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Collar pins, a brief history: Not your grandpa’s collar pins, not your grandma’s sweater clips

Collar pins, a brief history: Not your grandpa’s collar pins, not your grandma’s sweater clips

Just what happens when your grandpa’s collar pins get together with your grandma’s sweater clips? It’s a love story for the ages. The latest reemergence of Collar Pins are a bit of a hybrid between traditional (and usually masculine) collar pins and sweater clips that, depending on how old you are, you may have seen in older photographs of your grandma. Or on Emma Pillsbury from Glee.

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Collar pins have gotten a hip new makeover and one key difference is that while they ultimately lack in functionality, unlike their previous reincarnations, they are definitely here to make a statement. And that statement is bold, colorful, elegant, classy, and sometimes even edgy. 

 

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Historically, traditional collar pins were a form of men’s jewelry that held the two ends of a dress shirt collar together and passed underneath the knot of a necktie. It was meant to keep the collar in place and lifted the knot to provide a more aesthetically pleasing arc to the necktie. Some could only be worn with specially made collars but generally, they worked best with straight collars that were close together.

 

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Sweater Clips (or sweater guards) were introduced in the 50s and were meant to help hold together cardigans over a woman’s shoulders. They came with two embellished brooches connected by a chain. 

 

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So while they may not just be used to hold close the tips of your cardigan anymore, or bump up that necktie knot, they will turn that ordinary white collared shirt into something truly unique.

 

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pearl collar pin

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Today’s collar pins are a versatile accessory that can be sure to add a polished or edgy touch to almost any outfit that has a collar. So whether you’re using collar pins to add a cute elegant accent to a blouse or making a bold statement and adding them as a big embellishment to a graphic top, today there’s a collar pin for you!

 

mayo wo chic wish cat collar pins

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rose gold marble triangle collar pin

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Have you tried out collar pins? Are you curious how to style them? Do you want to be featured in a featured blog post about how you get #collarpinned? Email us at hello@jazzelli.com We’d love to hear from you!




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