lauren Conrad Silver Tone Simulated Crystal Leaf Button Stud Earrings ($10.50), Posh Locket Disc Ring ($28), Tory Burch Reva Flat (£180.00), Dorothy Perkins Grey embellished collar dress ($27), LC Lauren Conrad Floral Blazer ($49.00), Mimi Boutique Lisa Satchel Handbag ($62.75)


What’s your favorite way to style an embellished collar?

PS. Check out my latest outfit post on my blog featuring my new favorite little black dress!

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Categories: Anna James, Style Guide, Wear
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  • Melissa Panici

    Thanks for the tips Anna! Missing you on here! I have never tried the embellished collar. I think the black dress with the collar is adorable!

  • Deanne Castro

    Fabulous looks! You’re a great inspiration, Anna! xo

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  • Amy Breckenridge

    you look so cute in those collars, anna! since my body type is a “”top heavy hourglass”” i tend to stay away from very high necked tops with collars as i can look sort of uni-boobed…haha! but if that were not the case i would totally try this trend out!

    i love the first and third looks you created – i actually just bought those LC black suede pumps and wore them out this past weekend. they are SO comfortable!


  • Stacie

    I don’t like the detachable collars very much.. It seems like you have to be very careful about the neckline you wear it with, or it can come off very tacky. Anna did it perfect, but I just think it’s too hard for us normal people lol.

    However, I LOVE collar necklaces!! I would love some suggestions on how to wear them!

  • Ashley S Wilson

    I have been a little wary of peter pan collars for some time.. mostly because I already look like a 14 year old as it is, but those outfits you put together are far from a preteen look and I LOVE THEM! I can’t wait to try them out!

    Also, I am loving all the Dorothy Perkins you are using! I am such a huge fan of their clothes and no one really knows to much about them around here!

  • Adrienne Scott-Trask

    Such a great post!! Love the looks you’ve created!

    -Adrienne. xo

  • Dani English

    I just love your style and your posts Anna!!! Now I understand the Peter Pan collars!

  • Valeria Alvarez

    I love them they are so girly!!!


    <3 Val

  • Rachael Yanta

    Too cute!!! Love your style as always! I have yet to jump on the peter pan collar craze but plan on doing so soon :)

  • Kym Ducharme

    Loving the second look, especially the navy blazer and mustard skirt! and that blouse is my favorite of the three collars.

  • Rachel Trampel

    Cute post Anna! I am loving jeweled and sequined collars! I have had one for awhile but haven’t worn it yet! These tips will definitely help me! :) Thank you!

    New outfit post on the blog today with crunchy fall leaves! :)

  • Leslie Arriaza

    I’ve seen these collars everywhere and was debating on whether I could pull it off. I love the looks you’ve put together! Can the collar be worn with a more casual style??

    Great post as always Anna! <3

  • Paulina Mo

    I love how sophisticated and classy your looks are!


  • Amber Welles

    I love that sweater, Anna. You look amazing. Another great post with awesome tips. xx

  • Haleigh Conard

    Love the looks you put together… especially the first two! Great post!


  • T Girl

    OMG, girrrrl you are too cute. These looks are classic and gorg. I also really like the first polyvor you styled. The mustard skirt is all kinds of stylish.

    – Tanya

  • Amanda Kretchmer

    I have been loving the collar trend. Embellished ones are my fave. Great post!

  • Lindsey Gerstlauer

    This is one of my fave looks! The peter pan collar is so chic =)

  • Kelby Peachey

    Although I think the collar is cute, its not for me. I have issues with shirts that have collars because I always think a collar requires the hair to be pulled up, which is always a challenge for me. LOL

    Great ideas Anna – food for thought for sure!


  • Christa Hampton

    You totally pulled this off, Anna. That black dress is amazing. I love that you wore leopard flats with the second outfit. I would have never thought about that, but I really like the combo. Might have to swing by H&M and pick up the detachable collar. xoxo

  • Lizzie

    I love that dress, the white and black really make the collar pop. I just bought a dress with a peter pan collar and a cutout back that I love.

  • Sarah Lawson

    Big fan of Peter Pan collars. I just bought a dark red dress with a beautiful statement collar. I love both of these looks, Anna. You always inspire me to be more stylish. Thanks for all the advice.

