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NOTES ON STYLE: RISE OF THE ROLL NECK

20.11.14

From humble beginnings as the de facto uniform of the intelligentsia, the roll neck jumper has usurped the slogan jumper to become AW14's most voguish piece of knitwear. Here we laud the rise of the women's roll neck jumper and show you how to wear this comfortable yet chic AW14 must-have.

Rightly or wrongly, fashion has a reputation for flouting concerns of convenience, instead prizing the latest look over the latest innovations in comfort. So, in the serendipitous event that fashion and function conspire together to create something both aesthetically pleasing and technically excellent, you can be sure that the movement will be wholeheartedly supported by fans of fashion. This season’s oversized roll neck jumper is case-in-point. Whether paired with skinny jeans or a skirt, the roll neck jumper’s appeal is both multifold and undeniable.

Thanks to its admirable versatility, the question of how to wear the roll neck jumper best is one met with many answers. Oversized and coddling or slinky and form-fitting, ribbed in cotton or woven from impossibly-soft cashmere, this clever knit can be worn in a myriad of different ways.

Championing the garment’s ability to transform, conceal and reconfigure the female form is Pernille Teisbaek, author of the esteemed fashion blog Look De Pernille. As evidenced in her reworking of our AW14 collection, Styled By Pernille, this digital tastemaker recognises the roll neck jumper’s boundless flexibility.

Follow the stylish lead of Pernille and wear the design oversized with an equally voluminous skirt, or for a more streamlined take on the look, swap the skirt in favour of the skinniest of jeans. Alternatively, take the look left-field, and reveal just a glimpse of your roll neck knit by layering beneath a super-fine V-neck jumper.

Though the roll neck jumper may traditionally be considered as being the preserve of daytime dressing , for AW14 the design feels just as relevant worn beneath flashing lights as it does beneath city lights. Take the design into the realm of the night by wearing super-fine and form-fitting with black leather – a miniskirt or leggings will do. Finish your look with the highest heels and metallic statement jewellery worn liberally on the wrist or draped sparingly around the neck.

Don’t just take our word for it though, be inspired by how bloggers have been wearing Reiss’ AW14 offering of roll neck jumpers.