Interestingly enough, popping your collar didn’t originate in the 80s; it can actually be traced back to the 19th century… and beyond (though we doubt guys like Thoreau referred to it as having a ‘popped’ collar). The 80s version that we know and love became all the rage during the ‘Preppy’ movement, starting at yacht clubs and country clubs in the Northeast. Didja have an Izod alligator shirt? Well, you better damn well have popped the collar, my friend.
In the old days, and then in the early 20th century when Mr. Lacoste created his famed polo shirt, the popped collar actually served a purpose (the aforementioned redneck-prevention tactic), but really… who among us thought we might get a sunburn on the back of our neck during Miss Gibson’s 5th grade math class?
No, once the 80s rolled around, the popped collar was one of those fashion statements that made as much sense as most of the other 80s fads. Leg warmers in the summer, pegged jeans (yes, we love those, too), and neon all served no purpose… other than making you look cool.
…and, yes, we did look cool.
We ♥ the Popped Collar.