Forget Heathcliff and Darcy, there’s a new period love interest in town. Introducing the romantic collars that have won over our hearts (and our wardrobes).
Do you live in a uniform of white t-shirts and black jumpers? There will always be space in your wardrobes for fail-safe basics, but this season we’ve been inspired to put the fun back into dressing and experiment with our tops. First we fell in love with exaggerated puff sleeves, now there’s another particular detail that’s stealing the limelight: lace-trimmed collars.
Bringing all our Little Women-based fashion fantasies to life, the style offers serious costume drama appeal, but translates into our everyday wardrobes without looking like we’re en route to a drama class. The Chanel Cruise 2020 show put exaggerated collars in the spotlight, and we’ve seen Instagram’s most stylish influencers, such as stylist Pernille Teisbaek incorporating oversized frilly collars into their look.
Ganni’s spring collection further solidified the Copenhagen brands adoration for the whimsical detail, as the show was rife with frilly shirts layered over leather dresses, teamed over crisp shirts and paired with oversized striped blazers.
Pernille brings the vintage look straight into 2020 by ditching the lace and opting for the sharper collar. She pairs it with slouchy leather trousers and Bottega Veneta mules, and voila: perfection. To be honest, if Chanel has given this trend the stamp of approval, then we see this micro trend becoming mega this year. So how to incorporate it into our own wardrobes?
The way to wear it – without looking like you’re in fancy dress – is by keeping the rest of your look polished and fuss-free. Think tapered jeans, white ankle boots and an oversized blazer hanging from your shoulders.
From white cotton styles that offer all the romance of a costume drama love interest to shirting-inspired styles that you can take straight into office, these are the best ruffled collar shirts to shop now.
Before Little Women had even graced our screens, this Ganni beauty had already inspired our love affair with costume drama-inspired dressing. The exaggerated collar and ruffled edges feel ultra romantic, while the slim fit and buttoned cuffs make this piece streamlined enough to integrate into your 9-5 repertoire.
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Designed in Paris, this jacquard blouse with a frilly collar and cuffs feels every bit as romantic as a French getaway. Tick off two major spring trends at once thanks to this top’s playful puff sleeves and ruffled detailing.
Take your ruffles into work with this crisp white cotton shirt. Wear this frilly shirt with a pastel trouser suit to bring just the right amount of boho chic to your work wear repertoire.
If this exaggerated collared shirt looks familiar that’s because you’ll have seen a very similar design on modern-day dandy Harry Styles. Reminiscent of the black sheer design that Styles wore to the 2019 Met Gala, this silk crepe version will integrate effortlessly into your spring wardrobe.
Balloon sleeves and fluted cuffs fastened with pearl buttons give this blouse all the Victorian-inspired detailing we could dream of. A ruffled high collar feels just the right amount of prim and proper, especially when styled with straight-leg jeans and heeled boots.
TopshopIf there’s one piece that the March sisters would be found fighting over, we’ll wager this is it. A ruffled collar, cuffs and bib and draped fabric shoulders give this white shirt enough romantic appeal to merit a historical drama of its very own.
For a hit of colour, go for a Pepto-Bismol iteration to brighten up your wardrobe.
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Like a bib, but way more chic. The lace trip, fluted sleeves and simple button detail makes it an all-round winner. Style with light wash jeans and a chunky boot to keep it cool.
The simple white shirt just had a supersize collar update, and we approve. Try it out with trousers and a statement pair of trainers.
Update your knitwear game by opting for one with a statement collar. We’re imagining this with straight-leg jeans, thick-soled Chelsea Boots and a baguette bag.
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