Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Detachable Collar

I first saw the detachable collar in Refinery29. The Man Repeller blogger Leandra Medine road-tested a spiked version by Eleven Objects, showing different ways to wear it. It was cool, but the collar, at $325, was a steep offering. Definitely not for Kat Dy Finds! In another feature, Refinery selected six different pieces, but I found that the best ones were still pricey, ranging from $295 to $640.
A few weeks ago, however, while browsing through Lucky’s July issue, I found a dainty, pearl-encrusted version by H&M.  I liked it so much that I asked my crafty sister, Nina, to make me one. Using one of my old tops, Nina cut off the collar and beaded on a simple pattern using a combination of round and rice pearls. She edged it underneath with a ribbon of lace. Finally, she sewed on a rhinestone button to attach the ends together.  Voila! A nifty, yet easy-to-make DIY piece that only requires rudimentary sewing skills. 

Up to making one for yourself? What’s great about the detachable collar is that there’s a multitude of designs and style you can execute. Instead of using pearls, you can also use metal studs, crystals or sequins. We used a pointy collar, but rounded, peter pan styles can also evoke that romantic mood.
ASOS collar, a cheap find at $9.15, but unfortunately sold out!

Eleven Objects leopard print collar made of pony hair, $295. Love the red collar stand peeking out.

Wondering how to wear it? Heavily detailed collars stand out best when given a plain backdrop, while a bold-hued collar pairs excellently with printed pieces.
Here are some suggestions:

1) Wear it to spruce up a simple tank or tee. I wore mine with a gray tank and suede skirt, but it'll also go well with a pair of lace shorts that I have.

Tank, Topshop. Suede skirt, bought at a Milan flea market. Shoes, Rachel Comey. Leather wraparound bracelet, H&M. Mesh bracelet, bought at a NY sidewalk store. Vintage shades, gift from my friend, Larissa.

2) Do like Hailee Steinfeld and accessorize a sheath dress with a fancy collar.
Hailee shows off an elegant Miu Miu dress. Photo courtesy of Fabsugar.

3) Leandra Medine chose to add edge to her embroidered tank with a studded pony hair collar by Eleven Objects.

Photo courtesy of Refinery29.
How will you wear your collar?


  1. Kat! Zara & H&M came out with embellished collars! Check this out! Hehehe!

    But nothing beats DIY'd collars of course!

  2. Oooh nice, I never saw them, I guess I wasn't shopping around at that time haha! I think the first one is Miu Miu, Topshop has a similar piece on their website. :)

  3. Hi Kat! Came here by way of Topaz Horizon. I actually bought a tangerine leather collar months ago but I haven't worked up the guts to wear it. Your styling tips are great... maybe I'll finally break out the collar soon!

  4. Hi Deepa, where did you buy your collar? I want to see! :)

    I find it looks best with just a plain tank top. In your case, I feel like the tangerine will go well with a navy top. Or a caramel/beige top. :) Show me photos. I'm always curious to see how people wear detachable collars. :)

  5. Hi Kat, I'm selling detachable collars!

    Please visit for available designs and colors. Thanks!

  6. Hi Sharon, I'll check this out! :) Exciting!

  7. Thanks! Would it be possible to put this link on my multiply and facebook site? so that people will know how to wear it. ;)

  8. Hi Sharon of course! Send me a link as well. Thanks! I'll order a collar soon! :)

  9. Hi kat! you might wanna check out my site I have unique pieces that you might like! and also next week i'll be posting my detachable embellished collars! :)

  10. Hi Je! Thanks for the comment. Cute stuff on your site! :)


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