Charity / Fashion / Harper's bazaar / Magazine


This season’s obsession with the collar doesn’t just stop at the huge fur collar mentioned here. Collars are everywhere, most of them being some sort of cross between a necklace and a collar. Now, I have a confession… I think they’re hideous. Maybe it’s because I have fought a long standing battle with a double chin and anything that is that eye catching, that close to my neck should be banished to the depths. Whatever the reason, they don’t suit me.

However, just because they repulse me doesn’t mean that they’re not going to suit other people. The preppy look has been at the forefront of fashion for a few season’s now, and this is just a slightly more spangly version. Harper’s Bazaar pays homage to it over two pages of a spread otherwise dedicated to 19th Century decadence.

Decorative collar as seen in Harper’s Bazaar

Now these things are ten-a-penny in High Street stores up and down the country, however that doesn’t mean that it’s not cool to find an original, in fact, it takes this trend to the next level.

Decorative collar, £5, The Red Cross, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

The level of detailing on this item is gorgeous, even if it’s not something that I would partake in personally. It suggests a prim decadence and harks back to a similar age to that of Downton Abbey, perhaps that is why it has gained so much traction.

You can see a fair few other gorgeous items in this cabinet and I can recommend charity shops as a brilliant place to pick up unusual jewellery, though be careful that you are not just purchasing brand new costume jewellery bought in by the charity. Stand out items like this will be easily identifiable as donated pieces and are well worth the money.


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