Finding an effective layering top to wear under cardigans and jackets is not easy. It has to be the right length, colour, fabric, style and price point. You don’t want a top that’s too bulky on the sleeve. And an interesting neckline is essential because it creates texture and contrast, important elements of the layered ensemble’s visual appeal. I’ve found that cowl necks make brilliant layering pieces, especially when worn under V-neck cardigans.

Express has a winning cowl neck for Spring. The fabric is substantial, stretchy and soft. The fit is pretty good for different body types (I have tried it with several clients) and the neckline is superb. The cowl itself has an adorable gather up the back seam that allows you to adjust its volume. Make it stand up if you have a long neck, and flatten it out for shorter necks. This cowl works well for bustier lasses too. It lies comfortably above the bust giving the bosom a flattering silhouette.

Don’t be put off if sleeveless is not your thing. This is a layering top and a sleeveless item is just what you need for a smooth effect on the arms when you layer over with a cardigan. The fabric is a good weight so it shouldn’t be clingy, but even if it does cling around the mid section, this will level out when you add the next clothing layer.

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The top comes in assortment of solid colours and prints like zebra and floral. At $29.50 for solids and $34.50 for prints, it’s quite the bargain once you add a discount coupon.