Being preppy and popped collars
While I was trying to think of what to write for my next post, I thought about blogging about one of my favorite things: being preppy and the popped collar. I feel that whenever you wear a collared shirt it should be popped. Why you may ask? Well, popping your collar just adds a little something more to an outfit. At school, whenever a child has a collared shirt, I have to pop their collar and then say “now you are part of Nikki’s popped collar club”. Now, a little history into where the popped collar originated from. Before the 20th century all collars were turned up. Then in 1929, René Lacoste, the French 7-time Grand Slam champion decided that the stiff dress shirts and ties usually worn by tennis players were too cumbersome and uncomfortable for the tennis court. So instead, he created a shirt with a flat unstarched, protruding collar that people popped up to protect there necks from the sun, which became to be known as the tennis shirt. In the 80’s, Lisa Birnbach published The Official Preppy Handbook. In this book, she talked about how the popped collar was a sign of being preppy. Even though this was a tung-and-cheek depiction of the popped collar, her book became popular and it helped spread this trend. Also during the 80’s, people might have been seen wearing two tennis shirts with their collars popped. In the more recent years, this trend has been making a come back, where some people have been calling it upturned collars. Here are some pictures of different ways people wear there popped collars. My favorite way to pop my collar is with a button down shirt and a necklace.