From Kim Kardashian to Dior: the new polo neck rules


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The polo neck used to be a utility item, the kind of thing your mum made you wear on a particularly chilly February school day. No longer. It has become a fashion favourite, with its fate sealed last week at Christian Dior’s Tokyo show, where almost all models wore polo necks. These ones probably wouldn’t be mum-approved, though – they were silver, covered in sequins and the the subject of fashion editors’ how-can-I-find-one-now obsession. Here are five tips on wearing a fashionable polo neck this winter.

Don’t think of your polo as merely a jumper

Sparkly polonecks at the Dior show in Tokyo
Sparkly polo necks at the Dior show in Tokyo. Photograph: Dior

It is actually a layering device. At the Dior show, they were worn under coats and dresses, and this is how they look the most fashion. Especially if, as we’ve mentioned, they come with sparkles.

Add lipstick

Italian Make-up Artist Lucia Pica, Global Creative Make-up and Color Designer for Chanel
Lucia Pica, global creative makeup and colour designer for Chanel, in a polo neck and lipstick. Photograph: Karim Sadli/Chanel

The hair up or hair down debate rages on in the brave new world of of the fashion polo, but one thing is universally acknowledged – they look great with lipstick. See Lucia Pita, Chanel’s new global creative makeup and colour designer, whose official portrait shows her in a black polo and plum lipstick.

Tuck your hair in

Celine's Phoebe Philo with her hair tuck
Celine’s Phoebe Philo with her hair tuck. Photograph: Eric Ryan/Getty Images

The hair tuck is an alpha fashion detail first adopted with coats by street-style mavens. It is adaptable to the polo neck and has been seen on front-row fixtures such as Olivia Palermo, and by designer Phoebe Philo. A word of warning: the polo is one of those things in your wardrobe most responsible for overheating, so may be one to save for outdoor activities.

Go bodycon a la Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian in her bodycon poloneck
Kim Kardashian in her bodycon polo neck. Photograph: ANTOINE CAU/SIPA/REX

Not all Kardashian’s looks can be adopted wholesale and in real life, but her pencil skirt and polo uniform is an easy one to hack. A little bit mannequin, especially when worn in camel, the over-the-knee hemline and polo are the kind of minimal details that fashion people highly prize. And – bonus! – you don’t have to be on the Givenchy front row to wear it.

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