Cowl Craze

Alexander McQueen cowl neck dressThe plunging neckline may be enjoying a moment in the spotlight, but there are always other options. The current alternative, other than the formidable polo neck is by way of the cowl; low cut or subtly draped to reveal décolletage.


Just look at the options: from Alexander McQueen’s red crepe dress teamed with a leather jacket for laid back appeal, to Splendid’s stretch jersey dresses; from Vivienne Westwood’s versatile metallic LBD, to River Island’s cream, sleeveless blouse. There are so many alternatives with this style, it’s as good as the classic button up and better than the pussy bow blouse, but – here’s the difference – it comes together effortlessly.


A moment on the bust line. Pippa Middleton – and that dress, holds a lot to be accountable for our appreciation of the cowl – ideal for bigger chests – flattering for those without, and all the rest in between. It seems there isn’t much this humble neckline can’t achieve.


There is an exciting no holds barred approach hanging over this season’s party wear – embellished feather flapper dresses, sequins as usual adorn the Christmas period, bold colours and mismatched patterns. Proportions are set to be out of sync and details weird and
wonderful. The whole look inspires a fierce strike in the face of last season’s nude invasion.


Still in fear of the brash, stick with the elegant cowl; a head turner in its own right, and versatile. And fashion that is multitalented and adaptable can only be a good thing.

Oriental print cowl beck dress - £40.00, ASOSVivienne Westwood cowl neck dress - £405.00, net-a-porterCowl neck dress - £30.00, River Island