Sometimes it's the trendlets- the smaller gestures - that transmit more about the way women are thinking than the extreme looks of the runway. So here's a subtle idea that's showed up at Stella McCartney (below center and right) Bottega Veneta and in contemporary lines like ALC and 10 Crosby by Derek Lam. Collars and cuffs. The look is sport inspired; body con and comes off best under light weight knits. Layering a shirt (and tucking the collar) under sweaters, knit dresses and lightweight wool dresses or tunics is a perfect way to layer right now that will look very "next season". Always good.
So how to pull it off without button bumps, bra lines or shirt ride - especially under tissue weight knits? Lightweight cotton voile is less troublesome than heavier weight cottons but often the collar looks wimpy. Try the solution I swear by- the SkinnyShirt I wear under my knits. Think shape wear meets haberdashery. A knit body and long sleeves made of a breathable and cool combination of lycra and nylon smooth everything out. A cotton pique collar, v-front placket and extended cuffs create the right look.