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The detachable collar: Put it on, wear it right

How to wear the detachable collar.

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The Jersey Shore gang made news of the popped collar. This season (thankfully), a much less wrangy version supplants it. Whether freshly starched or slicked-up in patent, fun detachable collars are peeking out from underneath knits, tees and coats. And because – when worn appropriately – they lend an air of prim formality, they're ideal in an office situation (unlike, say, The Situation).

1. It's a fine line between 'lady' and 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' when you're taking on this trend. To avoid over-the-top theatrics, look for collars that are smaller and devoid of frills.

2. Marc Jacobs's designs for Louis Vuitton played with subverted sexuality, prominently featuring a patent-leather bib collar beneath knits paired with pencil skirts. This look exemplifies the best way to wear the trendy piece – but restrict your collar's fabric to crisp boardroom appropriate cotton instead.

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3. Always wear the collar with layering pieces, like a crew-neck top. If you go it alone with a suit or a low-neck blouse, it will look out of place. Remember that your chosen collar should look like part of a complete outfit, rather than a superfluous accessory.

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