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The Detachable Collar: A Trendy New Accessory for 2012

Updated on October 14, 2011

On a recent trip to Japan, I saw one particular accessory everywhere: detachable collars. Apparently they have been popular amongst the more fashion forward of Tokyo since 2010 and they look absolutely fabulous!

Detachable collars last had a significant heyday in Victorian times, when stiff white collars were the norm. The detachable collars available today are not quite the same thing that was worn back in the 1800s; their modern incarnations are more varied in style and embellished, which makes them easier to incorporate into the modern wardrobe.

While detachable collars have become widely adopted throughout the streets of Tokyo, I have yet to see them take hold in the United States, United Kingdom, or any other country, which is why I see them as having great potential for becoming a trendy new accessory in these countries in 2012.

A detachable collar advertised in Harajuku
A detachable collar advertised in Harajuku


In Tokyo, I saw three primary types of detachable collars:

  • Traditional detachable men's shirt collars: worn like chokers
  • Peter Pan: these have more of a scoop neck and rounded edges
  • Fur: these start to edge more ink scarf territory, but are still most definitely categorized as detachable collars

The collars ranged in price from 1900 yen (about $25 at the current yen to dollar exchange rate) to 7500 yen (about $98), so I didn't buy any while traveling, but have found quite a few on eBay that go for a much lower price!


While most of the detachable collars I saw in Japan were made of fabric, I did see quite a wide rage of variation when it came to decoration and embellishment.

Some detachable collars had been adorned by cool decorative pins. Others had been bedazzled by jewels, while still more were beaded. Quite a few of the detachable peter pan collars I saw were also adorned by lace.

I also noticed a couple of wide, beaded necklaces that were patterned like detachable collars. It was interesting to see how the collars had become so popular that they had expanded into the jewelry market.


Most of the detachable collars I saw that were being worn by women on the streets and on television were Peter Pan collars worn with sweaters- sort of draped over the tops of them like a shawl.

I was hoping to see more women wearing the men's dress shirt style like a choker- Playboy Bunny style- but did not. Perhaps that is a variation that has yet to come. Considering that shows such as NBC's Playboy Club are bringing the style back into the public consciousness, this may very well happen!

A Fun Alternative

Do you have a detachable collar or two, or have you seen anyone wearing one? Let me know in the comments! I'm quite curious to see where they're catching on.

Even if detachable collars do not catch on in America or Europe, I am going to have fun with them. To be honest, I like the idea of donning a unique accessory that nobody else has, so perhaps I should keep my fingers crossed that the trend doesn't spread!


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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      I can see where the jeweled collar, would be a new trend:) It is very classy, with the right garment! Nice to be on the cutting edge of what is to come, in the US in 2012:)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      It's quite true, prairieprincess! Japanese fashion in general strikes me as very ahead of the curve.

      I'm jealous of you, lifeandhealth! It sounds like you've got a great collection!

      I think the style would work great for you, Joy!

      And for those wondering what col raid said, she expressed that she's 51 years old and has enjoyed wearing crisp collars with sweaters and skirts/dresses, and also thinks matching cuffs would be a good addition. Or something to that extent.

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      col raid 6 years ago

      j'ai 51 ans et toujours appréciée de porter un faux col toujours bien bien amidonné et trés raid sous un pull col roulé en apparence avec une jupe ou une robe et pourquoi pas avec des manchettes assorties

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      Joy 6 years ago

      I've always loved the idea of wearing detachable collar as a choker, I guess this got into my subconcious cuz I really like those miu miu dresses a couple years ago (runway model wearing collar). I don't have any detachable collars and I'm looking to buy some men's detachable collars on the internet. I already have a quirky style, the collar will definitely get me more attention, lol

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      Clara Mae Watrous 6 years ago from Washington State

      Your article makes me smile. I presently have some detachable peter pan collars in my dresser drawer. They have a facing that tucks under a sweater or dress neckline. Our daughter gave me some crocheted ones she had made with a ribbon woven into the top loops and tied in a bow in front.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Wow, this is such a cool hub. The Japanese girls seem to be so up on trends and fashion. It's a neat idea and could add an extra dimension to a boring crew neck, dressing it up a bit. That collar necklace is very unique, too. Great hub!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, Sunnie Day!! You're so lucky!! And I bet those collars are worth a lot now!!

      Thanks, Happyboomernurse! And detachable collars (at least in Japan) have been going viral on their own! I'm just curious to see if they ever catch on elsewhere.

      Well, shea duane, you would still look very fetching in a peter pan collar, no matter what sort of neck you have!

      I'm right there with you, FloraBreenRobison. There was a period last year where I took each and every lunch break to wander through men's suit stores. Siiigh. Those dapper clothes...

      Thanks for the vote, asmaiftikhar!

      Well, you're just automatically fashionable then,!

      Now THAT sounds amazing, joriechew! THe ones I saw were purely for looks, but that more functional version sounds amazing!

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      joriechew 6 years ago

      I heard of a detachable collar that come with an ice pack in it, good for summer season. Wonder did you come across any in Japan?

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      As a dog my owner makes me wear a collar except when I'm allowed out for a run in the park.LOL

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      asmaiftikhar 6 years ago from Pakistan

      vvoted up dear!

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I've always preferred the collars that are found in traditional men's shirts. they can be used for a variety of settings.

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      shea duane 6 years ago from new jersey

      I love this style... but I'm getting turkey neck (I'm 50 now). I don't think calling attention to this particular part of my body would be a good idea... I have good hair though lol.

      great hub

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Hmm... wouldn't it be great if this went viral and you helped promote a new trend! I've always loved the idea of a detachable collar but have only seen them on ladie's jackets. Think your idea of the choker style collar could definitely become trendy.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Also clicked the +1 button.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Good Morning Simone,

      This is so fancinating..I have some collars that were passed down to very vinatge..I will have to go pull them out of the boxes..Amazing how fashion changes and comes back around..I loved the seventies vibe..but think it is fading..:(

      Thank you for a great hub,