Deepen Your V-Neck Sweater

December 26th, 2013

The v-neck sweater has been a menswear staple for decades. The problem is, most of them today are cut too high at the neck. They strangle up high rather than creating a flattering line over the chest. They also don’t function well over a good shirt collar.

Next time you’re thinking of investing in a V, make it a slightly deeper one with room for your collar (and tie) to breathe. Note: this goes for sweaters only, I am not endorsing the deep V t-shirt.

Here’s three examples to get you thinking.

    1. Corporate Layer


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

    If you’re wearing the sweater over a shirt and tie, you’ll immediately notice a difference. No more worrying about the collar getting swallowed up or tugging the sweater down off your tie knot.

    The deeper V also shows the proportion of the tie, in this case a relatively slim wool knit.


    Ideally the “V” should hit at the sternum, right around the bottom of the pectorals.


    Remember those killer ankle boots from this lookShoePassion also sent me these badass goodyear welted woven leather oxfords:

    “More than two hundred operations are used to create each one of our high quality men’s shoes. During the painstaking production of our No. 360, the cobbler weaves six-millimetre leather strips together to form the distinctive upper. First, one layer of the upper is crafted from parallel strips; then the cobbler creates the other layer at right angles to the first, weaving the leather strips over then under each other. It is an elaborate process, but one, that lends this shoe its extraordinary character.

    The typical Oxford closed five-hole lacing and precise cut fit the shoe tightly onto the foot. Nevertheless, the woven calfskin leather offers breathability and high comfort in a snug footbed, meaning it is a stylish way to promote good foot health.”


    2. Business Casual


    Nothing ruins a tweed blazer and dark jeans combo like a sweater strangle.

    This sky blue wool number (available at selects Saks Fifth Avenue Locations) is just deep enough to create the right lift in the tie. That subtle bend brings a lot of life and dimension to the entire look, in my opinion.


    This vintage Ralph Lauren wool/alpaca jacket has at least a dozen colors in it including orange, green, blue, pink and purple.

    I usually try to accent one of those colors (the light blue in this case) and keep the rest of my look simple and neutral.


    Shout out to my friend Jim Buckley from Buckley Denim for these awesome new jeans. Made in American from 100% American woven selvedge denim.

    They’re a little longer than I’m used to, but the deep cuff & break is a perfect match for dress boots. Can’t wait to break these in!


    3. Evening Suit


    As you probably know, I love to wear suits (I believe a man looks his best when he’s well tailored). But that doesn’t mean I’m always dressed for business.

    A dark 2-piece is perfect for a late night out. Just forget about the tie; keep the collar open and don’t be afraid to show a little chest.


    There’s that power collar in action again. It can make a drastic difference in your look, just don’t squash it under one of those high-rise V-necks.

    This deep v-neck by Alexander McQueen is the perfect layer to make a suit look less ‘business’ and more ‘nightlife’.


    These black plain toe loafers were a great purchase. I’ve worn them with everything from jeans to tuxedos. They’re great for dancing too, if you’re the type to bust a move.



    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Articles of Style


    Photography by Alex Crawford 

    • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

      Jeans on business casual? My boss would go all “50 shades” of beat-down on me. First outfit is boss doe.

    • http://undefined Big fan

      Happy New Year to the entire team at TSB!

      Best of luck in the new year with all your projects planned and the ones not yet conceived. I can see great things happening for you because of the dedication and the continued hard work you have been showing. Keep inspiring us the readers as well as the other bloggers who also are being inspired by what you do. You are much appreciated.

    • Bruce

      Great looks, as always. #2 with the jeans is rock out…sharp, but with a slightly casual edge. Also, gotta say, the facial hair looks ideal on you. I’ve shown this post to some friends and they all agree that you’re rocking it. Both the men and the women both say it’s the best you’ve looked in any post on here.

    • Akil McLeod

      Look 2 is great that blazer is dope

      • Brent Kuz

        Look two is awesome. Maybe my favorite ever. Jeans are way more my style compared to some of the jeggingish jeans I have seen here. Awesome solid men’s style for any where

    • Daniel Moretz

      Great post. That blue fabric is awesome. Was it part of a recent Ariston line or something from a few years back? It seems like Ariston always discontinues the best fabric.


