Collar: (n) a band of material around the neck of a shirt, dress, coat, or jacket
I explained that the collar rubbed against my neck–itched–and when I sweat, made my skin burn.
It was further aggravated if I inserted a tie into the shirt, needing to fasten that top button. She listened and listened. She even smiled a couple of times.
At the end of the conversation, when I felt I had thoroughly explained the reasons for my preference, she walked over and looked around my neck and said, “I don’t think the collar is your problem.”
I was stupefied. (Well, at least confused.)
I said, “Okay… What is my problem?”
“You just have a really, really dirty neck,” she said.
I was offended. I suppose there were other choices available to me, but fortunately, she stepped in and offered to wash my neck for me so I would understand that my skin was soiled and therefore overly sensitive.
So she got a sudsy washcloth and gently rubbed my neck until it was clean. I was embarrassed, enticed, curious, dumbfounded and a little turned on.
She finished washing my neck, dried it with a clean towel and put some lotion on it.
She was right.
I never had another problem wearing a shirt with a collar.
The only problem was scheduling the times for her to come and wash my neck.