Style Tip: It’s the little things that can make a difference: Embellished collars

Collars are big – not in the literal sense but in the fashion sense.  The past few seasons have seen them brought to our attention to the point where it is often the collar on a garment which takes centre stage, rather than the garment itself.

Zara has, for a while now, been adding studs, sequins and other embellishment to the collars on its blouses as shown here on this Zara new season blouse, which costs £39.99


 Zara also has this parrot shirt with diamante on the collar which costs £29.99.  


Adopting a slightly different theme, they have also released this embroidered tulle blouse with pearls around the collar for £32.99 – so pretty.


For a white cotton shirt which is crystal embellished, take a look at Maje at Net-a-Porter

Embellished collars aren’t going to appeal to everyone, so as an alternative way to get a similar look but with a little more flexibility, an embellished collar necklace can do a fantastic job. The obvious difference is that they can be worn with a variety of different pieces, from breton style tops, to fine knits, to collar-less shirts and plain t-shirts.

I have already shown you the NW3 beaded collar, which I wore when on holiday. It can be worn at a variety of different lengths, which makes it extra versatile.



For an alternative, look to Galibardy for a black pearl collar which, at £7.00, is a great way to test the water if you’re not sure.

                                  BLACK PEARL COLLAR 

Dorothy Perkins offers a pastel bead collar for £12.50

                                                            Pastel bead collar

together with this soft cream bead and pearl collar for £12.00

                                                   Cream pearl and bead collar

For velvet, sequins or fur options, look to Gemma Lister for a fantastic selection of collars, or to Zara for this black and lime mesh bib with gemstones which would be perfect for those who prefer something a little less girlie.


Primark, Next, Oasis, New Look, H&M – you will find them everywhere and from velvet, to sequins, to fur, to heavy embellishment to lace and leather – there will be something for everyone if you are tempted to dip your toe in the water.



  1. Andress
    August 7, 2012 / 9:51 am

    Thanks for showing these Beth, Im quite taken with the sparkly pearly ones as I think they would flatter the face.

    • StyleGuile
      August 11, 2012 / 9:14 am

      So pleased that you like them. I think that the pearl ones are great too and it's fab that they are such a low cost and versatile update.

  2. Michelle
    August 7, 2012 / 11:18 am

    Oh yes, love those. In particular the last one. A few years back I picked up some lovely lace and sequin material collars off ebay. Whilst I could wear them loose I sewed one onto a striped Primark T-shirt. It looks the bees' knees and people always ask where it comes from.

    • StyleGuile
      August 11, 2012 / 9:15 am

      And I bet that makes you feel great. I might try that one some time!

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