The Sexy Cowl?

I haven't worn a cowl neckline for years...literally years.

I remember it being all the rage when I was at university (circa 1998-2001) and I had a few from Wallis and Paul Smith that I whipped out for end of term formals...ah those were the days...since then though I haven't sported this kind of style at all.

That's a bit odd really because it's a fail-safe - a universally flattering line that suits all chest sizes and always makes you look like you made some effort.

ASOS describe this top as a "sexy cowl" and whilst I wouldn't go that far it's a really nice, versatile piece. The metalized material makes it worth of day and evening wear - wear it on it's own with trousers or under a structured masculine style suit.

I got it in the shade Champagne and it's a lovely metallic cream. I have to say though that I think would look even better on darker complexions than mine.

I wore it out for a little stroll around the marina...





Top: ASOS - Link!
Trousers: Miss Selfridge
Bag: Miu Miu
Shoes: out of shot but flats from Pour La Victoire
Watch: Rolex

Some FAQ

A big thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post by the way and to answer a few questions:

a) I still wear Studio Fix Fluid. The tiniest amount will make your skin look/photograph incredibly and this is why I have stuck with it for so many years. Yes, it stinks. No, it's not the most sophisticated of formulations but...it will make you look good. I wear the colour NC35 - sometimes this works for me and sometimes it doesn't shade-wise. On days when I look a bit pale it's back to the Chantecaille.

b) The necklace I wear is from Tiffany & Co and is the half carat Diamonds by the Yard. It's tiny but that's exactly why I like it.

c) The eye make up in the last post was basically Urban Decay's Naked all over the crease and NARS Night Clubbing smeared - and quite literally smeared - around the lashline. I finish this off with LOTS of MAC's Grand Entrance eyeshadow (LE). I am a big believer in the obnoxious inner corner highlight and it's part of my daily ritual.

d) I use a Canon 550d for all my photos. Canon no longer sell this model but I am a huge fan of their DSLR cameras and would recommend them to anyone. This coupled with a 50mm lens is a fantastic combination. The 50mm is a must - it helps create the type of photos that were the entire reason I bought a DSLR in the first place :)

I hope you all had/are having a lovely weekend :)

x

41 comments:

  1. You are always so chic Laura! Truly an inspiration

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  2. I love the top, it looks a bit like a ballet wrap, although that may just be the colour that draws me to that conclusion. Enjoyed reading your post as always. Look forward to the next one x x

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  3. Gorgeous outfit of the day! Makes me feel sloppy and lazy lol, thanks Laura - for being so gorgey and making us feel inferior...jk! Love you!

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  4. The top is gorgeous, very elegant altogether and goes really well with your gorge handbag :) Lahffly outfit :)

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  5. @meowie - if only you could see me right now :) heehee

    @K - yes it's a bit ballet-esque, maybe that's why i like it :) thanks so much!

    @Opheeee - :) it must be a photograph illusion :)

    @Karen - thanks Karen! x

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  6. the top looks more pink than cream here, but its lovely :)

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  7. Beautiful top and the colour goes so well with your bag. I love mixing pastels.

    Better on darker complexions? Now I definitely HAVE to get one! :)

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  8. Lovely look Laura, as always:)
    Have a lovely Sunday!

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  9. @Diary of a country girl - thank you! love your username!

    @what the shoe - you're right! they should call it pink champagne :)

    @Glitterish Allsorts - definitely :) it looks okay on me but i think will really flatter anyone with a lovely olive or darker complexion :)

    @Supergirl - thank you and you too!

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  10. I have been looking for something like this for such a long time now, the colour, material and style are perfect for those nights out when you want to wear jeans and a top this party season, because it doesn't call for a full on dress etc - thanks for the recommendation Laura! x

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  11. This looks lovely - I avoid cowl necks too as I think they can hide your boobs and you can lose your waist. You prove this isn't always the case! xx

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  12. I love the pants. Or well trousers :-) I think they fit beautifully and the colour is to die for!
    x

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  13. Lovely top, the colour is lovely. I used to have bright red cowl necked top, which I used to pair with black Topshop velvet-esque trousers. What was I thinking?!x

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  14. I'm jealous of your jet setting giving you a all year around tan.

    The amount of different foundations I have depending on how tanned varies from ivory to quite dark in the summer. :(

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  15. Such a pretty top. Nice to see the sunshine too xx

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  16. I love that top! It looks great on you!

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  17. This outfit fits you so well!! <3
    Maybe a stupid question but I'm a new follower..can I ask you what did you study at University??
    <3

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  18. i so agree about the 50mm lens. everyone that owns a DSLR needs one. it creates the most beautiful images even if you have no idea about photography. best portraits ever!

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  19. The top is a really great thing to have in the wardrobe. :) The neckline style really gives that oomph to make it a step up from the usual. :)

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  20. great outfit!
    love the colour of the top
    STYLE DECORUM

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  21. I love that top, cowl neckline tops are things I usually save for meetings since like you said it can make you look like you've put a lot of effort in. Damn I would love to be able to wander around with that view next to me!

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  22. You always look so chic and put together. On another note, what kind of brush do you use for you foundation?

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  23. The tops looks great on you lovely! You have made Cowl Necklines look absolutely chic! xxx

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  24. OMG i found you Laura. I thought you had decided to give up blogging forever. I missed you loads and cant wait to read all the older post. yayyyyyyy xxxxxxx

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  25. Beautiful! And I am jealous of the warm weather background!
    xx Veronica

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  26. So pretty, such a gorgeous top. And I'm completely jealous of your sunny location! x

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  27. laura this is so beautiful, the fabric looks so expensive. you have inspired me to by it!! my poor little bank account!

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  28. Just letting you know I'm sooo glad you decided to blog again :)

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  29. you always look so gorgeous :D i am the same and swear by Canon, i will be loyal to them for life :D

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  30. cute top!


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  31. Love the color of the top but mostly hon.. its the bag. I cant look at anything else but the bag!!

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  32. Love the colour of the cowl and I like how you can style it up and down!

    ~Bronwyn
    www.chicinvancity.com

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  33. Beautiful!
    Bella xo
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  34. Awe I love the drapy look of it! And I think the color is perfect! Not too bright but definantely not too plain, perfect balance!

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  35. Hey Laura, thank you for answering my foundation question :) I went to my local MAC counter to ask to be colour matched and for a sample of studio fix to try. You can imagine my apprehension when the girl who greeted me had a thick layer of orange foundation on!She then proceeded to ask whether I wanted my foundation to match my skin tone? ERM......YES! So she gave me NW22, I am a bit reluctant to try it to be honest, it looks very dark/pinky and I'm not sure if I trust her judgement! Maybe I should go to another counter for a second opinion!??

    Melissa xxx

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  36. I love this top! Weird, but it reminds me of Sarah Michelle Gellar? Haha Love your blog!

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