10 September 2008

A World Of Collars




So this was actually yesterday's outfit, however unfortunately I did not have an opportunity to post. I had yet another doctor to see, and the results left me with somewhat mixed feelings, however I am ever the optimist.

The shirt actually has a bib front, with a silk and cotton blend, so that my skin colour comes through it. The collar could be considered as a 'mandarin collar', essentially a Western take on the Manchurian style. The mandarin collar typically rises up around one or two inches, with the edges of the collar on either side slightly overlapping, in this case with a button tab. The specific style actually has mainly military connations. However there is also a secondary genesis to this collar, that of the 'band collar', where a detachable collar was actually intended for use. These two styles are if we consider the collar from a purely Western viewpoint.

This style of collar is often also considered as a 'Nehru collar', named in the West after Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India from 1947 to 1964. He was a key figure in the independence of India and the first and longest serving Prime Minister. The specific style of jacket he wore was actually created in India in the 1940s as a formal jacket, with the literal Hindi and Urdu translation being 'coat with closed neck' (original transliteration: 'Bund Gale Ka Coat'). However the collar style in itself is thought to have come around with the hook style closing in the 18th century in South Asia. The style was found in that context in the 'Sherwani', essentially a fusion of the traditional 'shalwaar kameez' and the British frock coat. Since then the Sherwani has become akin to the national dress for men in Pakistan, worn on formal occasions, most prominently for the groom at weddings.

On a side note the superbly dressed and wonderful Ashleigh of i am ashleigh tagged me for the musical tag:

"Post a song/or part of a song that represents you, or part of you"

So I actually decided to choose two songs for today, maybe bending the rules slightly...

The first song is: Angels by Augustana

The second song is: Addiction ft. Cassie by Ryan Leslie

And because I love seeing the creative process in action, and more specifically because seeing Ryan Leslie dancing around to the beat made me laugh:


To continue the tag I have decided to pass it on to these amazingly wonderful bloggers:

Marta of With Love...
Fashion Dreamer of Fashion Daydreams
Coco of Coco's Tea Party

Currently playing: Favourite Girl - Marques Houston

xxxx

53 comments:

  1. You look so dapper! I am intrigued by design and collars are getting more and more inventive.
    I hope your dr appointments go well.Will remember you in my prayers dear. Liking the song choices.
    X
    Marian

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  2. that's such a great shirt, very unique. & i love your boots!

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  3. That shirt is adorable...I have one similar to it and you just inspired me to wear it out :)Plus, the history behind the " Nehru collar" was fascinating.... and now the shoes, ooh wow... they are gorgeous, especially the little detailing at the tip.

    And thank you so much for the tag... this one is going to be difficult, but I am looking forward to doing it in my next post.So, thank you once again :)
    Have an awesome day :)

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  4. I really love the shirt, it suits you very well
    The boots too :)

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  5. So fetching....

    Nice sweater too.

    Stay optomistic. I will too. Of course, I kind of through my own little hissy fit at school yesterday. Nothing major. Just these little injustices of the world you know...where teachers are never on my side.

    Thanks for the comment.

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  6. i am soo sorry toseem/be so nosey but (you do not have to answer) what exactly is worng with you?

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  7. Oooh, now I'm confused. Fashion terminology is really not my thing, haha. But thanks for the info! I have a simliar shirt with *insert correct term* collar in light blue.

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  8. I love the shirt! Both of us at stylesalvage would love for you to take part in Men Represent by the way.

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  9. Thanks, I like yours too. I almost didn't want to change it (my profile pic) because I was so used to it, but thought it was just a little too summery. Although the weather here is still very much summer. For at least a month or so more.... that is why I love Thanksgiving so much, usually by then, it gets a little bit colder.

    PS: THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! ab/ the comment in Teen Vogue. Love you for it! YOU ROCK!! :) Thanks!

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  10. Almost forgot- Great shoes. I love those on you. I'm always partial to an ankle boot or something in a worn leather (especially brown, like yours!)

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  11. The photos you took of yourself are done with a great perspective. I love the boots!

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  12. What a lovely shirt (like always, hihi) And the addicted song has been in my head a lot!

