Collar necklaces are all the rage right now. They're gracing the pages of almost all the September issues of fashion magazines. Even Anthropologie has them which means they've definitely hit the mainstream. They're the perfect statement necklace. Here are some of my faves - they've inspired this post.
And the good news is, I've found a way to create your very own collar necklace without the hefty price tag - Just in time for back-to-school! Collars are a great accessory to layer under your every day t-shirt or sweater to dress up your outfit. The great thing about these collars is that they're super easy to make and an affordable fashion item that can be easily made within minutes. Even your girly tweens will have fun with this one!
1) Start with a trip to your Goodwill and collect several men's woven shirts with collars. They're priced at $3.99 each. I like men's shirts because the collars are usually a bit more sturdy. You want the collars to be stiff so it can hold up all the accessories that you'll be putting on them. I looked for both colors and shapes that I liked.
2) You'll need to shop for some embellishments - studs, beads, diamonds from other necklaces or bought from the store. I bought rhinestones and beads at my local Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's. I also purchased spikes and studs from Tandy Leather Factory (because I couldn't wait for shipping), but I'd totally recommend getting them at Studs and Spikes. You'll also need fabric glue and a good pair of scissors.
3) Use a sharp pair of scissors and cut off the collars of each shirt.
4) For the first collar, I glued some fuschia rhinestone embellishments on to the collar using fabric glue. And for the second collar, I glued some beads on the collar using fabric glue. A pop of color around the collar is a great way to spice up a neutral and casual outfit.
5) Next, I embellished the black collar with some round brass studs that have a bendable backing on them. All you have to do is poke the studs through and bend the backing down so it's completely flat (see below). You can continue to poke the studs through to create a unique design on your collar. I chose to line them up in a straight horizontal line, parallel to the seam of the collar. This is probably my favorite collar, it's just one of those pieces that can make any outfit look strong and edgy for a cool city chic look.
6) For the denim, I decided to use some silver pyramid studs to give it more of an edge. These silver studs have the same bendable backings on them. They're super easy to use. Just poke the studs through the fabric and bend the backings flat. Design the collar however you want. I wanted to emphasize the tip of this collar so all I did was stud the end of the collar. This is a great collar to edge up a simple shirt.
7) My next collar is a dainty Peter Pan collar that has a rounded edge instead of a pointed one. Peter Pan collars have a romantic vintage charm to them - a perfect accessory to make any outfit more girly and feminine. I decided to use beads from a bracelet that I had laying around, in a single row around the edge of the collar. Easy peasy.
Something as simple as a collar can take a typical and every day outfit and transform it into a well thought out and stylized look. Weather you choose a plain collar or an embellished beaded one, collars can really spice up a plain old shirt or dress. So I challenge you guys this season to sit down and design your own collars. It's really easy peasy. There's no limit on creativity. You can keep them simple or go crazy on them. The old wardrobe that you've had for years can completely be transformed with the addition of some amazing collars.
What do you guys think? Is this a project that you'd enjoy? Are the collars trendy enough for you to try out as a statement piece to an ordinary outfit?