Bring Back the Dickie Collar
As the break-neck speed of fashion continues to accelerate, I advocate a revival of the dickie collar.
A Victorian solution to give an otherwise plain outfit an elegant touch, this lace collar was worn by women around their neck, with the loose end tucked in the shirt.
Photographed in Ireland, this collar was essentially an economical way to “dress up”. Later versions of the dickie came in celluloid fabric, cloth or even cardboard.
An additional benefit of later dickies was that they were easily washable and, when ironed, looked like a starched shirt.
For this reason, dickies became particularly popular among those who sweat, including entertainers, musicians and bellboys.
Today, those same characteristics could bring an additional environmental appeal to the dickie: Change your look, but not your shirt.
Note: The word “dickie” is a more recent term. Does anyone know the older word?
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