20 November 2013

Peter Pan

houndstooth + rhinestones

So I wore this outfit to work the other day and promptly got called Emma Pillsbury, pilgrim and a small town first-grade school teacher by some of my co-workers and friends. Somewhat strange references aside (sorry, pilgrims small town first-grade school teachers and Emma Pillsbury), my peeps are no strangers to my sometime over-accessorized ways, but their area of interest thing time was my collar.

My peter pan collar.

houndstooth + rhinestones  houndstooth + rhinestones

I am a layering fanatic, so shirt collars peeking out are key to completing the perfect layered look in my book. The rounded peter pan collar is just a softer version of that and I think it's got that whole "proper and buttoned up" vibe that I find kind of cool.

But I know some people consider peter pan collars the not-so-good-type-of old school and may have bad connotations of the look from way-back Catholic school days. Or on their Aunt Myrtle who is about eight days older than baseball. And sure, if cartoon queen of the twee Hello Kitty had a neck, she'd probably kill it in a peter pan collar.

What do you think about these curvy little collars? Should they be limited to the classroom along with plaid pinafores or can a modern day lady wear them with pride without looking too twee?

houndstooth + rhinestones

houndstooth + rhinestones

Top: Loft jeweled collar (sim pricey, sleeveless)
Skirt: J.Crew pixilated houndstooth (worn here - sim exaggerated, as dress)
Bracelets: Sage K and Co (sim), Yunikelley (sim), Tag Heuer
Shoes: Pour La Victoire mai (worn here - same in suede, sim, lower)
Bag: Coach poppy flight bag in metallic mirror (worn here - same smaller, sim larger, sim)

Linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy and Tara at Mix and Match Fashion.

58 comments:

  1. I would totally wear this entire outfit Lisa! It's perfect!! The collar is especially lovely. (And unrelated to fashion: your post title totally reminded me of what I just watched on Once Upon A Time, what an amazing episode that was was! Highly recommend the show.)

    Choo Choo
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    1. I love Once Upon a Time! I wish they'd go back to Storybrooke more this season though, I miss Red - and whatever happened to Mulan? How come everyone else gets a "true love" and she doesn't?

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  2. Peter Pan collars are the best! Will I sound like a nerd when I say they are my favourite style of collar? I totally agree that when it comes to layering, they are the best. The BESTEST.
    Also, I love this look on you. It's so simple but so eye-catching at the same time. It's my favourite look of yours in ages. Siiigh if you weren't so much smaller than my tall viking self I really would be getting ready to break into your house, guard dog or no guard dog! ;)

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    1. The grass is always greener, because I would so love to be taller! ;o)

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  3. I love this look and the collar is so cute!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  4. I, too, love Peter Pan collar tops and think they are totally adorable.

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  5. I love Peter Pan collar tops, and if I could dress like Emma Pillsbury every day I would. I mean, IRL she could NOT afford all of those designer outfits on her guidance counselor salary... but I love the bows, cardigans, etc.

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    1. Yeah if guidance counselors could all afford to dress like that, I might have picked another profession. ;o)

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  6. Oh, I love that top. I need more peter pan collars in my life.

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  7. Personally I'm drawn to Peter Pan collars. Whether that is a good thing I'm not sure. Also I am a HUGE fan of Emma Pillsbury. HUGE. I'd say that was a compliment to be compared to her fab style.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I want in to Emma's closet! Or just show me the way to the actor's wardrobe closet!

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  8. I love your Peter Pan collar! Anything with the name "Peter Pan" in it is awesome! I wish they would make more dresses with them with sleeves and short poofy skirts. Ahhhh. To dream. But we are in Never Never Land, afterall.

    Jenni

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    1. Unfortunately I don't think I'm built to rock a short poofy skirt, but I can envision your dream dress (it's faintly shimmery, metallic?) and it rocks! ;o)

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  9. I didn't like Peter Pan colors until this year. Then when I actually bought a shirt with that type of collar I wore it once and it's hidden in my closet. I should pull it out and try something like your outfit.

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    1. My big sis has been wearing peter pan collars forever and always makes it look chic. I didn't get into it really until this year. Still learning!

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  10. I love your outfit. I am still stalking ebay for that skirt.

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  11. I love your bag, very cute!

    Rosalyn
    www.just2fancy.com

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  12. Preppy? yes.. but frumpy? Hell no! This is chic, chic, chic!

    REGARDS FROM DUBAI xxx
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
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  13. I like the Peter Pan collars as long as it's something that already goes with the person's style. Like you...you I see in Peter Pan collars and it doesn't look twee or like you're trying too hard. Personally, I don't think they're for me. Although I admit I have only tried 1 on & then I got pregnant & they don't exactly make maternity shirts with Peter Pan collars. I'll have to check more out next year to see if it works for me.

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  14. You have rocked that skirt so well in a number of good combos. Impressive.

