I am a huge lover of a good turtleneck, funnel neck or high neck top. I find them very flattering and stylish. If you were to take a look in my closet you would find most of my basics, as well as any jumpers and some tops all feature this design.
The turtleneck provides an aesthetically balanced option for those of us who find something attractive in just the right amount of revealed skin. I find that the design also aids in making me look taller and helps balance out some areas of my body I do not like to emphasise, such as my broad shoulders and long neck. The turtleneck is sometimes seen as quite old fashioned, but I think elegance and modesty are now sometimes mistaken for outdated style.
While perusing the internet, I recently discovered that Marks & Spencer has an Australian website, so naturally I went straight for the basics. Good quality basics at an affordable price are not easy to come by so I was intrigued and thought I’d give them a shot.
The Cotton Funnel Neck Fitted Tops came in two designs: sleeved and sleeveless. I purchased two of the sleeved design which retail for AU$18.50, available in black, navy and white and three of the sleeveless, which are now sold out (crossing my fingers that they come back in stock).
The quality of these basics is quite good. They are well made with a composition of 95% cotton and 5% elastane. I sized up to a medium with all of them as I didn’t them to be too fitted and I do not regret that decision. The design of the sleeveless tops is absolute perfection. I find that quite often, with sleeveless tops like these there will be some tension over the bust area creating some unflattering gaping at the arms, however that does not happen with these. The only place they could do better is the fabric, as it is quite thin which is not an issue for the black and navy, but limits what bras I can wear with the white, which I guess is quite standard across brands and for the price isn’t a deal breaker at all.
For a more smart casual look I styled the white funnel neck with a pair of black peg leg trousers I purchased from ASOS a while ago and my Superga Cotu Classics in Taupe. This is a perfect ensemble for work. Swap out the trainers for some loafers or heels to elevate the look even further.
For a casual, every day look I styled the navy funnel neck with my LEVI’S 501 Crop Jeans and Superga Cotu Classics in Taupe. This is a go-to look for me on days when I want to look put together without much effort. The funnel neck design makes the outfit a little more interesting and feminine than a basic t-shirt would.
Here I styled the black long sleeve funnel neck with my Gestuz Natima Pants and Atmos&here Tara Leather Loafers. Both out of stock now, however alternatives are quite easy to find as they are very simple pieces. I would also add a black leather belt to this ensemble to emphasise the waist, however I could not find mine anywhere. Check out this blog post if you want to see what kind of belt I would pair this with.