Can there a be more versatile item in your wardrobe than the humble polo neck? They’ve been doing the fashion rounds for years – from Audrey Hepburn in the ‘60s through to the grungey ‘90s and right up to 2020.
It’s a perennial style item for a reason – it’s simple, easy to wear, slimming and can be worn in a myriad of ways. Before you ditch your polo neck for something more exciting, take a look at how you could be doubling its wearability today.
Chances are you already have a polo neck hanging in your wardrobe, but if you don’t, then it’s time to get one pronto! With a item that is going to be worn again and again, it’s best to invest as much money as you can afford. Saying that, I own a polo neck that I picked up from Primark seven years ago for the grand sum of £8 and it’s still going strong.
When it comes to colours, you can’t go wrong with black, however, grey and camel are both really great options. Alternatively, if your wardrobe is super plain, opt for something with a bit of colour in it to brighten up your outfits.
While it’s seen as winter wardrobe item, if you buy a fine-knit one, you can use it to take you from winter to spring and autumn into winter!
Ribbed roll neck, £8.99, New Look
Fine-knit polo neck, £12.99, H&M
Pure cashmere roll neck, £89, M&S
Look One: Dress it up
Give your spring/summer dresses life all year long thanks to the addition of a polo neck. Pop it on underneath and you’ve got a super cosy, super chic look. Just add knee high boots and a hat to give it a cool ‘70s twist.
When the cold hits, layers are needed, but what happens if you still need to look smart? Take a leaf out of Victoria Beckham and Nicole Kidman’s books and put your polo neck under a shirt or blouse. Throw a blazer over the top and you’re ready to rule the office – without feeling the chill.
Cream fine-knit polo neck, £12.99, H&M
Oxblood leather saddle bag, £95, Wolf & Badger
Slim fit pink trousers, £32, Next
Nude lace-up boots, £65, Charles & Keith
Spotty blouse, £26, Next
Cream blazer, £111.75, Karen Millen
While you may think about slinging on a polo neck when you’re off on a country walk, don’t dismiss it when it comes to an evening out.
A slinky black polo looks fabulous with a sequin or feathery skirt, ensuring you don’t feel the chill (or have to get your arms out) when you step out for the evening. Go full Robert Palmer and add a touch of red lippie to really elevate your look!
Those in the fashion know love a matchy-matchy look. Wearing one colour head to toe makes outfits look much more luxurious than they are.
If you’re not daring enough to try a bright shade – orange will be everywhere this year – dip your toe in the trend with a classic blue. After all Pantone have chosen it as their colour of the year so you’ll be bang on trend – plus it’s easier to wear than top-to-toe brights.