Saturday, April 30, 2011

London Cowling**

In the 1970s my mother bought me a cowl-neck sweater.  I hated it. 

Ever since then, whenever the fashion world has swooned over cowls, I have sneered, as I truly have not liked them, not one little floppy, frumpy bit.

But then: what of Pippa Middleton's Sarah Burton-designed dress with a deep, prominent cowl neck?

I absolutely love it.

**With apologies to The Clash.


Jennifer said...

I happen to agree--she looked lovely!

L'age moyen said...

I feel the same way about cowls but this works. It is discreet decollatage. I think it's the loveliest bridesmaid's dress ever.

Toby Wollin said...

IMHO, both of those dresses are going to be game changers for bridal for the next several years. I am fairly sure that Friday morning, the phones at thousands of bridal salons in North America were ringing off the hook with young ladies saying, "do you have a dress like Kate's?" and "I want Pippa's dress!!" There is a better chance that some shops will have something like Pippas; I doubt highly if anyone stocked any bridal gowns that looked like Kate's - high neck? Long lace sleeves? Perhaps this will put the stake in the heart of strapless bridal gowns (though I think there will be a lot of girls who will cling on, as the meme out there is that the best dress for generously endowed brides is strapless - where that came from, I don't know, but I know it's almost a 'alligators in the sewers in New York City' piece of accepted mythology.

Dorky Medievalist said...

Completely agree on both points. Pippa's cowl neck is the exception that proves the rule.

WendyB said...

Oh, I've loved a cowl for a long time, though not the ones I was forced to wear way back in the day.

Lea said...

I also think this dress is really beautiful!