A shawl collar is a collar combined with a lapel. It is usually a rounded collar paired with a V-neckline that extends over the chest and tapers near the waist. This type of collar is commonly seen on cardigan sweaters, jackets, blouses and robes. The collar has its origins in the Victorian smoking jacket, whose collar style also inspired a style of lapel for dinner jackets.
It’s no secret that the shawl collar sweater has made a reemergence this winter season and thanks to J.Crews recently released line with the shawl collar style, we’ve learned a few things about this distinct sweater style that dates as far back as the early 1900’s.