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The dos and don'ts of the rollneck

The dos and don'ts of the rollneck

The classic rollneck is one of winter’s ultimate style staples – they’re cosy, they’re warm, and they don’t need to be as tricky to pull off as you may think, see: that photo of Dwayne Johnson in the ‘90s. In fact, by heeding a few of stylist Toby Standing’s dos and don’ts, you’ll soon find that getting this knitwear favourite to look right at home in your cold-weather wardrobe is a walk in the park. 

From how to get the sizing just right to the most insulating material, this is how to nail the rollneck – without looking like the Michelin Man.

Do

Go true to size. You don’t want masses of extra material hanging around your neck, or equally, you don't want some unwanted choking sensation because the size you’ve gone for is too tight. By choosing a size that fits you correctly, you can reap all the benefits of a warm and cosy neck while never compromising on comfort. 

Don’t

Go for anything too thick. While we do recommend something that leans on the thicker side, anything too chunky is going to be very hard to layer with. In other words, you’re quickly going to give off some serious Michelin Man vibes as soon as even a light jacket is added on top.

Do

Opt for a wool or cotton knit style. A rollneck is designed to keep you warm, after all, and a jersey material probably isn’t the best choice if that’s your goal. Plus, a jersey rollneck will lose its shape a lot quicker, which is a real problem if you want that neck to stay high. 

Don’t 

Choose anything graphical or patterned straight out the gate. Especially if you’re just dipping your toe into this style, you’re going to find it hard to get the styling just right if your first rollneck is a little too loud. Instead, opt for something more plain to ensure ultimate versatility. 

Do

Find a versatile colour that fits into your current wardrobe. Neutrals are great of course, but if you feel pretty confident in your rollneck wearing abilities, shades like burgundy and darker browns are also surprisingly wearable in the right wardrobe. 

Do 

Choose a thicker knitted style if you’re planning on wearing this for more casual occasions. Save a lightweight or merino version for smarter occasions, you know, work and stuff. 

Don’t

Limit yourself to just the rollneck. Turns out, there’s plenty of other high-neck jumpers out there, like the mockneck and the turtleneck (yes, these are different things), for you to explore. For reference, a turtleneck goes all the way to the jawline, a mockneck only goes about halfway up the neck – it’s less commitment, essentially. 

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Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Toby Standing