1 Piece/3 Ways: Fine-Gauge Turtleneck
February 20th, 2013
The turtleneck is an often overlooked menswear staple. Stereotyped with hockey dads, old english professors, and iconic billionaire computer geniuses, this sweater frequently gets a bad rap.
Also referred to as the roll-neck, polo-neck, or skivvy, the turtleneck has been around for centuries. Originally popularized by athletes and naval officers for it’s durability and warmth, it was eventually embraced by artists, philosophers, and innovators.
When done right, a turtleneck can serve as a stylish and functional layer, and it doesn’t have to look stuffy or old-school. We’ve been wearing them at Articles of Style for years, and we’re happy to see them making a “comeback” in mainstream fashion.
Here, I styled a thin charcoal number for three different occasions. I hope this inspires some of you to go out and brave the turtle!
1. Creative Business
If you work in a creative industry, like fashion, or writing, or fashion writing, a fitted turtleneck with a tailored suit is fair game.
It looks sharp, sophisticated and it’s a subtle way to stand out from the typical corporate “suits”.
As Dan has written hundreds of times, simplicity is key in menswear.
Less is more. Less is more confident.
A very classic color palette here – navy, grey and brown. Can’t go wrong.
The suede belt and shoes also help compliment a polished look.
2. Sharp Casual
This is my favorite way to dress – kind of casual, kind of dressy…appropriate for just about anything.
This outfit could work for “business casual”, a dinner date, or just strolling our neighborhood in downtown NYC.
My looks are usually very simple, and always rooted in menswear classics.
Barbour jacket, flannel blazer, grey jeans, well-made lace-ups. These are all pieces I’ve had for years, and they’re only getting better with age.
3. Blacked-Out Prep
I’m usually not a big fan of wearing black, but Dan is on this “all black everything” kick lately and I have to say, it looks awesome.
The “quintessential prep” in me tends to shy away from black, but black can be preppy.
This look, for example, is less “urban streetwear” and more “80’s European playboy”. All I need is a vintage porsche.
Don’t forget that a turtleneck has a sporty element to it as well.
It’s all about how you wear it.
Lastly, when in doubt, you can always go this way with the turtle…just be sure to pack your “slightly darker” black one.
Thanks for reading.
Photography by Alex Crawford.