The Timeless Turtleneck

February 13th, 2015

The turtleneck sweater (or “roll neck” for you Brits) is one of the most underrated basics in menswear today. It can be difficult to even find a simple one in a solid color.

Turtleneck-like garments have been worn for hundreds of years, dating at least to the 15th century. From the late 19th century on, they were commonly worn by menial workers, athletes, sailors and naval officers. Historically (and controversially) the turtleneck sweater has also acted as a substitute to the traditional and dominant shirt and tie look. In many ways it was seen the “anti-tie”, a simple and smart form of dress for those who rejected traditional formal wear.

As I was coming through the Style Guide the other day, I realized how often I use a solid colored turtleneck to complete a look. In my opinion, it’s an essential wardrobe item because it can be layered and used in so many ways.

If you’re a little apprehensive about trying one, start with one that is thin, fitted, neutral in color, and inexpensive like this one in navy blue.

Here are some ideas on layering it in with your F/W essentials.

1. With Denim Jacket & Topcoat

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2. With Patterned Shirt & Camel

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3. With Chunky Outer-Cardigan

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4. With Tailored Suit & Overcoat

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5. With Trim Cardigan & Topcoat

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5. With Oxford Shirt & Flannel Suit

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6. With Blazer & Jeans

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7. With Bomber and Flannel Trousers

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Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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