Although wardrobe staples such as the plain white T-shirt and the vest top will never go away, it’s important not to get stuck in a rut when dressing your top half.

In a fashion climate which has been dominated by simple shirts and classic blouses of late, breathe a sigh of relief because there’s a wave of exciting new tops on offer including the cowl neck variety.

The great thing about this style is just how flattering it is. Having a loose fitting stretch of material across the décolletage creates an interesting shape, and disguises any unwanted bulges. The floaty aspect of the top creates a flirty-yet-demure look, as although your modesty is covered the flapping fabric creates the illusion that you could be about to flash some flesh.

At the Spring/Summer 11 Elie Saab catwalk show models sauntered along the runway in slinky silver outfits featuring chic cowl necks. Meanwhile, labels including Harry Halim and Chanel have also been championing the trend.
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