How to wear a roll-neck without looking like an idiot

The roll-neck is an item that I truly believe to be one of the most underrated pieces of clothing a man can own – here's why

The roll-neck is an item that I truly believe to be one of the most underrated pieces of clothing a man can own. Style is subjective, yes, but there  are some pieces that most gentlemen should attempt to wear at least once in his life – the roll-neck being one of them. Why? It’s genuinely cool, it looks amazing when paired with the right outfit and some of the most stylish guys in the world have rocked it. James Dean wore one, so did Steve McQueen and, you guessed it, so did Marlon Brando. If that’s anything to go by, you may as well read on…

How to wear a roll-neck without looking like an idiot

Test the waters first

If you’re still not convinced, don’t drop your pay check on a piece that you’re going to wear once and never again. Start small, test the waters and make sure that you’re trying a couple of different styles depending on both your personal style and your body shape. On that note…

Small frame = bigger knits

If you’re slim, you want something that’s going to add bulk to your body – so go for a thicker knit, something that’s going to complement your body shape without making you look out of proportion. Don’t go nuts on the whole oversized thing, you don’t want to look unbalanced but you do want to make sure you’re flattering yourself.

How to wear a roll-neck without looking like an idiot

Bigger frame = smaller knit

The reverse is true if you’re blessed with a bigger frame – you don’t want to add more bulk than you need to and instead need to ensure that you’re constantly flattering yourself. We’re not suggesting that you go skintight, however try and keep it slim in all the right places.

How to wear a roll-neck without looking like an idiot

Change up your knitwear

Back to that underrated statement – roll-necks definitely aren’t worn (yet) by that many men, so you may as well start early and get ahead of the curve. Sitting on a crowded tube, I can almost guarantee you that at the most, 1 in 20 men in your carriage will be wearing a roll-neck. It’s different, it’s not the standard sweater that you’re used to and will certainly help you stand out from the crowd – in the best way possible.

Avoid looking like an idiot

There are certainly some pretty solid ways that you can ensure you’re not looking like an idiot when you don a roll-neck, the first of which is making sure you pick the right style (as per the above and the below). You also need to make sure you’re pairing it with the right kind of pieces that’ll complement it perfectly and won’t add too much flair to the rest of the outfit. If you’re going for something chunky, pair it with slimmer fit jeans or chinos and a pair of on-trend suede trainers and with the slimmer knit, go for a baggier trouser and a pair of chelsea boots.

The most important rule of all

Rock it. Don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone and trying something different and always, always make sure that you’re confident in your outfit. Acting timid or embarrassed about what you’re wearing isn’t going to do you any favours. Keep the rest of the outfit stylish, flattering and let the roll-neck will do the talking.

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