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How to wear - the 'buttoned-up' collar trend

Updated on April 19, 2013
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The 'buttoned up' trend is taking over the streets of fashionable London! And no, we are not talking about looking like a schoolteacher or a librarian - this style can be worn many different ways and is perfect for layering. The simplicity of the shirt on it’s own also makes it a go-to favourite. The usually formal button-ups have given way to a style that is considerably more sexy and chic. It can be the perfect outfit for going out with friends - not just for wearing at work.

Try it out!

This is not about dusting off any old flannel and calling it a trendy look - the current climate calls for something more refined and well put together. When you try the 'look' for the first time, it can take some getting used to - and you may feel very covered up and geeky so you will need to compensate by adding some 'glamour'. By that I mean that you could add a splash of colour by combining the shirt with a jacket - this will be perfect for spring:

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Accessorise your buttoned-up look

The focus of the highly popular buttoned-up shirt has given rise to accessorising the collar area. This can be particularly appropriate for when you want to style your look for a particular occasion. There is an array of possibilities, whether you want dress up for a date or if you are looking for a laid-back style for going out shopping with friends.

To achieve a sophisticated look, simply by add some shiny studs to the edges of the collar - and instantly the attention will be drawn to your new style. If you are bold enough, then try wearing a sparkly bow-tie to show off your neck area. To make it a bit more young and casual or for a weekend look, add the bow to a jeans shirt to make an impact:

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The rise of the 'add-on' collar

The love of collars knows no boundaries! Several different styles of collars have arisen and today you see them everywhere - as knitted or embroidered, glittery or sparkly, pointy or round. There are even collars shaped as necklaces, which will instantly update any plain sweater. Many of these collars are now pointy or rounded 'Peter Pan' style, and many are minimalistic (and sometimes barely there!).

What I find so comfortable in these collars is that there is no need to buy a blouse to wear underneath your sweater, you simply wear an add on collar instead! No need for bulky layers when you can add a collar to any outfit.

Tips on collars - "collars are the new cleavage"

Some may argue that this look has been around for a long time – but I would say that it’s only quite recently that it’s translated from a 'teenage hipster look' to a chique daytime and going out look.

This trend is not for everyone and can feel uncomfortable to start off with - but I would still give it a go! There is high wearability with many variations and I would recommend experimenting until you find a look that you are comfortable with - you might think it's the best look you've had!

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      Louise Lately 4 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Faith:) Thank you for taking the time to read this hub. The trend can be worn many different ways and I think it's very versatile. I've just started experimenting with this look and I really like it.

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      Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

      Hi Louise! Great hub. I love this look. It manages to be cute and sophisticated at the same time. I also love how sparkly collars can take the place of jewelry.

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      Louise Lately 4 years ago from London, UK

      Hi StockholmWriter! Thank you for your comment - it's a bit more of a 'closed' than lose look but I've grown to like it!

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      Louise Lately 4 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Careermommy - it's a look that I've just discovered, I always like trying something new. Thank you for commenting and for taking the time to read the hub.

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      StockholmWriter 4 years ago from Stockholm, Sweden

      Hi Louise lately I read the article with interest. I think that the idea with a lose collar is brilliant, good photos.

      love Stockholm Writer

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Louise, I love the buttoned up look, especially for work. Thank you for the photos and sharing.