Everyone in the fashion world loves a new trend, and I particularly love the biggest trend of the moment - the Peter Pan collar.
It may have started out on your favourite Disney cartoon character, but the Peter Pan collar has become chic and fashionable, gracing the necklines of gorgeous celebrities, such as actress Keira Knightly, TV presenter Alexa Chung and X Factor starlet, Rebecca Ferguson.
A Peter Pan collar can spice up even the most boring of dresses or add a vintage, feminine twist to an already great dress, such as floral and paisley patterned dresses, or even, like Rebecca, a little velvet number.
British high-street stores are packed full of this popular trend. Dorothy Perkins has a cool collection of dresses, priced between £25 and £28 in gorgeous blues, blacks and purples.
With Christmas coming up, this is the perfect item of clothing to add to your Christmas wish lists, or you can even introduce a friend or loved one to the new trend. They are great for the dreaded Christmas party, teamed with tights and killer heels, or alternatively, team them with brogues for the perfect casual day look.
The Peter Pan collar has been popping up all over Spring/Summer 2011 catwalks. Designer Isaac Mizrahi has updated the trend, adding rhinestones for am embellished take on the trend. A lace take on the collar was seen on Erdem's catwalks, giving the neckline a doily, Victorian-esque twist, something which Miss Selfridge has already caught onto, with their gorgeous Cream and Black lace Peter Pan collar dresses at £45.
A Peter Pan collar dress, designed by Pearl Lowe for Peacocks, was named as this season's must have dress. The gorgeous 1950s inspired dress has been seen on the likes of Holly Willoughby and some of the biggest fashion magazine editors in the country, causing the dress to sell out in record time, and at just £45, I'm not surprised!
Pearl Lowe's design was inspired by the 1950's, when the trend first appeared on the likes of Princess Grace Kelly. Now the trend is a must have staple of every girl's wardrobe. But, if you're not a dress kind of girl, try ruffles, chiffon and lace blouses with the trendy collar, for a charming smart alternative, perfect for interviews and fancy occasions.
Urban Outfitters, the kings of kooky, vintage style have ran away with the trend and stitched a Peter Pan collar on the likes of Sailor Bow blouses, pleat dresses and our absolute favourite, a Pins & Needles Striped Sweater, featuring three quarter length sleeves, striped design, and of course, the collar.
It's not often that a trend becomes as popular as this has done. Designers and high street brands have all jumped onto the Peter Pan collar trend and we are seeing it absolutely everywhere. We love that the trend has been recycled for the 21st century, bringing a hint of vintage to our much loved clothing, I hope it will be around for many years to come, possibly being recycled in another few years. I've already got a Peter Pan collar dress on order!
*Images courtesy of Sky.com, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge TheChicGeek and Urban Outfitters.
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