Roll up in a knit

Get it slightly wrong and a rollneck can plague your appearance. But by following a few simple rules and investing in high-quality knits, you can emulate the great rock stars from the last 60 years.
Leonard Cohen photographed by Gijsbert Hanekroot in 1972

A winter classic, the conflicting or harmonious rollneck (depending on the factors at play) chalks up similar vulnerabilities to that of (groovy rollneck disciples) The Bee Gees. Psychedelic and folk rock impresarios in the 1960s, the band lost steam until they became disco deities in the mid-‘70s. The crux of the story is that the rollneck can be a soprano liability or a tenor success depending on what genre of knit you opt for.

So often used as a safety net for formality, the rollneck can become a sartorial burden. To the delight of traditionalists, there have been numerous stories of people being turned away from well-known Mayfair clubs. To lessen your chances of this happening, it’s best to wear a rollneck that is sleek and simple, with a jacket (double-breasted would be the preference) that has wide peak lapels and a little more structure. Michael Caine mastered this look by donning a high-buttoning double-breasted blazer with a neat rollneck, which helps maintain a clean silhouette. His choice of knits resonate very closely to Edward Sexton’s wool assortment, that can be found in suitably darker hues such as green, charcoal and navy. Alternatively, Vestrucci’s grey cashmere sweater percolates a classic charm. Merging smart with louche, wear any one of Sexton’s double-breasted blazers and you’d be hard done by at being turned away from Mayfair’s upper crust establishments.


    Freddie Anderson


    January 2021


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