Stand up collars
Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday influenced a wave of Italian romanticism during the 50’s. The ‘Italian chic’ look was achieved with crisp printed cotton shirts with stand up collars, fitted black cigarette pants, and the ‘Italian cut’, a short sexy hairstyle.
Collars were specially constructed without the double fold of a traditional collar, featuring instead a ‘half-collar,’ a small band in back to lend support to the gentle upward slope of the collar points. This style was perfect to frame the face that was highlighted in the new short haircuts.
Fashion plates of the 50’s—bad girls who liked their flashy clothes to advertise their sexuality instead of hiding it under sweet Sandra Dee collars and circle skirts—preferred this sexy, attention-getting style.