Cloud collar

The name “cloud collar” comes from the shape of this collar’s lobes, or petals, which are often layered. Women wore these collars over robes for special occasions. The cloud shapes represent abundance. At one time, the neck opening symbolized the Sky Gate (the entrance to heaven), and the lobes, pointing in four directions, represented the universe in miniature.

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Of your accessories, which do you wear strictly for decoration and which have a function?

responded: Jan 28, 2012

Posted by Jennifer I.

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I immediately think to my favourite accessory, a gold menswear-inspired watch. I wear it constantly, but must admit that I have never looked down at it for the time, or even set the time properly. If someone were to approach me and ask the time, I would rustle through my purse to find my cell phone! Most accessories, such as handbags or hair clips, have a primarily functional purpose but their decorative purpose is just as important (if not more) to the wearer. For example, you may not need a belt to hold your pants up, but you wear one because you simply like the aesthetic. The main function of a watch should be to tell the time, however, it makes for a great fashion accessory as well. This question brings up the point that accessories these days are all together functional and decorative, and that even common objects can be accessories. We see it everyday with our coffee cups, cell phones, and even our pets. This leads me to conclude that all of my accessories are mainly for decoration, and functionality has become an added bonus.

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