Everyone is using this £8.50 fashion item to take outfits into autumn territory

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As the weather gets cooler it’s all about layering, and we have found the coolest way to do it…

Reverting back to wardrobe basics and relying on classic, wearable and most importantly reliable pieces is something we should all be considering right now. At a time when we should be more conscious about our buying habits, opting for long-lasting pieces, it’s all about going for items you’ll get the most wear out of.

We all own a pair of jeans we can’t help but wear on repeat, a coat we bring out season after season, and that white t-shirt which isn’t too see-through or too thick. Now, it’s all about the long sleeve roll neck top; or a turtleneck, if you’re feeling retro!

Sure, it may not be the most exciting purchase you’ll ever make, but believe us when we tell you it has an innate power to transform any outfit from summery, to autumn-ready. We’re not talking a chunky knit here: you’re looking for a thin second-skin layer that can be added to any outfit to gain extra warmth, and style points in succession. 

There are so many ways you can make a high neck transform your wardrobe. Whether you layer it under a jumpsuit, add it underneath an oversized shirt or update a would-be summery dress, the possibilities are endless. 

Here, we take inspiration from the stylish women at fashion month and reveal the best ways to style this look – and reveal the £8.50 version we will be wearing all season long. Trust us: you’ll want to snap it up in all 12 colours.

1. With a jumpsuit

Street style wearing snake print jumpsuit
Team animal prints with a neutral roll neck

Boiler suits and jumpsuits have been more popular that usual this year, and their reign is continuing well into the cooler months. Although the stress of going to the loo wearing one may put you off, the new way to wear it may have you convinced. 

Add a roll neck underneath and they suddenly become autumn-appropriate, because let’s face it, the one piece is a tricky one to style with coats. 

2. With a shirt

Street style wearing shirt
The new way to style a classic shirt

Stylist’s fashion director has already approved this combo as the one she’ll wear on repeat this season – the shirt and roll neck. 

By adding the high neck top underneath a classic shirt, you give it a whole new fresh spin that looks effortlessly chic. Keep a few buttons undone for a laid back look.

3. With a dress

Street style wearing dress
Match your roll neck to your dress

If you’re about to do the wardrobe switch and pack your summer hero dresses away, stop right there. Make any dress suitable for cold weather by yes, you guessed it, layering with a roll neck top. 

Try teaming one in the a similar shade to your dress to tick off this season’s tonal trend, too. 

4. With a suit

Street style wearing suit and roll neck
Eva Chen opts for a classic white roll neck

If you usually team a suit with a shirt or T-shirt, it’s time to swap them for a roll neck top. Fashion queen Eva Chen gives a lesson in how to do it, and we’re prepared to take notes. 

Shop Marks and Spencer roll neck top

  • Marks and Spencer roll neck

    Marks and Spencer cotton rich navy fitted top

    The stretchy cotton tops are made from ethically sourced cotton, have a StayNew™ finish to prevent colour fading and are available in sizes 6-24. Want even more good news? It’s also available in 12 different colours, including classic white, black and navy and colour-pop sage, lilac and red. 

    It’ll become part of your fail-safe basics. For under £10 each, you’ll want to get the lot. 

    Roll neck top, £8.50, Marks and Spencer

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