      • Dan Trepanier

        Hey Daniel. The blue hopsack suit was from the MAB x DT collection I did a couple years back.

        Ariston doesn’t discontinue their fabrics, they just make limited runs on all their styles to keep them exclusive.


        • Daniel

          Didn’t realize that but it does make more sense. I’ll head back up to MAB once the new Ariston books come in and see what’s available.


    • Samantha

      Whoa Dan, the length of that collar in Look 1 is getting a little into disco territory.

    • Steven Santander

      That’s a beautiful blazer in Look 2! Great job!

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thx Steven. I hope all is well!

    • BougieHippie

      Dan have I told you that your suits always fit superbly! Blue is great on you btw.

      • Alan

        Hmmmmmm I guess the answer to Dan’s “Can you please stop pasting your (pro-ana) blog link in our comment section?” is no then!

        A pity.

    • John B

      I’ve recently gotten (stolen from my dad that is) a burgundy deep v-neck and I figured I should just wear it like a normal v-neck.
      Good to see a similar post here!

      • Dan Trepanier

        Nice find.

    • http://undefined Jeff

      Dat shoe!

      Those woven oxfords are a thing of beauty!

    • Mark

      Great looks. I really like the tie with the business casual look…it is very unexpected, though brilliant coordination. The sweater with the evening look is pretty tricky, YOU may be able to pull it off…but most men will not be able to.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Practice makes perfect!

    • http://undefined khordkutta

      Skiddamn, that vintage RL Tweed is HELLA Dope!!!

    • http://ramblingsofawould-berenaissanceman.blogspot Joseph

      Those spectacle sunglasses are awesome.

    • ajb240

      There are few looks you gentlemen of leisure can’t pull off. My issue with deep v-necks is when the neck itself is a little broad/wide. I can’t get my mind around that.

      However, it looks like you’ve chosen sweaters which are relatively close/narrow at the neck and then drop down deep in the V. Would that be accurate?

      • Dan Trepanier

        Yea, I know what you’re saying. You want the neckline to be deep, not necessarily wide.


    • Edward Fitzgerald

      Brilliantly original post, I had never even thought about what a difference a deeper V would make, truth be told I never knew they existed. Also, those oxfords are fantastic.

    • Y.O.

      I have a similar pair of Black Woven shoes (cap toe). Is this woven style typically a summer shoe, or can they be worn year round?

      • Dan Trepanier

        In theory they’re a summer shoe (because they’re designed by breathe). But with a thicker sock you should have no problem. Only you can know for sure though.

    • TO

      I have stopped buying normal v-neck sweaters for this reason!! Lower Vs like the ones featured here are surprisingly hard to find in my experience- I actually haven’t found any for myself. But as this shows they are worth the search, very complimentary to a tailored look.

      Sometimes in lieu of finding a sweater with a deep v, I have purchased a thin cardigan, but they usually have fit issues around the waist despite a more flattering gorge line. A deep v sweater/sweater vest is the best of both worlds!
      Good post Dan!

    • Antonio

      Love the white shirt. I have a long neck and I can never find a shirt that seems to have a “high” collar. Your shirt collar seems to be higher and stand up straigther. Is this a particular style or design?


      • Shawn

        Antonio; I am not Dan and I certainly don’t want to steal his answer (just thought I’d help), but this particular shirt is from Angel Ramos, and is featured just a couple posts back in a article named “the power collar” or something along those lines. Hope this helps.

        • Antonio

          thank you!

        • Dan Trepanier

          Thank you Shawn!

      • TO

        Antonio, here’s the exact shirt and corresponding collar you were admiring:

        • Antonio

          thank you!

        • Dan Trepanier

          Thanks TO. Always got my back.

          • TO

            You’re welcome. I try man! Know you’d have mine.

            I am going to be reminding you in the upcoming days, I will be coming to LA for a couple nights in about a month from now!

    • Shawn

      Great looks once again Dan! I wish you and the TSB team a happy New Year and many successful projects (that I will follow closely) in 2014!

    • Jakob

      Great post. Those woven oxfords are too good. And that McQueen sweater ofc.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thx Jakob!