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January 20, 2012 12:46 PM   Subscribe

Where the Peter Pan Collar Came From—and Why It’s Back. [slate.com]
posted by Fizz (16 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Never went away.
posted by cmoj at 12:58 PM on January 20, 2012


Wow, and I was just reading about how that very same run of Peter Pan basically caused half of the incorrect stereotypes about pirates. I wonder what else it influenced?
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:59 PM on January 20, 2012


"those suffering from superfluous adipose tissue"

Just about the best 6 words ever strung together to say "fat."
posted by Windigo at 1:10 PM on January 20, 2012


Wow, and I was just reading about how that very same run of Peter Pan basically caused half of the incorrect stereotypes about pirates. I wonder what else it influenced?

I'm sure you're right, but the phrase "incorrect stereotypes about pirates" sounds like the only good line from a conservative college group's terrible skit about affirmative action.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 1:27 PM on January 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Tell me when Scrooge McDuck spats to come back into style.
posted by hot_monster at 1:29 PM on January 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


As a Catholic school girl in the late 70s and early 80s, most of my school blouses had Peter Pan collars. Those damn things were a bitch to iron. That's why I 1) don't wear Peter Pan collars anymore, 2) don't iron anymore and 3) buy my daughter wash-and-wear white polos to wear with her Catholic school uniform.
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse at 2:16 PM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


When you say "Scrooge McDuck spats," do you mean spats worn without shoes or pants?
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:53 PM on January 20, 2012 [5 favorites]


The Peter Pan collar is the same as the menswear club collar, sometimes without the collar stand (the band around the neck that raises a collar off the neckline of a shirt). Club collars for menswear are back in style, so it makes sense the feminine equivalent would also return.
posted by Dreidl at 3:55 PM on January 20, 2012


"those suffering from superfluous adipose tissue"

Just about the best 6 words ever strung together to say "fat."


I like "tending to enbonpoint."
posted by binturong at 3:57 PM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Back with who exactly? (I don't mean celebrities, I mean actual people)
posted by jonmc at 4:36 PM on January 20, 2012


Back with who exactly? (I don't mean celebrities, I mean actual people)'

Well, with me, an actual non-celebrity person, but they never left with me, because I went straight to the thrift store the minute I was old enough to choose my own clothes and started dressing like Wednesday Addams, which has somewhat evolved into a more colorful but still distinctly Wednesday kind of look over the last twenty-five some-odd years.

Basically, everyone is dressing like me now, and I'll hold out and they'll start dressing like someone else but I'll still be dressing like me until I die, because I have accumulated too many really nice articles of clothing to go another way.
posted by padraigin at 6:18 PM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wear club collars regularly, and I'm a fairly ordinary queer in a notoriously unfashionable city best known for plaid flannel shirts over hoodies.
posted by Dreidl at 6:44 PM on January 20, 2012


jonmc - as someone who learnt to sew last year and has been reading a LOT of sewing blogs recently, the peter pan collar is definitely popular at the moment with people that sew their own clothes. And everyone else too, based on all the shops around where I live (admittedly, a rather hipsterish area). And I have no problem with that, since I think they're totally cute.
posted by celerity at 7:18 PM on January 20, 2012


I believe you, I just havent seen anybody wearing one.
posted by jonmc at 7:30 PM on January 20, 2012


Ugh, I so profoundly hated those when I was a little girl, my mom used to always want me to wear a white blouse with a Peter Pan collar over a navy blue sweater, usually with a kilt, for dressy. (In short, yes, a Catholic school girl uniform, only dress clothes.) With navy blue dress shoes that pinched my feet. I thought they looked so babyish.

Which is to say I'll probably give this trend a miss. (I mean, I've got mumblety-mumble pairs of shoes and I've NEVER worn navy blue ones again just on principle, so ...)

That said, now that I'm in my 30s I think Peter Pan collars are adorable on little girls. But if I had a daughter, I probably wouldn't buy her any. Ever. I hate them.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:15 PM on January 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


they seem like the perfect accessory for a generation of women afflicted with Peter Pan syndrome (think: writing in lower case letters, fetishizing kittens, and pretty much anything Zooey Deschanel might do). The feminist in me wants to hate them, but the fashion lover has to admit

Listen closer to that inner feminist, maybe.
posted by mikoroshi at 1:14 PM on January 21, 2012


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