The Mandarin Collar neckline tends to be quite rare in Western clothing as a whole but even more so in Western bridal wear due to its bold, thematic statement. True to its name this orient-inspired detail originated in China and usually clothing with this neckline can also have other prominent Asian features. The Mandarin collar is also sometimes called a Nehru collar or band/banded collar, though this identification is inaccurate.
This type of neckline is very easy to identify since it is a stiff, short, upright collar that encircles the neck. It usually has rounded corners and comes to a slit or slight overlap at the front edge.
I think this neckline is very elegant and unique. I also find it to be unusual in that it is not very common, "trendy", or classic, but the look is still very timeless and not at all dated. It tends to make a very bold statement on its own so that's why I think this look is not very popular outside of Asian cultures.
While the collar itself is quite modest, it can actually be incorporated into a variety of silhouettes and necklines. Most notably it can accompany barer looks to counteract the high neck, including halters, sleeveless styles, and keyhole or backless designs like this Luly Yang gown.
|Credits: Luly Yang, Luly Yang Diamond, style "Glasswings".|
This lacy Pronovias gown features a more relaxed Mandarin collar. This gown is more subtle but the almost-cap sleeved neckline is still rings true to the original oriental inspiration and the illusion neckline with lace applique gives it a modern twist.
|Credits: Pronovias, 2014 Fashion pre-collection, style "Leroig".|