Monday, 21 December 2015

The Return of the Roll Neck

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It’s fundamental to have a roll neck in your wardrobe.

It is a style staple, from Audrey Hepburn’s classic black jumper, Simon Cowell’s basic roll neck number to chunky, ribbed knitted styles based on fisherman’s jumpers, the roll neck is the piece to own this winter.

First of all, you don’t usually find a fashion trend which not only looks great but is practical too. Roll necks, (or turtle necks) cover your chest and neck area, key places where the cold hits us most, therefore it doubles up as a scarf and is a very stylish way to prevent incoming colds. Designers went all out with this simple trend for winter. Celine gave us beautiful, oversized knitted styles in beige and black, Joseph went for basic layering of warm winter wraps around the neck, Isabel Marant used roll necks to compliment her military-esque collection while DKNY went for a more grungy look with asymmetric styles in bold geometric colours.

Celebrities frequently rock a roll neck too. It is common knowledge that Kim Kardashian has a clingy roll neck in every colour under the sun while younger sister Kendall Jenner pairs her loose turtle necks with super tight skinny jeans. Jennifer Lopez favours chunky styles, while Miranda Kerr and Rihanna tend to go for more sheer options with decadent embellishments to add sparkle. But it was during the 50s when the roll neck really gained momentum as a fashion staple. Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Onassis were all photographed wearing iconic knitted roll neck sweaters, showing us how to do daily glamour with ease.

Roll necks are easy wardrobe staples. Whether you decide to go for a knitted option, as seen in H&M or whether you want something slightly sexier for evening (your best bet is a Topshop number) make sure you stand out in yours. Leave accessories out of the equation and let the jumper do all the talking for you. Pairing your top with an asymmetric skirt will instantly uplift your look or if you want something more casual, take a leaf out of Kate Moss’ book and wear yours with a pair of black boots and jeans.

New Look have some great styles, in a variety of lovely colours from deep navy to tanned orange. Or try something timeless from Marks and Spencer, as their super soft cashmere sweaters are ideal for cold, wintry evenings and smart enough to wear in the office underneath a black blazer. If you’re on a budget, then even Primark have some fantastic ribbed options for only £6, in black, beige, khaki, burgundy and white. There really is no excuse, make a cosy roll neck your new best friend!