Fall fashion trend: high necks

This practical style evokes the urban dandy.

Fall and early winter, before the chill sets in, is my favorite time to max out style; this season offers endless opportunities for layering, playing with textures, structure and volumes. The runways are always overflowing with new ideas, but many are unachievable and unrealistic for real life. So I have curated the trends that matter for those of us that lead an active life on the move, prioritizing pragmatism, those of us needing fashion to work for us, not vice versa—otherwise why invest? Fall in love, go on, I dare you. There is plenty here to whisk you off your feet, or just keep them squarely on the ground. Follow along as I provide guidance on these trends, one by one, over the next several weeks. Previously, I've discussed athletic layering, getting political, practical bags, spice colors,plaids, hiking boots,oversized overcoats,hats,sorbet hues, andtracksuits. Below, the twelfth trend:

Trend 12: High Necks For High Style

Sometimes all we need to update our existing wardrobes is a little splash of something extra—an accent or extra detail here or there—to breathe new life. Enter the high neck for fall: shirts, sweaters, jackets, and coats that take the eye right up to the face. There is something reassuring about being totally filled in; it's like a kid’s coloring book where bright hues have been taken properly to the edges of the lines. It nods to Victorian and Regency dandies: think the Frick Collection’s high lords and ladies with draped or well-cut cravats and shirting that envelops from the collarbone upwards. Opting for wool, thick silk, or cashmere when the cold weather sets in makes it a practical choice. And adding a minimal, modern pin or necklace takes it that decorative step further.

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