This delightful Forever 21 top was posted by reader Melissa K. on the Facebook fan page.
It took me a little while to get over my total and utter disappointment at having wasted my dilophosaurus comparison on these leggings. Because, really, this goes beyond just an Elizabethan neck ruff, like J.Crew was selling last fall.
No, this is a retractable neck frill. There isn’t a doubt in my mind. So, the next question becomes, why did the top evolve to have a neck ruff? What is the evolutionary purpose?
In nature, a frill is often used to make the animal look larger to potential predators. Color is also a defense mechanism, as bright colors like red are often a warning sign that the animal is poisonous.
In this case, though, I’d say it’s a warning for potential wearers.