from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A narrow upright collar usually divided in front.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a short unfolded stand-up collar on a shirt or jacket
The style originated from Western interpretation of dresses worn by mandarins in Imperial China. (Wiktionary)
A shopgirl in a slim dress with a mandarin collar stood behind the counter leisurely munching her way through a bag of pork rinds while flipping through Vogue.