  • Deanne Castro

    Fabulous looks! You’re a great inspiration, Anna! xo

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  • k2spitfire

    peter pan collar? i am peter pan.

  • Tiffani Stuart

    I think my 2 favorite ways to do the Peter Pan collar, is with a dress & with coats. Lauren has an amazing coat w/a Peter Pan collar that I love! And Anna- Love that Aqua dress girl! that keyhole accompanying the dress is magnific! Wendy Williams had an embellished Peter Pan Collar on a few days ago, that she said she hated (she says, “”she doesn’t do ‘cute’ well…she’s more sexy), but I loved it! It goes to show, it’s all about personality. It looked great on her, though- It was a solid Navy short dress with a smokey gun-metal leather Peter Pan Collar. Can’t wait to see member pics of how they do Peter Pan Proud!

  • Bunhead

    Hey girl. Not only are the first two looks amazing, but the three you styled below are also amazing. I love how girly and clean your outfits always are. Would you ever consider guest blogging every week? I just love these post so much. xoxo

  • Ally Powell

    I haven’t tried the peter pan collar yet because my style is a little more edgy. But I love how you showed a sweet and classic look. I could see myself wearing that first polyvore though. Thanks for styling something for everyone.

    Cheers, Ally

  • Paige Kounnas

    I absolutely love all of these looks! So cute! xo

  • Kellie Norton

    I love the Peter Pan collar!! I’m definitely loving the detachable collar! Loved your post Anna :-)


  • Leanne

    Anna, you’re adorable!!

    Love from South Africa

  • GraceyCleo

    Another great post, Anna. You are too darn cute. Congrats on all your success. I’ve been seeing you everywhere these days. Wishing you all the best.

  • Emilie

    I really love the embellished collars – one of the cutest trend around at the moment. I really like the first style.

    xo Emilie @

  • Dina Karivalis

    I love the collar look, I actually have two really cute LC shirts from Kohls with peter pan collars!

    xo Dina

  • Varsi Stockwell

    Oh, sweetie, these looks are amazing. The teal color goes with your hair so perfectly. Great post

    xo, Varsi

  • Sarah Chase

    what a great look!


  • Chastity Martin

    As always, your post is awesome!!!! Love the outfits and love your back grounds. I’m jealous. LOL

  • Jade Wright
  • Martin M

    A collar gives the look the finishing touch. The German brand Rena Lange invented the so called Bubicollar and is one of the brand signs. Really reminds me on that :) XOXO from Germany.

  • Eliza-Jane Gittany

    For an embelished collar on a white blouse. I would wear it with normal black skinny jeans and some studdded/non-studded boats for a casual comfy look.

  • Deanne Castro

    Fabulous looks! You’re a great inspiration, Anna! xo

    For more fashion and beauty advice, please visit my blog:

    Today’s post: OOTD: A Splash of Red


    Follow My Fash Avenue on:

    Twitter: @myfashavenue






  • Rebecca Bakofsky

    just opened up a bunch of tabs to purchase some of these items! love this post :)

  • Meghan Conard

    Love Peter Pan collars! So cute!

    Check out my new post


  • Pamela Wessel

    This style is growing on me more and more! I absolutlely love it!! I need to go shopping now after seeing this blog!

  • Michelle Lopes

    Love the LC Lauren Conrad Boyfriend Blazer – it’s a must-have! AND the Dorothy Perkins Embellished Collared Top – soooo cute

  • Carol S

    Looks so great on you – as always!!

  • Kate Noto

    I don’t think collared shirts look good on me.

  • Sabah Williams

    Another great post Anna!!!!!!!!!! I love the black dress with the embellished collar! Very Audrey Hepburn (ish)!!!! I also love the burgundy pleat peplum top! Super cute, and affordable!!!! Have a great weekend! :)

  • debora f

    woow i love this post!!! amazing outfit

  • Kate Noto

    I think the black dress with the detachable collar would look nice

  • HistoryBeauty

    I actually did a blog post about this trend!

    Check out my beauty channel and blog!

  • Ambi s

    Just bought a collar necklace today – such wonderful tips :-)

    Bombay Rose: A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog.

  • Jade Wright
  • Linh Ly

    love love all the outfits you picked out Anna! great choices!

  • amber bree

    i like with a dress. amazing. so cute.



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