Types Of Collars

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Decoration made up of one or two pieces of fine soft pleated fabric; it is attached at the base of the neck and spreads out over the chest.

sailor collar 

Collar that is square in back and has long lapels extending over the chest; it is fastened to a V-neck and, out of modesty, the plunging neckline is often concealed with a piece of fabric.

bow collar 

Collar made of a long strip of soft fabric sewn onto a round neck; it can be tied in front in various ways.

shawl collar 

Wide turned-down collar with long rounded lapels that partially cross in front.

Peter Pan collar 

Flat collar of uniform width with rounded tips; it is sewn onto a fairly open neck.

dog ear collar 

Turned-down collar characterized by long, fairly wide points, which are rounded at the tips.

tailored collar

Collar whose fold covers the back of the neck; its lapels form a V where they cross on the chest.

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Collar with rounded or tapered points that is sewn onto the neck and turned down along a fold line, which is higher in back than in front.

Collar: piece sewn onto a garment that finishes or adorns the neck.

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High-necked collar that is folded over; it is usually snug around the neck and does not fasten.

cowl neck 

Turtleneck that is large enough to be draped over the head, making a kind of hood that frames the face.

polo collar 

Turned-down pointed collar fastened with a buttoned placket, which ends at mid-chest.

stand-up collar 

Collar made of a narrow strip of fabric that sticks up from a round neck; its edges meet in front but do not fasten.

mandarin collar

Stand-up collar with rounded upper points that come together at the neck, forming a V.

bertha collar 

Collar made of a strip of fabric of variable width and attached to the edge of a neckline or round neck.


Piece of delicate, pleated or gathered fabric that adorns the neck of a dress; its shape has varied greatly from one period to another.


2 thoughts on “Types Of Collars”

  1. PS to my comment above: There was a time when men wore collars that were rounded but folded over. On women’s blouses today, it’s called a Peter Pan collar. I don’t imagine that men would be too thrilled if we called theirs a Peter Pan collar. 😉 What was it called?

  2. A wide, flat, round collar, sometimes with a ruffle, usually worn with a floppy bow tie, characteristic of boys’ shirts from c. 1880-1920. The same as the wing collar, but with rounded tips.

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