Saturday, 6 September 2014

6 Ways To Rock A Roll Neck

I'm going to throw this out there, I LOVE a good roll neck.

Admittedly I used to hate the idea of them when I was in my teens, but now I'm all about embracing a warm neck. Plus, the layering opportunities with roll necks are endless - see this H&M pink and cream number which actually gives the appearance of two jumpers layered over one another. 

High street retailer (/ love of my life) Zara has pretty much based its ENTIRE lookbook on the classic clothing item (and has provided a wealth of inspiration about how to go about layering it), which is proof - if any is needed - that you should definitely stock up on a few turtle necks ASAP.

Where it all began.

So where does the roll neck originate? According to Mr Porter, roll necks can be traced back to the 15th century - although back then, it was more of a tall-collar garment for men than the stylish womenswear staple that it is today. The most common use for this particular style of clothing would've originally been as utility wear (for soldiers), due to its super snug nature.

15th century aside, the roll neck really came into its own in the 1920s when male creatives, such as poets, began to replace shirts with the wardrobe staple - a pretty HUGE deal as practically all men wore shirts. The garment later became a style typically worn by beatniks (cultured cool kids who hung around in coffee shops) and was hugely popular in the Fifties and early Sixties. This period was also when the roll neck cemented itself into the wardrobes of women. 

The roll neck has since been in-and-out of fashion more times than you can shake a stick at. But it's always come back with a vengeance, which is why it makes such a good wardrobe staple. 

If it's good enough for Audrey...

Just to make sure that you don't channel Will Ferrell in Anchorman this season (not ideal),
here are 6 tips to help you rock a roll neck:

1) Want to look all effortlessly chic and elegant? Tuck your hair into your roll neck. It's quite practical too as when the wind blows, your hair stays firmly in place (thus reducing potential hair-in-mouth incidents).

Image by ZARA
2) For a simple-yet-cool layered look, try popping a thin roll neck (like this one) under a crew neck jumper.

Image by ZARA
3) If you want a warm yet smart, tailored work outfit, try wearing a roll neck underneath a sleeveless tux jacket. Team with cigarette trousers or an ankle grazing skirt.

Image by Hobbs
4) Oversized roll necks + skirts = instant win.

5) For a sports-luxe take on the trend, opt for this marl sweatshirt avec roll neck from H&M.

Image by H&M
6) Style a vibrant and colourful roll neck with neutral shades, or vice versa.

Image by David Hew /
To conclude, roll necks are basically your best friend right now. Embrace the snug.

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