1 Piece/3 Eays: The Fitted Turtleneck

January 7th, 2012

For whatever reason, so many guys shy away from the turtleneck sweater.

A thin, fitted turtleneck in a dark neutral color – like this forest green – works with just about anything and can instantly make your look more mature and regal.

Here’s three ideas to get you thinking.

    1. Sharply Suited

    The sweater should be snug enough that it hugs your body and fits easily under a sharply tailored suit.

    A turtleneck + suit is a simple, refined look that isn’t fussy and emits confidence.


    Bonus Tip: Keep in mind that the turtleneck is probably best for those with a longer and thinner neck (that is not to say that others can’t pull it off).

    Bonus Tip II: Earthy tones look great on just about any skin tone. I’m a huge fan of olive and brown with tan accents.

    Bonus Tip III: A subtle accent color can be used in small doses to bring your look together. Yellowish tan in the tortoiseshell shades, light horn suit buttons, natural leather shoes.

    • Brown turtleneck sweater by Ralph Lauren
    • Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear
    • Tan leather monkstraps by Scarpe di Bianco
    • Brown hopsack double breasted suit jacket
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Striped socks by Paul Smith
    • Plaid linen pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson
    • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc

    2. Quick Pop-Over


    Depending on your office, a turtleneck and tweed trousers can often pass as “business casual”. It’s cozier than a shirt and tie and makes for an outfit that is quick and easy to put together in the morning.


    This winter has been freekishly mild. It’s January and there are days when my handmade Yokoo scarves are still keeping my heavy coats in the closet.

    • Brown turtleneck sweater by Ralph Lauren
    • Fair Isle wool socks by Polo Ralph Lauren
    • Oatmeal hand-knit scarf by Yokoo Scarves
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Burgundy tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy
    • Brown donegal tweed suit trousers
    • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc

    3. Base Layer


    Pair it with a slim pair of chinos and a classic jacket for a look that will have you ready for just about anything that might come up.

    Think outside the box. There are dozens of different ways to wear a thin turtleneck. In fact, as I’m writting this I’m wearing it under a corduroy shirt with jeans.

    • Khaki cotton chinos by Polo Ralph Lauren Black Label
    • Brown turtleneck sweater by Ralph Lauren
    • Indigo denim jacket by Levis
    • Brown leather duffle by Frank Clegg Leatherworks
    • Navy peacoat Vintage naval issue
    • Tortoise shades by Persol
    • Wool melange socks by Lands End
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Leather/suede double monkstrap shoes by Scarpe di Bianco
    • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc
    • Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label

    Thanks for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford.

    • Domen

      This looks fantastic! A bit 70’s!

    • Will

      Look Number 1 with Look Number 5 Shoes would be sublime.

    • Eric

      Mind-boggling. very talented. With that one brown outfit it looks like you could be a expert with falconry in south Dakota in 3996!

    • Truebloodv

      Eabri or BAVNE,anyone heard of it?

    • ericv963

      Really like the first suit and the double monk! colors fit just fine..

    • Dani

      Look 1 – J’adore head to toe! Turtle neck and a propper suit never looked so goooood :)


    • JC

      Hey SB, This is one of my favorite posts you’ve done so far! I would just like to know; which Yokoo scarf are you wearing in look 3? It looks like the Ex-Boyfriend but the website makes it hard to tell and I want to be sure before buying one.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Yup. The ex-boyfriend, in Oatmeal.

        Thx JC

    • Andrew

      Quick question:

      I own the same UniQlo turtlneck. Its 30% wool and kinda itchy. Is there anyway to deal with that? Do you wear an undershirt with it? Will is start to get less itchy the more I wear it?


    • Ambyr

      I’m typically ANTI turtleneck. But not gonna lie, you may have just shifted my thoughts. I like that you styled it with a define neckline in each piece (such as the lapels, high sweater collars and the scarf). This makes the neck not sooo elongated and the turtleneck actually polished off the whole look. Great work… again and again!


    • joemana


      What’s your tip on belt and shoes? I feel like it’s gotta match most of the time, unless your wearing sneakers.

