Put away those summer dresses? No need!

I’m a fan of layering long sleeved tops under short sleeve or sleeveless stuff when the weather gets colder – it means all year round wear for clothes that would usually be useless in winter.

I prefer to layer underneath than on top, because I pretty much hate cardigans, apart from the very odd few. Whilst I appreciate the benefit of being able to take one off if you get hot, they’re usually at odds with the length of your coat or the neckline on what you’re wearing underneath. I’ll wear blanket cardigans and long cardigans instead of a coat, when it’s mild enough, but once you need an extra outer layer I just find them awkward to work with.

I digress.

This year, it seems the polo neck is back and de rigeur. I love a fine knit slim fit black polo. It works in so many ways.

Black skinny fit polo outfits

And this little beauty from H&M is perfect for layering.

H&M long sleeve jersey polo neck top

It’s thin jersey, so won’t bunch up under dresses or waistbands, and the neckline isn’t so bulky that it will annoy you and leave you wanting to claw your own skin off by the end of the day,

Best of all it’s only £7.99.

I actually have some summer dresses that are a bit too short to wear in actual summer (they need the flesh hiding properties of opaque tights) so this is an ideal way to integrate them into my autumn/winter wardrobe.

I’ve also purchased a slightly different option in a ribbed fabric, from Tesco F&F. Again it’s only fine, so not too bulky underneath clothes, and the neck is a nice tight fit to keep you snuggly. This one is £8. I’m wearing it today for the first time, under a jersey dress and it’s very comfortable(this picture makes it look looser than it is, mine’s tight fit – saucy devil that I am).

Tesco black skinny rib polo

And I’ve just spotted it in a cream and black stripe as well, for just £7, so I’m going to order that one too.

Tesco black and cream stripe skinny rib polo

Top tip if your hair is long; you might find a polo neck more comfortable and/or temperate if you go for a ponytail or messy bun. Hair down and a tight neck jumper can be a bit claustrophobic and annoying, if you’re that way inclined.

Are you an “under” or “over” layerer? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading.

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