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    1. I have to keep telling myself, if I buy it, I better wear it! ;o)

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  16. I think that you have once again nailed a trickier fashion style. You have mastered the art of layering which can be difficult when it comes to comfort. Sleeves can bunch up or the shirt tails are either too long or too short. It's so much easier to throw on a tee as an undershirt, but it does make a huge difference when I see how you layer.
    Stacey

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    1. I cheated this time because this sweater came with the built-in collar. No bunching this time, but I've had my share of fiddling with under layers! ;o)

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  17. Personally? I love peter pan collars. :) Forget the naysayers, wear it with pride! ;)

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  18. You are so right! Hello Kitty would definitely wear a peter pan collar if she had a neck! Of course she would!

    I really like the twee/Emma Pillsbury look. I really like peter pan collars. But, as I get into my forties I have become paranoid that when I wear a peter pan collar, I look like an old lady trying to look young. LOL Sometimes I wonder if I am over thinking my fashion choices based on my age. In any case, you look fantastic in your peter pan collar!
    xo,cynthia

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    1. Hey, I still shop at Forever 21 and they cater to the teen set. I like their on-trend pieces and their prices, but I always have to kind of second-guess myself - is it too young for me? could I wear this to work? would I wear this out at all?

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  19. Nah Peter pan collars are all the rage :) Keep rocking them :)

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  20. People are so funny! I love this outfit with its Peter Pan collar and the print on this skirt. =) You look fabulous.


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    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

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    1. I always go by a saying my sister told me (which I think she stole from Rachel Zoe) - nothing wrong with being the nicest dressed person in the room!

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  21. I love your peter pan collar! The embellishment is so gorgeous!
    xo,
    Angela

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  22. Your color combo is amazing!

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    dawn

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  23. anything with a peter pan collar is just adorable.. your look is no exception!! :D chic!

    Animated Confessions

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  24. I love the Peter Pan collar on you! So cute.
    I am also seriously coveting that skirt--love the colors and the print.

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  25. I am a big fan of peter pan collars - I think they add such a feminine touch! I wished I had bought that J Crew skirt - I love the colors!!!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  26. Okay, I get Emma, but the others don't make sense to me. I love this skirt by the way, and a reference to Emma's style is a total compliment as far as i'm concerned.
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. I don't know, I don't exactly mind the pilgrim aesthetic, they've got streamlined dressing down. ;o)

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  27. Lisa, what a fantastic skirt !
    I do love the jeweled collar!
    www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

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  28. i adore them! when i heard peter pan collars were back in style i was ecstatic. i think they're so cute. and yours with the little jewels. very nice. great outfit lisa.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  29. LOVE. And the simple structure of the sweater and the bold houndstooth pattern of the skirt definitely move the Peter Pan collar from twee into the grown-up realm.

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  30. Hmmm.. I'm guessing that your co workers just aren't aware of the fact that this "ain't" your average "Peter Pan"! When did he ever rock studs?! ; )

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    1. I don't know, Peter Pan may have all goth when he was only hanging with his Lost Boys ... ;o)

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  31. I like peter pan collars and I think the collar on this sweater looks very sophisticated!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  32. It totally depends on the person. I think you rock the Peter Pan collar, it suits you. I don't think it looks twee on you at all, but it definitely runs into twee territory for some people (me, for one :)).

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  33. Since I want every single item of clothing Emma Pillsbury wears, I think that must be a compliment of the highest order! My favorite blouse in high school had a Peter Pan collar. It was a hand-me-down from my cousin and so not in style, but I felt really good wearing it. I think it works because it is dainty but not prissy, different but not weird, and very flattering for many peeps.

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  34. COver your ears, You look marvelous, how could you not ? that is my favorite skirt.
    Regarding Peter Pan collars, i personally love them too.

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  35. They're just jealous so don't listen to your coworkers. I have this skirt and love the way you have styled it. I think it almost works better for when it is cooler because it is such heavy fabric.

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    1. I agree, fabric-wise it is definitely a cooler weather skirt. Plus the houndstooth pattern just seems so fall and winter appropriate.

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  36. I only have one Dress in that Collar and I need more pieces including a top. Your Top & Skirt are Gorgeous. I love Houndstooth, even better if it's Red - my favorite color.

    I am always super impressed with your Outfits, Lisa. I got caught up with your blog and left you a few comments on your latest posts. Please stop by and link an Outfit with me. Thank you. Enjoy your weekend, Ada. =)

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    1. You look fantastic in bright bold colors so I can see why red is your favorite!

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  37. This look is amazing - and I think the peter pan collar on this top is subtle - it certainly doesn't scream the Catholic school blouses I fondly (or not so fondly) remember wearing. And who cares - because that skirt is gorgeous and you totally rock it (I'm envious - it was a disaster on me and it looks so lovely on you!) I think sometimes it's easier for people to poke fun at something they say they would never wear but they're probably secretly jealous :) thanks for sharing!

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  38. Stunning Lisa!
    I love the peters panned collar dressed up with hardware, and the houndstooth is gorgeous in that vivid shade!
    Beautifully done!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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  39. It is also the combination. This skirt is lovely but can also be seen as classic. The same with the sweater. So I get the point. But with those awesome shoes and because the proportions are exactly right, I think you can get away with it. Easy. Looking good.
    Greetje

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  40. I just think you are extra chic. A very sophisticated outfit, which I like. You are lovable!

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