Nope, I am not suggesting you are a criminal. I am merely suggesting you hop on board with one of this season's hottest trends: the bold collar. Whether permanently attached to a blouse, in the form of a necklace, or as a really easy add-on accessory, this is one trend that will make you feel like the cool girl with a big downtown loft and a fancy fashion editor job.
Bold, "important" collars started popping up awhile ago and have really found their footing for Fall. We're seeing slouchy silk blouses with leather collars, super-fine fitted sweaters with jeweled collars, and incredibly bold, statement collar necklaces that work with anything from a simple tank top to a formal evening look. However, my personal favorite take on this trend is finding an amazing stand-alone collar that can be attached to any top or dress, but almost doubles as jewelry. This way, because it isn't actually attached to a garment, you can use it to style so many different outfits without wearing the same thing over and over again!
One I've found that I absolutely love is this black studded collar from Karl Lagerfeld's KARL line. With glossy, edgy pyramid studs on black cotton, this can be worn to toughen up a silk white or pastel blouse, sharpen a plain grey crewneck sweater, project irony with a sweet full-skirted dress, or make a serious look-how-I-belong-at-Paris-Fashion-Week statement when paired with a see-through black top and skinny black leather pants.
Just leave the leash at home ;)