Shop Collars, Jabots, Fichus
Fichus and chemisettes provided modesty to Victorian era ensembles. If a neckline was too sheer or low, a fichu could be thrown over top of an ensemble to provide coverage with a dramatic lacy flair. After all, fichu does mean "carelessly thrown on" in French. Fichus were in and out of style throughout Queen Victoria's reign.
Likewise, a chemisette could be worn underneath a bodice or top with a low neckline for day dresses. When pagoda sleeves were fashionable in the 1850s, a sleeved chemisette would have engageantes or detachable sleeves to match the oversized sleeves.
Jabots were originally a men's accessory until the 1840s. Men often wore a frilly jabot under a vest, as a sort of tie or cravat. They could be held in place by a brooch at the neck. Women wore jabots on top of their blouses, for added decoration and accessory. Some saw this androgynous style as a step towards women's equality.
Much like a jabot or fichu, collars were worn on top of a blouse, bodice or jacket for added modesty and style. The collar framed the lovely face of the wearer. During the Edwardian era, ornamental collars were worn as a style of jewelry.
Here at Recollections, we have several historical neckwear styles. Sure to please even the pickiest shopper, our high quality creations are made of the finest textiles. We can provide for all your historical neckwear needs, no matter what the occasion. Our customer support is here to help you if you have any questions about fit or historical accuracy. We can't wait to make your next (or first) historically accurate collar, jabot or fichu!