I so wanted to say rolo or polo but in the history of jumpers, I can pretty safely say, no one's ever called it a rolo neck. Although there is a first time time for everything no?
But in the interests of trying not to be a cretin - do you call them roll(o!) necks or polo necks? (or do you call them a no go area?! In which case could I ask you to just look at the first one - assuming you don't like them because of a bust issue - and then you can stop reading.)
For me it's always been a polo neck. Which, as I've discovered if you say it many many times over sounds completely bonkers. Roll neck makes much more sense but since any form of sense that I may have had seems to have a done a runner with my first placenta (children have ruined me), the more randomly titled polo neck is my description of choosing.
Regardless of what you call it, it is possibly my favourite jumper of all time. I try and hold off as long as I can into the Autumn but when I cave, I cave big.
I love any sort of polo neck - ok so there are possibly only two types - a finer and a chunkier version but I seem to have amassed a fair collection of both.
Today though, I'm looking at the more fitted versions.
These for me, are my absolute go to jumper in the A/W. As someone who is super white (think Caspar without his tan), I love the fact that I have less skin on show. Which sounds weird but it just works.
I also love their versatility. As I always say - the ideal purchase for me is something I can wear during the day and also out at night. Looking back on my list from the other day, these pretty much go with every form of bottoms that I own. Except skinnies - but that's where the chunkier versions are pure gold. Peg leg trousers, boyfriend jeans, midi or maxi skirts and wide leg crops - these are perfection in a jumper.
This is my current favourite which I am very grateful to Fenn Wright Manson for sending me. I am always on the search for a new black jumper that I will wear and wear and wear and this one ticks all the boxes. The only teensy gripe for me, is that I'd like the arms to be a couple of inches longer but I do have Mr Tickle appendages. For the more normal amongst us, this won't be an issue at all.
This is the perfect fine knit to wear out in the evening as well as during the day. There's nothing worse than a fitted jumper that makes you feel like you're a boil in the bag ready meal. I wore it out for the first time last night and am exceptionally tempted to wear it this evening as well.
I also think this could be the perfect option for those who are bustier amongst us. The sheer yoke makes it far less constricting across the breast and it does come up big - ie I'm a small and I'm a 10/12.
Fenn Wright Manson Taurus Jumper in black £89
Which they also do in a grey again £89
My other must have version that I have had for the past three years is the silk cotton mix one from Jigsaw. Neither the Fenn Wright Manson one above nor my Jigsaw favourite are the cheapest but - and she's back to banging on about cost per wear again - these will honestly pay for themselves. If you're going to wear them a lot, it does make sense to buy quality.
Silk Cotton Polo Neck Jumper from Jigsaw £89
And in the charcoal.
If you prefer ribbed, then look no further than Me+Em. Best bit about this jumper (apart from the quality of knitwear from Me+Em being sublime, full stop), is the super long arms.
Perfect Ribbed Polo from Me+Em in black £99 Don't forget 20% off with ORDER20 as the code
Love it in the soft pebble £99
And the super fabulous grey £99
Extra fine merino from Uniqlo £24.90 in ten different colours.
Brown wouldn't be my first choice but this gives you the best idea of the fineness of the jumper.
I do however love it in the olive which is a perfect alternative to black.
Or ring the changes with a pink.
Then there are the wool jersey options from Me+Em. These are perfect for layering but with the ruched side detailing, I would happily wear on their own.
Luxe Polo Neck Top from Me+Em £69 in navy - it's harder to find a navy polo neck than it should be.
And in the black (always got to be in the black... )
Obviously I've been building up to justifying a new one and this one I know I would get more than my money's worth out of.
Roll-neck 1970 wool sweater from Bella Freud £295
And here I am in my new Fenn Wright Manson one. I can confirm it's the perfect weight for a night out - you can't really see the sheer detailing on the yoke here, it is subtle but an effective detail.
Black Taurus Polo Neck - Fenn Wright Manson
Metallic skirt - Marks & Spencer
Carmen Black Velvet Boot - Penelope Chilvers
Black clutch bag - Tory Burch
Last night, really great dinner party and I'm off out again this evening to a Pop Up restaurant. Need to think carefully about what to wear as it's a fifteen course taster menu so experience says, something loose is probably a good idea. Tomorrow morning, up early for rugby. That's going to be fabulous.
In the meantime, I'm now off to peruse more skirts like the one above, as I have been asked about it numerous times on Instagram and it's old season. Off to see if I can find some great versions available for now. Note to self - I do not need to buy a new one....