A trick to flatter the neck

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I recently discovered the series “Grace and Frankie” on Netflix. A little over the top but quite fun to watch on an evening when there is nothing inspiring on terrestrial TV.

Jane Fonda who plays the character of Grace portrays a chic and elegant style in my opinion. At times a little too classic for my taste but overall I like her look, especially the knitwear.

One aspect that particularly got my attention was how she continually wore her shirt collars up. I began to realise that this “trick” gave a flattering frame to the face. You would need to have a reasonable long neck for this to work for you. I do, so it seems to suit me.  I have even started using it for some of my jackets.









  1. Swan
    9th June 2015 / 14:10

    Yes I often turn my collar up and also find that ballet or boat necked neckline to be flattering for a longer neck. The folded down colar does nothing for me. Love your posts and read them every time they come into me through Bloglovin.
    Thank you,

    • 9th June 2015 / 19:21


      Thanks for your comment. I agree I love boat neck it is also excellent if you have narrow shoulders in relation to wider hips as it evens things out a bit.

  2. Nancy
    9th June 2015 / 16:04

    Collars in general are flattering …wish there was more variety…shirts or polls seem to be the only options.

  3. Wendy B
    9th June 2015 / 17:12

    Sadly, among my many other less than splendid features (fat ankles, flyaway hair, double chin, saddlebag thighs and knees like an elephant), I also have a short neck!

    • 9th June 2015 / 19:26

      Wendy B
      I have quite a few of the above but I do have a great waist and smile. I am sure you have lots of great features.

  4. our French Oasis
    9th June 2015 / 17:20

    It seems I have to watch Grace and Frankie, our 15 year old daughter is hooked and just told me I had to watch it! the trouble with the collar up, it reminds me of sloane ranger days in London, in the late 80’s, I was 20, always wore my collar up with pearls!!!

    • 9th June 2015 / 19:20

      Grace and Frankie is a bit of fun. I would have thought more aimed at our age than a 15 yr. but one never knows. I remember the Sloane ranger thing. If you wore it with a V neck sweater, tweed skirt and barber it probably would be a bit deja vu.

  5. Allegra
    9th June 2015 / 17:22

    I discovered this trick aged fourteen at my girls’ school when wearing a shirtwaist ear checked summer dress Elvis of course was the inspiration. However,I was hauled up in front of our headmistress and asked kindly to refrain. At school I did but ever after this has been one of my trademarks which my daughter declines to follow!

    • 9th June 2015 / 19:18

      Hi Allegra
      It sounds as though you went to a strict school reminds me of mine.

  6. Libby Wilkie
    9th June 2015 / 19:49

    I’ve always been a fan of this look; in general, I do not like low necklines of any kind (on myself!) Another solution, of course, is to wear scarves. Hmmm: how many scarves do I own? And do I continually look for new ones? You bet!
    Re. Grace and Frankie: yes, I just started watching last week: think I’m on Episode 4. Well, I like it, or rather, am amused by it. But it’s so over the top and cliche that I’m not sure I will watch all episodes. I would rather turn back to Monty Don!! I have them both on the iPad at the moment…

  7. Annette
    10th June 2015 / 09:43

    I agree, it elongates the neckline and I love this style.
    Although I remember it from the 80s, I still wear it from time to time which I also tend do do with trenchcoats (not only because of windy weather conditions!).

    Annette | Lady of Style

  8. Cara
    20th July 2015 / 22:38

    I don’t like the collar up look – for me at least. I have a beautiful neck, but it’s too uptight of a look in my opinion.

  9. Dee Dee
    14th May 2016 / 20:03

    The turned up collar is a classic look. Jane Fonda looks amazing in it and I love it. As far as Grace & Frankie; it’s a show about strange issues of retired parents, but also how their grown kids get drawn in. The show can appeal to all.

  10. Barbara Osborne
    12th July 2017 / 16:40

    Lauren Bacall is absolutely stunning in her stand up collar blouse. She had the ultimate look for this style blouse!

  11. Leslie J Frederick
    18th July 2018 / 04:13

    I love the turned up collar, especially with multi – strand pearls (and enjoy a modified sloane ranger look) but I can’t figure out how to get the collar to stay up. Any ideas/tips/tricks?

    • 18th July 2018 / 14:20

      Hi Leslie
      Thank you for your comment. I think getting a collar to stay up very much depends on the fabric. A thick and stiff fabric will work better than a thin cotton or silk. It will help if you spray the collar with starch when you iron it.

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