Butterflies seem to have a perpetual place in fashion. Their delicate, fluttery wings and vivid hues often serve as inspiration to beaded 70’s tops and airy, bright pieces with floaty sleeves, or just as a print in themselves.

But it was looking at the backstory behind this more commonplace icon of nature that yielded one of Fall’s most intriguing silhouettes. Behold the cocoon!

This cool shape begins narrow at the shoulders, gradually becoming more voluminous, finally tapering down towards the bottom in a curved hem. This effect can be applied on dresses, tops, and outerwear. Coats and cardigans in this style are a welcome relief from the slinky jersey cardigans that have had us all wrapped up for too long.

If there’s one point of contention that some of us take with cocoon shapes, it’s their ability to make anyone in it look like they may be, you know, pregnant. But simply wearing a cocoon cardi, unbuttoned, would solve that, and is such a laissez faire way of adopting the trend. Cocoon basic tops are also a simple way of injecting some specialness into everyday outfits.

Check out these cocoon pieces and suggest any other pieces you find!

French Connection Marbled Cocoon Dress, approx. RM140.05,Asos
 Cocoon T-shirt, approx RM45.02, Asos

1. Cable Cocoon Cardigan, approx. RM125, New Look
2. Cunky Knit Edge to Edge Cardigan, approx. RM125, New Look


[Image Credits: New Look, Asos, Lookbook.nu, style.com, Vogue.com]
Text by Grace Wong