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There’s nothing better than having an item in your wardrobe that goes with everything. But how about having something in your wardrobe that enables you to put a number of disparate items of clothing together and you finish up with a ‘look’ that anyone would be proud to wear?

That ‘something’ is usually the white shirt which has for many years been the linchpin of layering for us all and will continue to do so. Whether worn with its cute collar peaking out from under a jumper or layered under a shift dress or smart suit to formalise work wear, we have all been committed to the white shirt with several in our wardrobe.

Now, however, another certain ‘something’ that can be relied upon to pull your outfit together is the humble polo neck. Roll necks in all colours and shapes are key this winter. When layered they can turn an ordinary outfit into a ‘chic’, subtle and modern statement. For example, layer with a jacket for a corporate look or under a shirt or jumper for a casual look.

It’s rare that fashion is also practical. Ward off the winter chill with the range of roll neck and turtle neck jumpers from the High Street. From chunky, cable knit crops to sleek, cowl neck swing tops they are there for you to choose from.

In styling terms though, the polo or turtle neck is not for everyone. You need to consider two things – your bust size and the length of your neck.

The rule is – the higher the neck line, the fuller the bust looks. So if this is you, best to avoid them and layer a v-neck or scoop neck with a camisole and scarf for extra warmth. Or better still, the cowl neck will be much more flattering and also warm.

If you have a long neck and smaller bust then this is the easy essential for your winter wardrobe. It will give you that après or during ski vibe. Alternatively, wear with A-line skirt and pointed flats for that 60s inspired look.

And it’s not a trend just for the ladies, the men now get to wear them too. To encourage him to be more ‘retro cool’ than ‘fuddy duddy’ get him to wear his with slim-fit tailored trousers.

Colour me beautiful consultants offer men’s image consultations too so if you are a fan of colour me beautiful yourself, why not book a consultation for the man in your life?

Take a look at our Colour Me Beautiful Pinterest account for more outfit ideas and style inspiration here.