When you think of a dickey, “fashionable” doesn’t exactly come to mind. You’re probably imagining that scene in National Lampoon’sChristmas Vacation where Cousin Eddie wears a black turtleneck dickey under his (somewhat see-through) white V-neck sweater. Not exactly the stuff high fashion is made of. But now, it seems that the dickey has returned in a chic new way. Jessica Wingate and Elizabeth Azen Andia’s company Le Cou is currently on Kickstarter with a whole new take on dickeys, bows and ties so you can layer without the bulk. After all, who has room under a giant coat for extra shirts?

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“The idea for Le Cou came from our love of layering and crisp collars, coupled with the drawbacks of the bulk, bunching and overheating that often come with layered looks,” Wingate tells us. “Our dickeys add polish to your look, maximize the wardrobe you already own, and are designed to fit the body you have right now.”

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The chic collections include dickeys ranging from collared blue gingham to polka dot chambray to traditional white, so you can add them to any sweater for that straight-off-the-runway touch. A range of bows and ties are also available to spice up your shirts.

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According to the website, all pieces are made in the U.S. and manufactured by a woman-owned and run factory that has operated for over 30 years in New York. The campaign already has $14,554 in pledges at the time of writing, surpassing their goal of $5,500, with 16 days still to go. It looks like dickeys are definitely back in season.

So get ahead of the trends and ditch the bulky layering this winter!

Check out their campaign video below.

Would you wear a dickey? Let us know in the comments.

 (Photos via Le Cou)