The Kalkehay Fake Collar is designed to give the impression of wearing a button without the added hassle of wearing one. It features a standard collar, a buttoned bib that cuts across the chest and elastic arm straps.
When I first wore it, I couldn’t help but laugh. On its own, it looks like what I can only describe as a classy adult bib. But as soon as I put a sweater on it, I was blown away – it just looked like I was wearing a collared shirt, just without the added bulk and warmth that I would normally expect.
Instantly enhance any outfit
One of my favorite things about the accessory is that it’s an easy way to make any outfit look more suitable for work. After nearly two years of working almost exclusively in leggings and sweatshirts, I have found that my business casual wardrobe is very lacking. But when I wear it under one of my closet sweaters or cardigans, it makes them look stylish and office ready. I also feel like I can get away with wearing it under something casual like a sweatshirt, as it adds a trendy and chic touch.
I am also shocked at how compelling it is. I rocked it under a sweater during a video call and when I revealed that I was wearing a fake collar, my colleagues couldn’t believe it! And my friend had the same reaction at a recent dinner.
Depending on which top I pair it with, I can sometimes see the outline of the bottom of the bib through the material. To prevent this from happening, I slipped it into my bra. While it may sound uncomfortable, it surprisingly isn’t. In fact, it helps keep the collar taut, which makes the whole outfit even better.
Elastic straps also help with that look. They go under the arms to help the collar stay straight and prevent it from moving as you move throughout the day.
It is easy to style
Even though I only recently discovered the one-of-a-kind accessory, TikTokers has long been an expert on this ingenious fashion trick. The #fakecollar tag has more than 30 million views on the app, with many people suggesting different ways to style the versatile garment.
So far, I’ve worn it under crewneck sweaters, sweatshirts, and a higher V-neck pullover, and loved how it looked with all of them. It goes well with almost anything: super low-cut tops are the only exception as they risk revealing the end of the breastplate, which cuts through my chest. But when the weather gets warmer, I can’t wait to try wearing it in some of the other ways I’ve seen users suggest on the app, like under a dress, knitted sweater, or blouse.
To increase its versatility, the collar is available in three different colors (white, black and pink) and two styles (a round or pointed collar). I took the black and white round collar, but found myself wearing the latter more often because it looks like a brighter choice for the season.
While I and many reviewers both love the sleek and affordable Kalkehay Fake Collar (it currently has more than 3,000 five-star ratings), I’ve found a few other styles and colors that you can buy on Amazon as well.
Satinior 3-Piece Faux Collar
Vintage Aoraem detachable lace collar
Joyci Pure Color half shirt
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