My Work Wardrobe: The Roll Neck Dress

Confession time…

I’ve not been buying much Country Road of late.

Instead I’ve tried to mix and match with what I already have.

Yes, you’ve guessed it, Jonny is a very happy man – he never complains when I curb my spending 😉

I’ve looked at everything that’s been arriving in store, but nothing has screamed BUY ME.

Rare I know, but extremely truthful.

It’s sure been a while, since something has been jumped out at me.

Ok, ok, maybe I did sneak in a couple of cheeky purchases of two shorter skirts and a couple of shirts a few weeks back…I justify this though, by the fact that I spend so much time there – I need lots of variety, yes?.

In my defence, there has been lots of wool arriving – it’s also been of the itchy wool variety, which my sensitive skin just can’t cope with.

Not only does wool make me break out in a severe case of hives; said hives also make me look like I’m imitating a dog with Mange…certainly not the best look for a hormonal 50-year-old.

Until now that is…I found some Merino wool that I can tolerate

Order has been resumed.

Can we just say Hello to this little beauty…the Roll Neck Dress and all of its magic?

My Work Wardrobe: The Roll Neck Dress Edit

Roll Neck Dress $199.00 Country Road (I’m wearing a Medium) | Ponte Leggings $49.95 (I’m wearing Small) Sussan | My old faithful Rockport Shooties | Watch: Sydney Series*  $199.00 by JORD

Yes, you read it right, magic.

It’s one of those frocks that can be worn several ways – making it a versatile piece, for lots of different body shapes and sizes.

To be honest, when it first arrived, I had sort of, dismissed it. Thinking it would be too tight and revealing over my butt, belly and thighs.

And because its black (yes, I know I ADORE black) – but try wearing black AND wool and in 27 degrees -ney on impossible.

The weather here has been beautiful and not at all Autumnal. So for all the obvious reasons, I let the dress slip off my radar.

That was, until I saw someone trying it on.

Yes, even I get inspired at CR.

The lady was a classic apple shape (you know, with the type of sensational legs I long for) – the dress looked incredible on her.

It stopped me in my tracks – she looked drop dead gorgeous.

That started my mind wondering, ‘what would it look like on a pear’ – i.e. ME!

Could I pull if off, without it looking sprayed on?

Would it complement my shape and style?

There was only one way to find out – I needed to man-up and try it on.

I instantly LOVED it.

In the slide show, I tried to show the two different ways I will wear it…depending on my mood of course.

  • Longer in length and slightly ruched around the middle.
  • Pulled up shorter to enhance the dolman sleeve effect – making it look more like a jumper and skirt.

I like it both ways.

Knowing me, I will probably change it as the day goes on – variety is the spice of life after all!

I’ve added a ponte pant underneath, instead of my usual tights, to add a slightly different look.

It won’t be long before I pull out a pair of colour opaques though.

What I love the most though, is its classic façade.

This dress could take you almost anywhere through Autumn/Winter.

Dress simply with a pair of stockings and black pumps for office perfection.

Tanned legs and a killer pair of ankle strap sandals for a dinner date.

Knee length boots for a full-on winter look.

Or like I have, over ponte pants (fabulous sucker-in ability)/legging, with a statement accent,.

Think, capes and, trenches and leather jackets to add another layer.

Simply earrings plus a couple of bracelets and you’re good to go.

Truly the possibilities are endless.


So tell me, how are you with wool or indeed roll necks? Do you avoid them or embrace them?



Hanging out over at Kimbalikes place today for wardrobe Wednesday



* this piece was gifted to me for editorial consideration



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  • I love this dress! Amazing outfit.

  • Another beauty! You’ve got such fab style Bev! Love the leopard pop.

    • Awwww thanks so much beautiful, such a wonderful compliment – you’re so kind! Mwah xx

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    I cannot do roll necks lol! Think it stems from my Mum insisting I wear them every darn winter as a youngster, now I’m just phobic :-/ Anyhow, the dress looks stunning on you Bev and you’re right about those Apple shapes…they do have enviable legs don they? x

    • I have always suffered with leg envy Nat – I think most pear shaped gals do!
      Not sure why I love a roll neck – they can be incredibly difficult to wear for a booby girl, but if the wool is soft, I pray my large ass and thighs will balance out the neckline! xx

  • Such a gorgeous dress on you Bev! I have several woollen dresses and I love them because they keep me warm in Melb’s very cold Winter. I think my trick has been to find brands that do soft, easy to wear wool like Woolerina and Boden. x

    • Thanks so much gorgeous girl xx
      Cosy wool is perfect for your Melbourne temps. I must check-out Woolerina – I’m still discovering labels since moving here! I was blown away by the first A/W collection Read & Bell – the quality was sensational xx

  • Andrea from Icadoo

    Just drop dead gorgeous!! You look stunning .. xx

  • I love a roll neck BUT it has to be super soft. Absolutely love the versatility of that dress!! It would take you anywhere. You look fabulous in both the ways you’ve worn it. And I see there’s lots on sale at CR at the moment….perfect timing for my trip to Melbourne next weekend for a bit of shopping therapy xox

    • Totally agree Wendy, anything around my next must be soft as! This dress is a total winner though, I just know I will pull if out year after year. The sale is phenomenal, I’ve bagged a fabulous black tailored jacket for $134 when it should have been $349 – Delighted doesn’t come close!
      Can’t wait to see what treasures you pick up in Melbourne xx

  • Sharon

    This looks beautiful on you darling Bev. My skin can’t tolerate wool either but this looks completely divine. As always you’ve styled it to perfection. Hugs and mwah xx

    • You’re a total gem Sharon – thank YOU xxx
      Wool can be incredibly difficult to wear. I totally admire anyone that can pull off the itchy/scratchy variety! Mwah, right back at ya gorgeous xx

  • Lisa darling, thank you so much for the Sussan recomendation for the Ponte Pants – I LOVE them! So comfortable and a really good price too. Like you, I can’t stand anything that makes me itchy. I would rather rip it off and shiver! Thanks for the love xx

  • Merino is the best! And I’m still loving those booties. x

    • Merino is the only wool that I can tolerate (so dramatic I know, but tolerate is how I feel about wool) AND I will forever be in love with these booties! xx

  • Lauren @SAHM I am

    Looks fabulous on you- I thought it was two pieces at first!

  • That dress with those booties, a match made in heaven. Zoe xx

    • Thanks Zoe – I truly adore the booties…they make any dress look fabulous! xx