    • Victor

      is that brown db suit for year around use? I know you mentioned that you will be selling it soon. Thanks

    • JUstChAD

      These looks have been my statement the entire season so far…
      Shopped in my dads closet and bingo!! fall wardrobe…
      oh and turtle necks with emblems on them not seen yet..
      Purchased some recfently and had my tailor sow some old school english patches on a couple of them neck , shoulder (worn with a vest) chest, back etc….enough said!!!

      F4L great style keep it up sir!!

    • Willin


      Great blog but I have to ask why it seems almost all of your pants are hemmed to “floodpant” height? It just looks like you’re screaming “Look at my shoes and sock!!!” It’s too try-hard.

      Anyway, keep up the good work but I just had to comment on that.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        I have pants in all kinds of lengths, the hemline I chose depends on the fabric. Generally speaking the drape looks cleaner with hardly any break – which is my preference.

        Also, yes, it helps show off the shoes. Keep in mind this is a descriptive/instructional blog – socks are part of the outfit, and hiding them wouldn’t do much good. For this reason, for the close-up shots of the shoes the pants are often pulled up.

        As I always say: do you. If you like your pants longer, have your tailor hem them accordingly.

        Thanks for reading,

    • Pete

      The good news: I’m dressing better. I’m more confident. And getting more compliments from the fairer sex than ever.

      The “bad” news: you get me to buy so many new things!!


      Thanks so much for this blog.

    • Dan

      The monkstraps are unbelieveably cool, seriously just how big is your closet to store all of these items? :)

    • Felix

      Hate to rain on your parada, Mr Trepanier. In shot 4, the sunglasses do not fit right on your face. They are uneven, and it, in all honesty, affects your look negatively. What should be well put together is ruined by badly fitting sunnies.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        haha. My parada is ruined.

        Your right, they can probably use an adjustment.

        Bonus Tip: If you ever need an adjustment to your frames or sunglasses, many optic shops, like Lenscrafters, offer free service even if you didn’t buy them there. For example: if you have a problem with them slipping down the bridge of your nose, simply have the back end of the temples custom-bent around your ear to keep them in place.

        Thanks for reading Felix,

    • Every Man’s Closet

      Love the two minute business casual!

    • TO

      Dope work. I’m def looking to pick up a fine-gage rollover (as Mr. Porter calls it) with the x-mas money that’s burning a hole in my pocket. Especially liked 2,3 &5.

    • chet

      could you tell us more about that leather bag?

    • Anonymous

      you look you put on some poundage

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Nah. 185 Steady.

        Thanks for reading,

      • Ny

        My man can lose weight but you’ll forever be a goon, Anon.

    • Anonymous

      Do you think adding accessories like a gold chain on a turtleneck is a little much or do you think it works, because I feel like RUN DMC everytime I bust the combination out.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Haha. That’s an old school gangster move.

        Not for novices. For 99% of guys it will look try-hard and a little corny.

        If you have overflowing swagger, it can be done.

        The kind of confidence that you don’t care what anybody thinks anyway.

        Thanks for reading,

    • Desmond

      Great post as always. One question, in the last pic, what model was that Levis jacket? I’ve been looking for a slim denim jacket for a while but I don’t live near a Levis.

    • cam

      really nice looks here dan. i like the olive color idea as well. i did want to ask you your thoughts on tucking in a sweater. obviously, you are for it as am i, however i get a lot of grief from others when i do so. keep up the great work! excited to see the new line.

    • loveandhatela

      Awesome looks and pics.
      There’s like a million blogs about fashion for Women but very few for Men.
      LOVE your blog, sincerely appreciate your hard work.

    • Michael


      I came across your site last night while looking how to improve my own personal style. I read your entire blog from beginning to end. You’ve got great looks and you give excellent advice. Best style blog out there and congratulations you’re line of clothing !!!

      I have a question for you Dan and I would love to hear back from you if you can. I have some suits from a company called Harry Rosen here in Canada. They’re made to measure and while the fit, colors and patterns of my suits are what I like. The suits have 3 buttons instead of the more popular 2 and 1 buttons. Do I get rid if them?

      • Jules

        Don’t get rid of them.

        If you want just button the middle button, it looks fine.

        If you’re willing to put a little money into them take them to a tailor and have them press the jackets to a 3/2 roll (Basically just re-rolls the lapels down to the middle button) – if anything that’s more stylish than 2 buttons alone.

        Hope this helps

        • Michael


          Thank you for the advice. Really appreciate it.