Undeniably becoming a menswear ‘must have’ this season, rollneck sweaters have taken the world of fashion by surprise. Rather than being part of the sartorially inclined heritage trend – characterised by tailored jackets and coats, all-present tie combinations, heavy materials and the countryside gent look (see our excellent article on the heritage trend by Alex Woodhall) – the rollneck came on the scene separately and reminds us of 1970s.
Despite this, the rollneck fits perfectly into the today’s obsession with refined sartorialism, as by far the best way to pull off a rollneck sweater is by combining it with a structured tailored blazer. Being the favourite choice for many icons of recent decades, including Steve McQueen and Robert Redford, the rollneck sweater almost instantly creates a grown-up appearance and an aura of sophistication. Versatility is hardly the virtue of this fashion item and, instead, you should aim for neutral colours and simple minimalistic combinations.
You could not find a better example of what a rollneck should look like than the wool sweater by Yves Saint Laurent. Combining luxurious material with a beautiful, yet conservative shade of grey and pointelle seams, the design and finish of this sweater will make it perfect to pair with a trench, just as well as a structured blazer.
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