Fondle-Free Fashion: The Roll Neck

MG decided he’d had enough of breastfeeding almost a year ago, but he still misses the comfort of mummy’s boobs. Out in public or at pre-nap snuggle time at home, when that boy gets sleepy forget a teddy or blankie, it’s all about skin. At the speed of lighting, his little dimpled hands will rush down my top to find an armpit or my cleavage – ticklish, highly embarrassing and needs to stop.

I figure the only way to resolve this situation is to keep my torso firmly under wraps. Enter the roll neck, a perennial classic and winter wardrobe staple (summer too, if it’s sleeveless 90s style) – a stylish way of saying ‘KEEP OUT’.  Those extra inches of material are tricky for little ones to navigate and, even better, the polo/turtle/roll neck is de rigeur amongst the fashion pack, this year’s more streamlined and cooler alternative to the buttoned-up shirt. Wear yours under a pinafore, sweatshirt or collarless jacket.

I wonder if any of these stylish celebrity mums were dressing for fondle freedom when they wore these chic roll neck looks.

ps. Sometimes MG lifts up my top to pinch and stroke my mum tum – oh the joy. Next week, the impenetrable polo-necked jumpsuit!

Shop it!


Pure Cashmere Jumper, £75, Marks & Spencer

Pure Cashmere Jumper, £75, Marks & Spencer


Fine Rib Polo Neck, £27, Jigsaw


Tomas Maier Cashmere Sweater, £625, Net a Porter

Gwyneth Roll Neck, £30, Hobbs


Chunky Knit Roll Neck Vest, £20, Asos


Delo Roll Neck, £120, Reiss

Jaquard Roll Neck, from £35.60, Boden


Polo Neck Top £24.99, H&M

Polo Neck Top £24.99, H&M


Brushed Roll Neck Jumper, £20, River Island

Turtle Neck Jumper, £10.50, BHS



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