How to Pop a Collar and Keep it Up

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 Facebook Live session tomorrow at noon PT. Leave any questions you have in the comments below and I’ll see you tomorrow.Jennifer Connolly pf A Well Styled Life with a popped collar

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


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  1. Cheral
    September 23, 2020 / 10:43 am

    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. Paul Geyer
    October 9, 2019 / 11:33 am

    Though it has died down, how do you feel about the popped collar look on men?

    • October 10, 2019 / 9:20 am

      I love popped collars on everyone! They add a level of insouciance that always looks chic.

  3. Lorraine
    July 23, 2019 / 7:04 am

    unless you are wearing an egg, it is a yoke, not yolk.

    • July 23, 2019 / 8:01 am

      Hilarious! I missed that

  4. Karhy
    March 25, 2018 / 8:23 am

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

    • March 25, 2018 / 11:30 am

      I think the no iron ones from Foxcroft and Chico’s are fabulous. Some others need touching up, those never do!

  5. Lesley Davis
    March 5, 2018 / 3:21 am

    Thank you for this tip! I’ve never thought of doing this before I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Olga
    February 26, 2018 / 6:50 am

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

  7. Linda
    February 25, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    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!

  8. Julie,Melbourne,Australia
    February 25, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    Yes,wear my hair up,so logical.Thanks for the tip and your hair is looking very pretty 🙂

  9. Sandra Matthews
    February 25, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    I too like to wear my collars up. Thanks for the great tips, Jennifer.

  10. Lea
    February 25, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Thanks for the additional info! I’ve been using spray starch but results were not optimal and now I know why 🙂

    • February 25, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      I think letting it cool completely makes a big difference.

  11. Chris
    February 25, 2018 / 9:45 am

    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!

    • February 25, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      Sixty is a breeze too! You’ve got this one Chris!

  12. Cheryl Ann
    February 25, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Love to pop my collar and wear a beautiful earring…thanks for the tips!

    • February 25, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      Me too!! Thank you Cheryl Ann

  13. Pondsidehouse
    February 25, 2018 / 8:22 am

    Sometimes a post comes in at exactly the right time. Thanks for this tip!

  14. Suzanne Michel
    February 25, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Check out Collar Pop It. Great product!

  15. February 25, 2018 / 6:07 am

    You are right…long hair is the enemy and that is why I rarely succeed. But I love the look and you wear it so well.

    • February 25, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      I’d rather have your nice thick hair than a popped collar;)

  16. beth b
    February 25, 2018 / 6:06 am

    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!

  17. Esther
    February 25, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Thanks for this post. Just what I needed.

  18. Pamela
    February 25, 2018 / 5:43 am

    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!

    • February 25, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      I’ve giot a post and video in the works about scarves. Upcoming!

  19. Gayle
    February 25, 2018 / 5:24 am

    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

    • February 25, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      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!

  20. Susan
    February 25, 2018 / 5:20 am

    We were talking about ways to put your hair up when it’s not real long,so it’s not fighting with the collar.

    • February 25, 2018 / 2:28 pm

      I’m still working on ways and will share what I learn.

  21. February 25, 2018 / 4:30 am

    I’ll have to be sure to watch!! I have too many questions I’d hog the show — I’ll sit and listen.

    • February 25, 2018 / 2:27 pm

      I’ve got a lot to figure out about FB Live! Step 1…clean off the coffee table that shows in the video:)

  22. Susie
    February 25, 2018 / 4:23 am

    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

    • February 25, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks for being here Susie! I dress denim up a lot so I’ll be sharing more. Post coming up!

  23. Yvonne
    February 25, 2018 / 4:11 am

    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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