Sunday, January 15, 2012

Style Inspiration: Peter Pan Collars

Mia Farrow wears a dress with a Peter Pan collar on the set of John and Mary with Dustin Hoffman, January 1969

Peter Pan collars, which were popular in the early to mid-20th century, are making a comeback.  The collar was indeed inspired by J.M. Barrie's play and book of the same name.  I do feel that it's a rather young and girlish look, and it was even written about as far back as 1911 (when Barrie's book was first published) as only being flattering for the more youthful set:

From The Woman's Book, 1911:
"Collarless bodices in the daytime are only becoming to the very also are the Peter Pan and Claudine collars."  (Source)
For those interested in this trend, one of my favorite blogs put together a great tutorial for a DIY Peter Pan collar that is ingenious!

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  1. Meh....not a big fan. Peter pan collars are kind of schoolgirl-ish. I also wouldn't want to wear a middy (sailor collar-inspired) blouse. I actually wore a middy blouse as part of my school uniform for six years!

  2. I love Peter Pan collars! And love all your posts about Kirsten Dunst, and all the style-outift collages that you make, with the reference to the past and the current trend, they're awesome and really inspiring.

    Love your blog, following you now!



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