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Spam the Neckline – Cowl and Folded Neckline

A neckline on a woman’s garment that hangs in draped folds.

Miriam Webster

I struggled to define a cowl neck, so thank heavens for Monsieur Miriam Webster, right? Draped folds are a flattering way to frame women of any age’s face. Since cowls are not used all that often, I added “folded necklines” to the mix. Not strictly cowls, but soft vertical folds that radiate from the neckline. In fact, we’ll add all draped and folded necklines, just to widen the field.

Let’s see how our royals have done it.

Sofia Hellqvist as-she-was wore a pale lilac cowl neck gown to Princess Madeleine’s wedding in 2013.

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This is a very subtle cowl effect on the bodice of Crown Princess Victoria’s gown.

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Maybe the most glamorous of all the royal cowl necks, the wedding gown of Princess Marina, a glamorous gown by Edward Molyneux

Or possibly this one, Crown Princess Ingrid of Denmark.

Example of some folded necklines. Again, Mary is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to necklines. Letizia, in folds and red, shines as she always does.

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Bring us your cowls and folds, Baguettes!