I'm not the sort of person whose clothing choices usually elicit commentary (you could call me an extroverted minimalist), but for some reason, one recent purchase drew so many compliments and enquiries that I feel compelled to share it with you. Unexpectedly, it wasn't a statement coat, dreamy dress or chic pair of shoes that caused such a stir. Instead, it was a humble long-sleeved top from high street store COS. Coming in a dramatic abstract print (my husband said I "looked like a painting"—I'll take that) and tight, high-neck fit, it's not the sort of item of clothing I would usually go for, but I've worked out that it's the perfect top to wear with roomy, wide-leg trousers or full skirts. I've even seen people on Instagram layering it under shirts and dresses. All-in-all, it's a bit of a multitasking wonder.
A colleague of mine was even told by someone working at COS that all of the staff were obsessed with the top, too. Its success? I think it's all about the distinctive print, which can often be so hard to find on the high street. Thankfully, tie-dye is a huge trend this season, so there are plenty of other statement top styles around right now. Scroll down to shop the top and similar pieces.