The Peter Pan Collar – a kinderwhore classic

Although they’ve recently come in to mainstream fashion thanks to “celebs” wearing them, peter pan collar dresses were once a thing of alternative fashion! And so they will remain once the other girls have forgotten about them.

If you’re not familiar with the peter pan collar, here’s some examples:


The Peter Pan Collar is a flat rounded fabric collar. It originated in the early 1900’s when it became the standard for little girls dresses after being worn as part of a Peter Pan costume on the stage, but it was the grunge scene of the early 1990’s (and possibly as far back as the 80’s) when it hit the alternative clothing scene.

Kinderwhore clothing

The style was known as kinderwhore and was made popular by female rockers like Courtney Love of Hole and Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland.

Kinderwhore meant wearing cute child-like babydoll dresses or nighties, often torn or very low cut, with mary jane shoes and lots of make up!

Nowdays you can find the Peter Pan Collar on all kinds of dresses and shirts so you can really shop around until you find something that suits your style.

Shop for Peter Pan Collar clothing in the UK
Shop for Peter Pan Collar clothing in the USA

Tips on wearing Peter Pan Collars

A babydoll dress with a peter pan collar is really a statement item so you don’t need to team it up with anything, but if you wanted something over the top in case of chilly weather, a cute knitted cardigan would work or a cropped cardigan. Or if you wanted to mix styles I think even a hoodie could look pretty cool, to hell with convention!

A Peter Pan Collar shirt can be worn with most styles of skirts or trousers and still looks cool, but I would recommend wearing one with some skinny jeans, or a short a-line skirt for the best look.

A lot of mainstream high street stores (like Peacocks, New Look, Primark etc.) have been stocking the odd Peter Pan Collar dress in recent years so it’s worth checking them out and if you’re looking for a bargain don’t forget your local charity shops – it’s a safe bet that there’s Peter Pan Collar dresses in there that someone has gotten rid of after wearing once or twice!

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