This Basic Will Hold All Your Winter Looks Together, and You Probably Own It

Instagram is a funny place. One minute we’re liking a picture of a puppy; the next we’re delving into someone’s living room interiors, and in quick succession, we’re shopping. We have everything at our fingertips, and something we will always appreciate (as well as cute pets) is the ability to find outfit inspiration in a flash. Whether it’s how to dress like a French girl or the latest colour combinations to try out, there’s no shortage of ways to click refresh on your wardrobe. And let’s face it: During winter, this is more necessary than ever. So what if we were to tell you an item you most likely already own is the key to winter dressing? Or if you don't, then you can get it for the same price as a large glass of vino in a London bar? Well, the humble black roll-neck top is the secret.

Instantly making any outfit—from midi dresses to miniskirt suits—into a winter outfit, the trusty top will not only add that extra layer to keep you cosy (especially the M&S Heatgen style we’ve found) but also look so good. You can also get the classic wardrobe basic on the high street for around £10, so is it any surprise every fashion person is basing all their cold-weather looks around this magic style? Here, we’ve found the best Instagram outfits that all have one thing in common: the black roll-neck top.

1. Roll-Neck + Midi Dress + Blazer

Amira wearing black roll neck under midi dress



Style Notes: Want to know the way to winter-proof any dress you own? Add a roll-neck underneath just like Amira did, and voilà, cosy and cool in equal measures.

Emmanuelle Koffi wearing black roll neck with skirt set



Style Notes: The skirt suit hit the runway at Chanel, Dior and co. for S/S 22. Invest now, and wear all year through by playing with high-neck layers. 

3. Roll-Neck + White Shirt

Style Notes: Caroline (aka the queen of wardrobe staples) knows which basics will work on heavy rotation. Mixing a black roll-neck with soft neutrals looks oh so chic, and it's a way to be able to wear your favourite springtime white shirt all year round. 

4. Roll-Neck + Zip-Up Knit

Anne-Victoire Lefevre wearing black roll neck under



Style Notes: If you haven't got a half-zip jumper by now, you should question your winter wardrobe. The hero buy looks effortless when layered with roll-necks, so of course, Anne-Victoire wears this pairing on repeat. 

Abisola Omole wearing black roll neck with blazer and leather trousers



Style Notes: There's something about adding a sharp blazer over a soft, chunky knit that feels so cool. Naturally, leather strides will pull the whole vibe together. Case in point: Abisola Omole's look.

6. Roll-Neck + Faux-Fur Coat + Boots

Style Notes: When winter hits, we all have to pull out the big guns in the form of faux-fur outerwear. Black and brown is the colour combo Lucy Williams approves of with her black roll-neck and brown coat and boots. Swoon. 

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