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  13. those boots are fierce.:) and the collar, perfection. it makes the whole outfit look so custom made/ tailored. wow.

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  14. i'm a huge fan of mandarin-style collars on men, there is something subtly distinguished about them, it all stems from their slight divergence from an ordinary collar style. a very, very fine shirt! (and as i have said before, i love those boots, they are super!)

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  15. Very spiffy look, DK!
    Loving the Mandarin collar and those jeans!!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  16. great outfit! you look fab!
    sea @ fashionsqueah! x

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  17. It like you were ready for a religious experience. But I like it. Cool shoes too.

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  18. your shoes are fantastic!! we tagged you with an award!

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  19. I love your informative post and I especially love your shoes!

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  20. am thinking of you and your health - and you look wonderful. love the shirt and boots.

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  21. i am loving the shoes, just scuffed to the right degree. I love that kind of collar actually, i have a shirt with one and wear it very often, just because its a bit different to your average.

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  22. That song "addiction" is my current jam....that and disturbia by rihanna!! :)

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  23. hey mister, what did the doctor say? TEXT ME. If you don't I will text you every day until you ease my mind. I worry about your health d00d.

    In other news I have ventured into the world of skinny jeans. xxxxx

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  24. I like that type of collar. It's a nice, small detail.

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  25. your posts always have such interesting information in them, how on earth do you find all this information? anyway lovely outfit, you do indeed look very dapper. i've linked your blog by the way! :)

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  26. i absolutely love your boots. <3

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  27. I'm so jealous of your shoes. Sigh.

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  28. Oh Dapper Kid you have NO idea about that sugar rush. Think marzipan cake but on an immensely larger scale. In fact i couldn't get to bed that entire night/morning hence the outfit. Eek!

    But i digress. What i really wanted to say was you my dapper-man know your collars lol. Are you a fashion student or scrounge the virtual world to satisfy those random tidbits of intrigue? hehe

    I really like shirts with the mandarin collar. Unfortunately my bust size makes it difficult to pull this look off lol. You do it absolutely wonderfully!

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  29. great shirt and mandarin collar suits you well :)

    i see alot of those in here (asia) and havent actually seen western people in it :)

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  30. Hi! This is my first time in your blog and I loved it! you have amazing style. This is mine if you want to check it out, though it is written in spanish..
    www.elnotable.blogspot.com

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  31. i knew you'd do me proud !

    and that no-collar-priest-looking shirt is awesome!

    i swear, albert hammond jnr, i swear it!! :)

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  32. You look so great! You've definitely got style :)

    Love your song choices, especially Angels by Augustana..it's so beautiful!

    x

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  33. Your shoes are amazing. They are just the most gorgeous shade of brown. So stylish!

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  34. great shirt, it looks like the one at H&M. The shoes are so cool, i really like them!

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  35. gosh now everytime i think of ryan leslie i think of the model chanel iman. i blame gossip bloggers lol

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  36. I love band collar shirt, its lovely.

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  37. Love the collar shirt, but your shoes looks sooooo great, love them!

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  38. You outfit looks smashing as allways. And get well. And have a nice day :)

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  39. not many people can work collar so congartualtions on that.
    but more than collar i really really like yuor shoes. they are excelelnt! you really studied collar thing, very interesting info.

    i hope you are well.

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  40. the boots look so good with your skinnies, more guys should learn from you!

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  41. Thanks for a tag kiddo. NY fashion week has been amazing hasnt it? But the party's coming to London on Sunday yay!

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  42. Sir, I hope you are well. I need those daily updates.

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  43. wicked shoes.

    hope you're doing ok.

    xoxo

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  44. What an interesting shirt! I love it :)

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  45. Your shirt is excellent and I LOVE the boots. Just today I was thinking about the "button down" collars. Always informative. I love a mandarian collar, esp. when its paired with epaulettes.


    Congas!!! EEEeePA!

    whoa who IS this Ryan Leslie?!! He is talented! I love how he's just really going for it by himself, he had me dancing too. and i love how he does his own intro @ the end! Hilarious!

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  46. your boots are so lovely!
    and i really like your glasses :)

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  47. your posts are rather informative. I love those boots you were wearing. darn. I always prefer men stuff.

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