Winter’s Undershirt: The Thin Turtleneck

December 11th, 2013

We’ve highlighted the versatility of the thin turtleneck before, but lately I’ve also been wearing them under shirts to insulate my look.

It’s an interesting and functional way to add a warm layer to a Fall/Winter outfit.

Here’s three examples to get you thinking.

    1. Weekend Sharp


    Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi

    I have a hard time passing up on well-priced heavy duty military clothes, especially outerwear. One of my favorite vintage stores in NYC had received a new rack full of Officer’s peacoats. I tried on a handful and eventually found one that fit like a glove, no alts needed.

    The trick is trying on several of them since the sizing can vary so much; vintage military garments were likely previously tailored to the specifics of the officer who originally wore them. The military understands the power of properly tailored clothes: good fit conveys confidence, power and authority. Now you just need to find an officer who was your size.

    The plaid wool shirt is also vintage. The wool is a little scratchy, so the cashmere turtleneck not only makes it warmer, but much more comfortable as well.


    The gold buttons on this jacket were probably the reason I bought it.

    Why not highlight them with gold aviators (also original military design) and a gold watch (also vintage).


    Don’t be afraid of Winter Whites.

    Also, nothing says Fall like beefy socks and suede loafers.


    • Square aviator shades by Randolph Engineering
    • Blue officer’s coat Vintage
    • Brown Plaid wool shirt Vintage
    • Cashmere turtleneck by Ralph Lauren
    • Vintage Watch with Crocodile Band by Rolex
    • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang
    • Blue/grey marled socks by J.Crew
    • Brown Suede Loafers by Ralph Lauren

    2. Insulated Suit


    You know I had to do this under a suit. With a weighty flannel, this is a great way to avoid wearing an overcoat or a scarf.

    It also ads a regal sense to a business suit – perfect for a cocktail party or fancy night out.


    If you’re in a business casual environment you can try a thin turtle under your business shirt in the coldest winter months. Just keep the colors subtle and related.

    Also make sure it breathes well, in case your office likes to pump the heat.



    3. Funky Fresh Camel


    And as you probably know, I love mixing shades of browns, tans and greens in the Fall.

    I also really like combining a handful of classic, conservative menswear pieces (like a fitted turtleneck, camel topcoat, and tailored trousers) with a more eclectic and expressive piece (like this psychedelic shirt).

    This move actually works really well with a patterned shirt. The turtleneck acts as a solid, conservative base to anchor it all down.


    This is one of my favorite pairs of shades, mainly because the temples wrap-around the ears.

    Originally invented for fighter pilots to fly upside down, these things stay locked in place on your face (I hate it when sunglasses slide down my nose and I have to push them up every five minutes).

    Side note: if you have the sliding problem with any of your shades, take them to any LensCrafters or eyewear store – most of them will adjust the nose pads and bend the temples around your ears for free.


    Of all the footwear we’ve received from Johnston & Murphy, these are my favorites.

    Chocolate suede captoe brogue 3/4 boots. They can be dressed-up or dressed-down.


    • Aviator shades by Randolph Engineering
    • Camel topcoat by Ralph Lauren Polo
    • Forest green turtlneck by Uniqlo
    • Slim brown leather belt Vintage
    • Chocolate suede captoe boots by Johnston & Murphy


    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Articles of Style


    Photography by Alex Crawford 

    • TonySunshine

      Hello Dan !
      what is the size for the turtleneck under the shirt ?
      My shirt size is L.
      Thanks In advance.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Hey Tony. The turtleneck is a size Medium (same as my shirt size) although it’s a thin sweater that is meant to fit snug on the body.


    • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

      The outfits look great and are all “me”. Even the top wrinkle on outfit 2/last pic is the spitting image of my frenulum.

    • Mike

      Great looks, Dan! I am happy that the turtleneck-under-shirt look is back to fashion, and not only worn by dandy-type men. I prefer the look with the shirt tucked in and only the top button undone. Do you also sometimes wear, as sported by many runway models, a turtleneck under a fully buttoned shirt, maybe even with a tie added?

    • SG

      What model Rolex is that is in look one, and how big is it if you know? I keep thinking a vintage watch would be cool, but they usually seem so small compared to current styles…
      Keep up the good work.

      • Jo

        Looks like a two-tone Rolex Datejust. Probably a reference 1601 non-quickset. A great vintage watch if your wrists are on the smaller side, or if you just need a classic looking dresswatch.

    • Owen

      Wow, look #2 is amazing! It seems to echo the appearance of wearing a day cravat without looking like you’ve just been to a wedding.

      Great work!

