Menswear aficionados will know that roll necks are currently having a moment, after being spotted on the autumn/winter runways at everyone from Gucci and Tom Ford to Ami and Topman Design. Yet just because the weather is steadily getting better and temperatures are set to rise, it doesn’t mean that you can’t wear this sophisticated piece through spring.

Of course, the key is to pick the right type of roll neck: thin gauge designs made from breathable fabrics are your only viable options here. You can safely fold up and pack away your chunky knit versions until October.

With that out of the way, here are five key ways you can work the roll neck into your warm-weather wardrobe.

Toughen It Up

Although the roll neck is considered a sophisticated and chic piece, that doesn’t mean we can’t toughen it up a little. And the easiest way to do this is to throw a classic leather jacket over the top of it.

A superb high-low combination, finish the look off with slim black jeans/chinos and smart footwear for an evening out.

Toughen Up The Roll Neck With A Leather JacketImage: Zara Editions AW13

Get The Look

John Smedley Belvoir Roll Neck Merino Wool Sweater (£130), available at Mr Porter; Montebello Black Leather Jacket (£595), available at Reiss.

A Shot Of Colour

Spring/summer is the ideal time to experiment with colour and print, so why not add a vibrant roll neck to your collection?

If you’re off to a smart-casual event, slip a bold coloured version under a neutral blazer to add an instant visual punch to your look.

Keep the rest of your outfit pared-back and muted in order to maximise its effect.

How To Wear The Roll Neck: A Coloured Version Under A Neutral BlazerImage: ovadia & sons AW13

Get The Look

John Smedley Belvoir Merino Wool Roll Neck Sweater, available at Mr Porter, priced £135.

John Smedley Belvoir Merino Wool Roll Neck Sweater

The Wardrobe Staple

Retailers are going crazy for long-sleeved T-shirts at the moment, which has led to high street brands such as Topman and Zara releasing lightweight cotton roll necks.

Crafted from breathable jersey material, they will get good use throughout the warmer months – either as a layering piece or standalone layer – especially when you opt for a summer-ready shade of white.

Wear it like you would any long-sleeved T-shirt: with jeans and a bomber jacket during the day, switching to a chinos and blazer combination at night.

Cotton Roll NeckImage: ZARA 2015

Get The Look

Off White Roll Neck Jumper, available at Topman, priced £24.

Topman Off White Roll Neck Jumper

The Shirt & Tie Replacement

The roll neck makes an ideal shirt and tie replacement for less formal occasions.

So, if you’re attending a spring wedding this season, try layering yours under a well-cut suit – this can be just the twist you need to help subtly separate yourself from the other guests in a refined and considered way.

Roll necks in rich shades of mustard, turquoise, bottle green and burgundy look particularly great when worn under grey, navy or black tailoring.

Suit Roll NeckImage: Boglioli AW15

Get The Look

Judson Camel Roll Neck (£399) and Belvoir Maritime Blue Roll Neck (£135), available at John Smedley.

John Smedley Roll Necks

Dressed Down

Sidestep the roll neck’s traditionally stuffy connotations by dressing it down with your casual wardrobe staples.

Brighter versions look superb teamed with dark slim-cut jeans or chinos; emphasise this relaxed feel by finishing with a simple pair of white trainers.

Dressed Down Roll NeckImage: Burton AW14

Get The Look

Blue Roll Neck Jumper (£10), available at Burton; A.P.C. Petit New Standard Slim Fit Dry Selvedge Jeans (£135), available at Mr Porter; Converse Jack Purcell Leather Sneakers (£60), available at Mr Porter.

Converse Jack Purcell Leather Sneakers