Trends: The turtle neck style

The rainy season is fast drawing its curtains in Cameroon. Moreover, just as the saying goes, “the darkest hours before dawn”, so are we experiencing the rainiest and coldest times before the dry season. Hummm!! What perfect way to dress other than in some cozy tight “turtle-neck” long sleeve shirt… sounds interesting right? Follow me…

A polo neck, roll-neck, turtleneck, or skivvy is a garment, usually a sweater with a close-fitting collar that folds over and covers the neck. It can also refer to the type of neckline, the style of the collar itself, or be used as an adjective ("polo necked").  Turtle neck-like garments have been worn for hundreds of years, dating at least to the 15th century. They were originally designed to protect the necks of knights wearing chainmail. Royalty adopted high-neck fashion, with the height and volume of the neck ruffle indicating status.

In contemporary society, we can use such garments to be stylish and at the same time protect us from the harsh cold. How would you imagine a black turtleneck, over a pair of blue jeans, good shoes to fit and to top it all up, a blue coat. Isn’t that so classy and cooperative, dear “reglo peeps” I urge you all to try this out. You can thank me later. 

Desmond Mbua

Freelance journalist from ASMAC