    • cam

      dan, in look 2, do you recommend keeping the turtle the same color as the suit as you did here? i’m getting inspired and think a different color turtle from the suit might not work as well. thanks homeboi

      • Dan Trepanier

        I actually wanted to wear a navy turtleneck with that look, but couldn’t find it. I think as long as it’s a subtle, conservative color it can work with a suit. I would avoid a statement color, since it already makes a statement.

        Cheers Cam.

    • Adam L.

      I almost never see guys wearing turtlenecks, but I love to wear them myself. I don’t know why they get so much hate. Love all 3 looks!

    • Willie JS

      Un estilo muy interesante !!! TSB team,

      Look No. 2 is excellent for someone that is usually on the go.
      Or someone like my self that spends a long time on the streets going from one meeting to another (const. manager) without the nuisance of an over coat.

      Big fan here, a follower for approximately a year and half now.
      Thanks in advance,

    • Juan


      Innovative using elegant and well-fitted pieces. Instant classic!

      Great job as always, keep it up!

    • http://undefined TimL

      Now this is more my style.
      Love every look Dan.

    • Esmetjie

      I Never saw something more scratchy than this ……..

      • Dan Trepanier

        A turtleneck should not be scratchy! Don’t buy a wool that irritates the skin, you will never wear it.

        • Miguel

          I actually just purchased a turtleneck for $40 from Zara, it feels great since it’s not made from wool like Dan said.

          • http://undefined TimL

            Wow, why pay so much.. you can get some nice thin ones from walmart or target for $6-10 anytime.

          • Juan

            But then it won’t breathe as well (or at all if it’s 100% polyester or acrylic); the point is buying QUALITY wool, as in cashmere, angora, mohair, or merino.

    • amusing

      Your website is just a bunch of rich kids playing dress-up.

      • Dan Trepanier

        hahah I’d be careful with your assumptions.

        Fake it till you make it player.

        Thanks for reading!

      • Westley Dimagiba

        lol best joke I read all day.

      • Adam L.

        I’m 15. I dress a lot like these guys. And I am the farthest away from rich of anyone I know. So, your comment is only partly true. And it’s not “dress up”, it’s called having style.

      • Sergio Arteaga

        As a good friend of mine has said: Calling people who didn’t grow up rich, rich; even if they aren’t isn’t an insult, it’s a compliment…just saying, so thanks for that!

        • Dan Trepanier

          Word. Thanks Sergio.

      • http://undefined khordkutta

        If you dont have haters, youre doin somethin wrong. Keep it poppin TSB Team.

        • Dan Trepanier


    • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

      You seem to never go wrong Dan and your team seems to stay parallel as well. Great post, all 3 looks have sparked my interest and I believe you’ve done this look in the past but these looks are more elaborate and go more in depth which makes it one of my more favorite posts. I believe Look 2 is my favorite look.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thanks Jeanscuffed!

    • Bobby P

      Very sharp looks

    • Wes

      Hey Dan, where is this thrift shop you are always referencing? I live in NY and would love to hit it up. Thanks man

      • Dan Trepanier

        That one was No Relation on 1st Ave in the east village. If you’re in the EV, check out Tokio 7 designer consignment – that’s my favorite store in NYC.

        • Miguel

          Dan, thanks for the store information, going to pass by on Saturday.

          All three looks are excellent, I’ve gotten many ideas from you guys on how to combined certain types of clothing, keep it up.

    • LouCaves

      I absolutely hated getting turtlenecks for Christmas when I was kid. As an adult they’ve been in my wardrobe for awhile now.

      Maybe I would’ve been viewed as cooler to the lil ladies back then. LOL!

      Thanks, TSB.

    • sincan

      sorry but the only thing I can think of when I see this is a dickey ;) but without the turtleneck the outfits would be smashing

    • Brady P

      The first time I saw a turtle neck under a button up was on TSB and it instantly stuck with me. It looks classic and fresh at the same time, very strong winter look and super warm. Great post Dan!

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thanks Brady. Hope all is well and you’re gearing up for a great Holiday!

    • Jakob

      First look is killer. I need those loafers.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Had them for years. Great investment.

    • Tim

      Do you think TSB will be a long term career?

      • Dan Trepanier

        TSB is a business that grows every day, and we’re working on some pretty major expansions in the new year. Ultimately, though, it’s a platform for my career as an influencer in menswear.

        Cheers Tim.

    • anon

      how many suits do you own? haha, you never seem to be wearing the same thing twice

      • Dan Trepanier

        too many.

        • SL

          Hey Dan, any tips for taking care of dress shirts? I seem to have an issue with mine wearing out fast. How many times do you wear them before washing?

          • Dan Trepanier

            Where are your shirt wearing out?

            I only wash my clothes when they are dirty (if my shirts smell, have a spill stain, or ring around the collar/cuffs). Otherwise I steam them and hang them.