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How to Pop a Collar and Keep it Up

I’m a big fan of popping the back of my collar up. I love the sassy attitude it gives and how the collar frames the face. I never pop the entire thing because makeup gets on the front as my face touches it throughout the day. Today I’m sharing a few tips you can try to keep the back of your collar popped up.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life showing how to pop a collar

Long hair is the enemy of a popped collar so you’ll have more success if you wear your hair up. The softer the fabric, the tougher your challenge. As you see, I do fold the collar down but not where the manufacturer intended it to be.


Here are a few things to try:

Spray Starch

Lay the collar flat on your ironing board. Spray the top of the yoke and collar with spray starch and press. Flip over so outside of shirt is up repeat. Here’s the important part, leave it laying flat until it cools completely. If you’re planning to hang it up before wearing, hang it with the collar popped up! Be careful you don’t crush it when hanging on the rod.How to hang a popped collar on A Well Styled Life


Fold Collar and Finger press

Pop collar up and fold back down 1/2″ in the back. “Press” it lightly with your fingers for a moment to help set that small fold. This alone can often prevent the entire collar from coming down.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life showing how to pop a collar

Iron collar to the inside

Most shirt collars are meant to crease along the neckline. If you’re not a fan of spray starch or it’s still not working, iron it the opposite way. Fold the collar to the inside and iron. Let it let cool completely before moving or wearing. Ironing technique to keep your collar popped on A Well Styled Life

I’m planning a Jennifer Connolly pf A Well Styled Life with a popped collar

Thanks for reading and have a great day!



  1. Love the look, always have. Been wearing popped up collars for 35+ years! Also, love your sense of humor. You’re hilarious on fb. More please!

  2. Great tips on popping the collar. Mine don’t stay up
    Love your white blouse. Do you have comments on good ones.?

  3. Hi Jennifer, I have always and still love to wear my collar up. Thanks for the tips. I love you page. Very inspiring!

  4. You must have read my mind! I was just trying to make this work with a blouse of mine. What do you do for the collar of a denim jacket? Your new hair style is really cute!

  5. Absolutely love this post. Trying to up my game as I approach 60 with great trepidation (50 was a breeze!). Always admired this look. Will try it soon as spring is upon us in the southeast. Thanks!

  6. This is really helpful. I like a popped collar but don’t like it all the way to front for the very reason you mentioned!

    Love your sassy hair style, too!

  7. These are great tips! I love the crisp quality a popped collar gives.
    Can’t wait for your Facebook Live tomorrow! Can you address scarves please? Ways to style them so they’re not in your salad, what’s current, etc…
    Thank you!

  8. I like my collar up but occasionally some one will fold it down thinking I didn’t do it on purpose! Do you read Brenda’s blog on 1010 Park Place? She had a post recently on thinning hair

    1. Wow, Gayle! That’s rather rude to adjust someone else’s clothing without permission. I bet you weren’t thrilled. I’d be annoyed if it happened to me!

  9. I enjoy reading your posts & love your dressing room diaries. I dress more casual now but still want to look nice Would love more ideas on how to dress up denim & when are accessories too much for a petite figure. Thanks

  10. These are great tips Jennifer. I love wearing a collar up, but you’re right, it’s much more difficult when I have my hair longer. I must try the ironing inside out. Tanks.

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