Monday, February 24, 2014

Things I don't like but everyone else seems to...#2 Peter Pan Collars

So we are back, with the second installment of the long running (mostly due to my posting infrequency!) series - Things I Don't Like But Everyone Else Seems To (or TIDLBEEST for short)*.

This time around it's the Peter Pan Collar.  As I began this post I started wondering about the origins of the collar - I couldn't recall who in Peter Pan that I have seen wears a collar like that.  Certainly not Disney's Peter - who is shown below in all his slightly sinister glory...


It seems that the collar was named such after the collar worn by Maud Adams in her 1905 depiction of the character (below).  Even that collar doesn't really have the roundness to it which is en vogue these days, but I can see the link...


So why don't I like them?  I am not really sure.  I think partly it's because they aren't flattering on me at all - they require a high round neckline, which is just about the worst possible thing a lady who is well-endowed can wear.  It's also because they are often tacked on to an outfit (literally - there are many patterns for detachable ones!) and therefore often don't match.  There is also a disturbing tendency for people to bling them or even make them crocheted, which mostly just looks a bit odd I think.

To be honest, they don't always offend me - there are some great uses of contrast with them - for example Issy has a shirt (which I bought her!  Shock!!) which is pale green with black birds printed on it. The black peter pan collar and button placket really makes the shirt look smart.  Generally though they feel a bit childish and girlie, which isn't a look I get inspired by at all.  I can see how they fit with a certain style, but it isn't a style I ever want to wear - so there!  (now who is childish...)

What do you think?  I was surprised when several people commented that they don't dig Liberty so much last time I wrote one of these.  Any other Pan-o-phobes out there?

Cx

*I shall from this day forth call something I don't like which is popular a "tiddle beast"...  

1 comment:

  1. Im with you on this one too - prissy is the word that comes to mind when i think peter pan collar. Love your "Things I don't like" serious - more more more please

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