The Peter Pan collar has been a huge detail in the fashion world for a few seasons now. Which came first, Alexa Chung, or the collar? It certainly seems to have been a huge part on the making of Alexa into a style icon; it is the epitome of her Sloane vintage style, although of course we know they’ve been around a lot longer than Ms. Chung. Nevertheless, she has been a big part of its comeback into the fashion centrefolds. It is a neck detail imbued with a meaning of vintage, hipster style that can be applied to cute boyish shirts or lace vintage style dresses. It also doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, and if anything is gaining popularity in the mainstream fashion world.
The appeal of the Peter Pan collar likes precisely in its vintage origins. It manages to be both childlike and sophisticated; ladylike or androgynous, depending on how it’s worn. It can be found on so many styles and colors of dresses, so that everyone can have that vintage twist to an otherwise contemporary outfit. This simple collar can a twee element to any piece to achieve different effects; want a Wednesday Addams gothic-inspired ensemble? A black lace shift dress with peter pan collar has that dark chic vibe. A collar in a contrasting color or shade to the main body of the dress adds an unpredictable twist; this morphs the neck detail into more of an accessory, so that necklaces are not necessary. For an eclectic, vintage vibe, add a necklace or two to create a complex, interesting look.
Peter Pan dresses are a style that can easily be worn day and night depending on the accessories. For this reason, they are the perfect piece to wear on a Friday to take you from the office to the night out with friends. A quick change of shoes, the addition of a clutch or cute handbag and this dress type will be sophisticated enough for you to dance the night away. Worn with opaque tights and a fitted cardigan, they are great for the work day too.
If you’re worried that the peter pan style dress might be a little childish for you, the good news is that now it’s become such a huge trend, it’s possible to find versions of the style that are a little sexier. Mesh panels and sheer sleeves, back cutouts and cap sleeves all mean that a little skin can be shown, whilst maintaining the core cuteness that makes the style so attractive. You can also easily jazz your dress up with some gorgeous heels, or a classic leather jacket for an added edge. The possibilities with the peter pan dress are seemingly endless, and every season it seems like the collar style is going to be less of a fad and more of a successful comeback for the 1960s style.