Yes, yes I sometimes pop my collar but I always have. Collar popping is one attribute of preppy fashion if you will. I googled it the other day, read some articles on a few blogs and the consensus is always the same. Anybody (mostly men) who chooses to raise a collar is an unadulterated douche bag. This sentiment is always from someone outside of this culture, who I'm sure popped a collar years ago because Preppy Fashions were in style yet once again. For those of you who feel a need to make fun and show your lack of class, here is a brief synopsis. Oh wait, allow me to offer the language you may understand, 'cliff notes' to the reasons behind raising a collar.
William Fox Talbot
A raised collar is nothing new. It has always been a common dress. Before the early 20th century, most shirt collars were turned up in some manner. Men and women alike wore tall, stiff collars (as much as three inches tall), not unlike a taller version of a clerical collar, made either of starched linen, cotton, or lace. The writer H. G. Wells remarked in his 1902 book Kipps that these "made neck quite sore and left a red mark under ears." In 1929 René Lacoste, the French 7-time Grand Slam champion, decided that the stiff dress shirts and ties usually worn by tennis players were too cumbersome and uncomfortable for the tennis court. Instead, he designed a loosely-knit pique cotton shirt with an unstarched, flat protruding collar and a longer shirt-tail in back than in front. This came to be known as the tennis shirt. Lacoste's design called for a thick pique collar that one would wear turned up in order to block the sun from one's neck. Thus, the tennis shirt's upturned collar was originally designed by the inventor of the tennis shirt, himself, for ease and comfort on the tennis court, aiding the player by helping to prevent sunburn.
A raised collar is especially important to those that sail. It can ward off gusty winds. The most important aspect of 'popping a collar' is that it's a good identifier to other preppies. O.k. I'm stretching it on that last sentence. Seriously, what difference does it make if someone pops a collar. Why must we be considered douche bags? From where I stand, people tend to speak of what they know. In other words, it takes one to know one.
To all preps out there, keep popping because the only people who will understand will aways be another prep. After all it's one of those things that makes us who we are.
A real Douche Bag
Posted By O. Cavanaugh