For those of us that have to wear the awful soft neck collar for a good length of time (I'm well into my second month with mine), here's a way to dress it up and coordinate it with your outfit.
I went to the supermarket, and in the hosiery section, they have "slack socks", knee-high solid color socks. I bought a black pair, a blue pair, a brown pair, and an off-white pair and cut off the toes. Then, just slip it onto your soft collar and you won't have to wait long for compliments to come your way! L)
I discovered this while taking a shower getting ready for a formal holiday party in December. I was planning to wear a black pair of slacks and a beautiful sparkly black and blue blouse. Then, I saw that ugly white collar in my mind and ugh! I already had a pair of black slack socks and voila - the neck collar evening wear was born. 8}