Cosy And Collared: How To Nail The Trend

Collars plus comfy jumpers are big news this season.

The cheekiest peek of a cute collar worn underneath your favourite knit is one trend that’s cropping up all over Pinterest, and the great thing is that there are so many different ways to rock this look.

Taylor Swift is a massive fan of the collar and has been seen wearing everything from the Peter Pan to the Pussybow, more often than not layering them underneath a patterned knit. The Saturdays’ Mollie King is more fond of taking the collar/jumper combo into smart prepster territory, combining classic cable knit sweaters with stiff mannish shirts.

Whether you are looking for an easy yet stylish workwear update, or simply a new way to wear that oversized knit you’ve owned forvever, we’ve found the 5 best ways to work the cosy collared look…

1. What’s New Pussycat

Pussybow blouses are all over the high street this season, and their uber feminine shape makes them ideal for this trend. Opt for blouses in delicate chiffon with wide ties – you want these bows to be statement! Berry hues work really well underneath a cropped mustard mohair sweater, or why not team with a cute buttoned cardigan for an altogether Mad Men office look.

> Christina Hendricks from Mad Men knows how to wear the pretty Pussybow

Oasis Textured Pussybow Blouse, £36


2. Chambray Chic

The simple chambray shirt has had a bit of a revamp of late, and the oversized mannish style of a classic chambray lends itself very well to the cosy collar trend. You can opt for a stiffer collar to proudly stand ot over a high necked aran jumper, or else why not slouch it down with a softer rounded neckline worn with a deeply scooped boyfriend sweat for a slight varsity edge.

> Fearne is a big fan of the easy-going Chambray style


M&S Concealed Fastening Boyfriend Shirt, £28

3. Leather Meets Suede

Leather and suede made an appearance on nearly every AW15 catwalk, and we particularly love how they are being used to toughen up traditional feminine separates such as pencil skirts and bolero jackets. To work these on-trend materials into a cosy knitwear look, shop for a bib collar in either a Peter Pan shape, or a more tradtional oversized lapel. Layer underneath a tightly ribbed polo jumper and *hey presto* – Fashion Week chic.

> This NYFW street styler has worked the leather collar with aplomb

River Island Faux Suede Bib Collar, £15

4. Poetry In Motion

The ‘poet’ neck tie has long been worn tied around a classic white shirt collar, lending an air of European romanticism to any outfit. Style mavens like Alexa Chung and Laura Bailey have been nailing this trend for ages, and now you can work this simple black ribbon collar combo into your winter look. The high street have many blouses with pretty ribbon ties attached, or why not visit your local haberdasher and create your own? Leave the tie hanging down over a preppy college knit for a quirky edge.

> Wear a chunky college knit over Alexa’s tux tailoring for a luxe off-duty look

Zara Blouse With Tie Neck, £25.99

5. Jewels And Gems

It’s always perfectly acceptable to embrace the sparkle once the party season rolls around, and wearing lots of embellishment is a great way to make your collar-meets-jumper outfit that little more festive. Either go for a knit heavy on the neckline gems to be worn over a crisp white shirt, else try accessorizing with an oversized statement necklace for the same effect. Just remember the bigger and more bling the better!

> A statement necklace layered over a simple cosy collared combo will add sparkle and drama

Mango Statement Jewel Necklace at Asos, £34.99