It's Wool Week, so here's a jumper. These photographs are taken from the latest Margaret Howell campaign, I love the way this quintessentially British designer takes one classic item - last season it was the white shirt, the autumn campaign focuses on The Jumper - and rolls with it.
|Jumper photos: Koto Bolofo.|
As a student, I adopted a Beatnik/child of the sixties kind of vibe and lived in a second-hand, black leather jacket, M&S polo neck and Levi's 501 jeans. (I think we Brits call this a polo neck and roll neck is the American/more modern term (?)) Sadly, in the olden days there was no such thing as Facebook and I didn't have a camera, so there aren't any photos. Here's one of Jackie O instead.
I am cheekily re-using pictures from a previous post today, but it's Monday morning, I don't want to be late for work and I've already burned my porridge. Let's focus on the practical qualities of the simple roll neck. In cashmere it's a sensual proposition, a chic wardrobe staple and the best way to hide a saggy neck, just ask Diane Keaton:
Think about Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face, Yves Saint Laurent's Beat Collection, which upset the couture clients and saw him sacked from Dior, and the other first lady...
The polo neck is so versatile, it works with Capri pants, jeans, khakis, pencil skirts and as Diane Keaton proves layered under a dress. Of course, men can wear polo necks too:
Will you roll with it this autumn?