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The key piece you should invest in this winter

The key piece you should invest in this winter

Some styles are teeming with sophistication. The rollneck is one of them. Throw one on, and suddenly you look like you moonlight as a concert pianist, recite Molière at dinner parties, and maybe run a tech empire. That’s a high-brow knit we’re talking about. It also happens to be the knit our stylists are convinced you should wear all winter. 

Even if you’re comfortable in your less assuming crewneck knits, we assure you the rollneck is still for you. The knit can be dressed down with ease. Not only are rollnecks and wool joggers now an acceptable pairing, it’s also a celebrated one. Rollnecks, selvedge jeans, and boots? Yes, it can be done. Rollnecks and harem trousers? Nah, we’re not giving this one our blessing. The point is they can look laid-back, and aren’t solely reserved for guys with wine memberships. And this should come as no surprise considering their history.

The rollneck was originally a utility piece before it was adopted by guys who wanted to rebel against traditional dress codes. It has since been donned by a slew of artistic types: The Beatles, Andy Warhol, Ernest Hemingway, and Steve McQueen, to name a few. Next up could be you, and you should consider it for a number of good reasons.

1. It's cold out there

This is the coldest time of year, and the rollneck offers a lot of coverage. It’s difficult to get too chilly wearing one unless you’re trying hard. For optimal warmth, we recommend a fisherman’s-style rollneck styled under a peacoat for a nod to nautical style. It'll also serve as that extra source of insulation under a parka or puffer when the chill really sets in – plus it will help elevate these more casual outerwear while it's at it (more about that here).

2. It's a layer lover's dream

Throw the rollneck on under a gilet, a shearling jacket, an overshirt, and even a cardigan, and it will look good. It's also a great alternative to a button-down shirt when wearing a suit. This pairing will show a bit more consideration than your standard suit and shirt, while hinting at the knit's rebellious history. It works particularly well with a tuxedo if you're trying to avoid looking like a clone of every other guy at the gala. 

3. It can be worn many ways

Nautical, moto-inspired, artsy, you name it – the rollneck can fit into whichever aesthetic you're trying to master. If you'd like to keep things simple, a pair of chinos and Chelsea boots is a handsome everyday uniform. We recommend choosing a jewel-toned style if you want to incorporate a hint of colour – a small win during the bleak winter months. And if you’re still hesitant to commit to rollneck, ease in with the mockneck. It’s a great gateway knit that will achieve a similar style effect, save for an inch or so of coverage. 

Words: Allison Pavlick
Photography: Jamie Stoker
Styling: Alice Watt
Styling assistant: Alexander McCalla