Bethan Holt on the dis­creet charms of the polo-neck

Chic yet com­fort­able, the not-so-hum­ble high-neck jumper is a wardrobe essen­tial

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How do I love polo-necks? Let me count the ways. They are the epit­ome of swan­like chic; when fit­ted and black, one will make you feel as el­e­gant as Jackie O sashay­ing through New York in the 1970s or as sweetly beat­nik as Au­drey Hep­burn in Funny Face. But they also man­age to be as solid and de­pend­able as the man who buys you crisps on Valen­tine’s Day (or any other day of the year, when he re­mem­bers).

Ev­ery woman should have sev­eral po­los – aka tur­tle or roll necks – in her life. Some are not big, flirty fash­ion play­ers, but quiet he­roes that will trans­form cer­tain pieces into some­thing you can ac­tu­ally, y’know, wear. If you have a lovely floaty, flimsy dress that is rarely good for any­thing other than hol­i­days, wear it over one of Uniqlo’s HeatTech po­los, et voilà. Equally, tuck one into high-waisted jeans and you have a re­fined week­end out­fit.

Not all polo-necks are cre­ated equal. Of late, there are some much shoutier op­tions just beg­ging to keep your neck cosy with all the sub­tlety of El­ton John’s Gucci re­tire­ment tour wardrobe. Two of the edgi­est de­sign­ers of the mo­ment – Raf Si­mons at Calvin Klein and Demna Gvasalia

Ev­ery woman should have sev­eral po­los – aka tur­tle necks or roll necks – in her life

at Ba­len­ci­aga – have em­braced tight satin ver­sions (quite Star Trek) and slouchy fun­nel-necked knits, which could look great with pat­terned midi skirts. And Raf ’s bright-white jer­seys are the per­fect way to make the art of lay­er­ing look mod­ern.

Some say that any­one with a chest big­ger than a B cup can­not par­take in polo-necks, which is non­sense – as long as you have the right sup­port in place. I of­ten wear mine with one of LNDR’s bril­liantly smooth­ing and sup­port­ive sports bras.

A top that cov­ers from wrist to chin might not seem like the sex­i­est of items at this ro­man­tic time of year, but mod­esty is hav­ing a mo­ment. Time to leave a lit­tle to the imag­i­na­tion?

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