Just like the necklines of women’s garments, collars do also have many different fashion terms and styles. Below is the list of fashion terms and styles (of women’s collars) that I manage to gather around the world wide web. If you are a fashion stylist, fashion enthusiast or even just a fashion games addict, you will greatly learn something new at this article that will give you a great advantage in the fashion world. So here we go.
Collars are classified as hand, high stand, and low stand. Within each type there are several styles defined by the shape of the collar’s outer edge.
BAND COLLARS Band collars have a straight or convex neckline edge.
Band (basic) Straight or slightly curved collar cut on straight yam direction or bias. May fasten in the front or back. (Also called stand-up collar.)
Choker Wide, high band, close fitting collar that fastens in the back. (Also called Victorian collar.)
Chinese Band collar with square or rounded ends that do not quite meet at center front. (Also called mandarin or Nehru collar.)
Wing Stiff band collar with pointed ends that fold outward.
Clerical Stiff white band collar, fastened in back. (Also called a Roman collar.) White collar may be partly covered by a black or colored collar called a rabat.
Ascot Long medium-wide to wide band collar with the two ends brought to the front and looped over each other. May be an extension of the collar or attached at back neck of collar. (Longer variation called stock-tie or flip-tie collar.)
Ring A band collar on a wide neckline. (Also called the moat or wedding-band collar.)
Portrait A band collar located farther away from the base of the neck than the ring collar.
Medic Narrow band collar that fastens on the right side. (Also called Ben Casey collar.)
Cossack Wide band collar that fastens on the left side. May be embroidered. (Also called Zhivago or Russian collar.)
Bow Long extension of wide band collar tied in a bow.
Funnel Large wide band collar variation which stands away from the face. Generally opens in front.
BAND COLLARS OF RIB KNIT
Crew High rounded neckline finished with narrow strip of rib knit.
Mock-turtle High rounded neckline finished with medium wide strip of rib knit.
Turtleneck High rounded neckline finished with very wide strip of rib knit that is often worn folded over.
Cowl Wide bias-cut draped collar. May be of knitted fabric like a wider and deeper variation of the turtleneck which drapes in soft folds.
ONE-PIECE HIGH STAND COLLARS High stand collars have a straight or slightly convex neckline shape. The major portion of the collar stands above the base of the neck.
Convertible One-piece high stand collar which can be worn open or closed. Lapels are formed when worn open.
Notched Tailored collar used for suits. There is a notch where the collar ends and joins the lapel.
Lapel Facing of the front of the garment which folds back to show. (Also called the revers.) Lapel and collar shapes include:
- Notched with square comers on lapel and collar.
- Cloverleaf with rounded comers on lapel and collar.
- Peaked with sharp point on lapel.
Chelsea Medium-wide collar with square pointed ends attached to a front opening V neckline.
TWO-PIECE HIGH STAND COLLARS
Shirt The traditional two-piece high stand collar (called band and collar). The ends of the collar may be square, round, or pointed. Variations include:
- Button-down with buttonholes in the ends of the collar, fastened to the shirt by small buttons
- Pin with eyelets through which a collar pin is inserted
- Tab with a small strap that buttons or snaps to other side of the space between the ends of the collar.
- Spread with wide spacing between ends of the collar
- Barrymore with 4- to 5-inch long points in front (similar to Byron or poet’s collar.)
- Swallow-tailed with extremely long, narrow-pointed ends.
LOW STAND COLLARS These collars have a concave neckline shape (also called flat collars).
Bermuda Narrow collar with squared ends at center front.
Choir-boy Medium-sized collar with rounded ends at center front.
Platter Medium-sized collar with large rounded ends in front. (Also called dog’s ear collar.)
Bishop Large round collar. The front edges extend downward and are squared.
Bertha Wide rounded collar extending from neckline to shoulder. Opening may be at front or back.
Pilgrim Wide rounded collar extending to shoulders with pointed ends at center front.
Puritan Wide collar extending to the shoulders with squared comers at center front and outer edges.
Sailor Collar is square in back and tapers to a V in front. Variations include braid trim around the edges and a dickey or inset in the V. (Also called middy or nautical collar.)
Butterfly Extremely large collar extending to shoulders. Front hangs down in two points almost to waist.
Cape Large circular collar that extends over the shoulders.
Shawl collars Shawl collars areformed by an extension of the garment front. They may he high stand, low stand, or hand collar types. The collar must he seamed at center hack.
Shawl Collar formed by an extension of the facing and garment front (undercollar).
Tuxedo Variation of a shawl collar, that continues the length of the garment front opening.
OTHER COLLAR VARIATIONS
Straight ruffle Straight piece of fabric, lace, or trim gathered to neck edge to form ripples.
Pierrot A straight ruffled collar that lays on top of the shoulders. It usually has two rows of ruffles.
Jabot One or more straight ruffles attached to neckline at center front.
Circular ruffle Edging made from circular piece(s) of fabric.
Cascade Circular-cut ruffle attached to neckline at center front of garment.
Bib Flat rounded, square, or oval shape fitting around the neck like a child’s bib.
Double Two collars of the same shape, the upper one smaller to show the lower one.
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