Am I alone in being against the popped-collar? ...

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  1. cmeisenzahl

    cmeisenzahl Senior member

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    From yesterday's WSJ. ;-)

    Popping Up Your Collar - WSJ.com
    "Q: Should I wear the collar of my leather jacket or blazer turned up? It seems a little pretentious, but women I know say that it looks more stylish that way. What do you think?
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    A: Most guys are comfortable turning up the collars of their top coats only in the winter, when they want to ward off gusty winds. But don't forget that some of the most macho role models in history wore upturned collars with panache: James Dean and Marlon Brando in their tough-guy leather jackets, as well as Humphrey Bogart in his trench coats.

    Also, RenÃ[​IMG] Lacoste, who wore the stiff cotton knit collars of his signature tops turned up to keep the sun off his neck, was a legendary French Grand Slam tennis champ known as Le Crocodile.

    So guys, there's nothing foppish about turning up the collar on leather jackets, coats and some shirts. Check yourself out in the mirror from all angles to experiment with ways to pop up that collar ever so slightly, so that it looks stylish and not too studied.

    If done well, the look, which works best on shirts and jackets that have stiff collars, can create a curve around the back of your neck that frames your face nicely and makes your neck look longer -- with the added bonus of minimizing jowls and double chins. To get the hang of it, study the look of models in fashion magazines and catalogs."
     


  2. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Senior member

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    No.

    Sorry to be so blunt:

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  3. cmeisenzahl

    cmeisenzahl Senior member

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    No.
    Sorry to be so blunt:
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    LOL, no apology necessary! ;-)
     


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    dsmolken Senior member

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    I've got one jacket I do it on when the weather calls for it. It has two collars, one removable, so I can only pop the removable one and still have a normal collar in its normal collar place doing the normal collar job. Somehow that makes it different.
     


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    emmanuel Senior member

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    Popping your collar for a specific reason is one thing but doing so for "stylish flair" is rediculous!
     


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    wldthistle Well-Known Member

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    "Hat tipped at perfect angle" - This is exactly what I thought of. They seem to go together, don't they. Now if it's cold outside, and you've forgotten your scarf, pop away. I actually find myself wishing my coats had a button on the underside of the right lapel to match the buttonhole in the left.

    -Greg
     


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    erdawe Senior member

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    Some collars aren't designed to fold down, greatly depends on the specific item we're talking about.
     


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    Spatlese Senior member

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    This thread demands to be weighed in on.
     


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    element02 Senior member

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    Some collars aren't designed to fold down, greatly depends on the specific item we're talking about.

    That's true. For the collars that are designed to fold down, I think they should only be turned up when warding off the weather.

    I remember the popped polo collar fad in the 80's and thought it was ridiculous then.
     


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    nordicstyle Senior member

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    I have only seen him on film, but I think Dracula also wears his collar "popped up". I've also seen other people wearing capes who do the same. But then again, maybe the cape collars actually are not meant to be folded down.
     


  11. porcelain monkey

    porcelain monkey Senior member

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    Popping your collar for a specific reason is one thing but doing so for "stylish flair" is rediculous!

    Exactly right. I would also ask exactly what expertise the WSJ has in fashion matters in the first place.
     


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    Working Stiff Senior member

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    In my books, anyone who wears a cape is allowed to do whatever he wants.
     


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    Standard Toaster Senior member

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    Are we talking coats or strictly jackets?

    Boyer.

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    gsugsu Senior member

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    I only do with a coat it when the weather is nasty, which is 7 months a year here. If I happen to be wearing a leather jacket, I only pop it when I am jumping the shark.
     


  15. millionaire75

    millionaire75 Senior member

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    Popping the collar on an overcoat is absolutely acceptable.
     


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