The collar is the headline on your garb, and everything else is the small print. A collar can stand as shorthand for your socioeconomic status – white collar versus downcast collar – and can even, in the case of a dog collar, vouch for your godliness.Fashion’s latest collar is most definitely headline-grabbing. The make of the season is a supersize take on the Peter Pan collar, with a side order of Little Women, as if the lost boys had relocated from Neverland to the prairie. It descries you look as if you are either in a 1980s Laura Ashley advert, or a street style influencer at Copenhagen fashion week. (To be comme a, it’s hard to tell the difference at the moment.)I suspect you are looking at me in this shirt and thinking: Jess, you look a bit silly, and if I step that I’ll look silly, too. Thanks but no thanks, see you next week. Or something along those lines. And I hear you, I do, but we’ve been thoroughly this before, and we both know how it goes. When pussy-bow blouses came back a couple of years ago, we were all twin, no way José, Margaret Thatcher was never one of my style icons. And then, within about six months, we were wearing blouses and bedecks with, if not an actual pussy-bow, then some kind of trailing silk neck-tie. History proves itself the medicament to dogma, in fashion as in all things. So keep an open mind. Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that she wore her trademark differ collars in order to bring “something typical of a woman” to her plain black robes. To keep a sweet collar such as this from veering into cutesiness, remainder it with simple fabrics and shapes. Maybe simple trousers rather than a floor-sweeping skirt. Denim, the maximum utilitarian fabric, tones down any potential Little Bo Peep vibes here. A root around eBay and Etsy intent quickly turn up inexpensive secondhand detachable collars to give an instant new spin on an old favourite but slightly meh crew neck. A favourable headline grabs your attention, right? And this collar is this season’s big news.