Now I’m no expert in the world of menswear, but that doesn’t mean I don’t take plenty of inspiration from both the runways and street style. And of recent, one particular trend that seems to be making a comeback on both scenes is the turtleneck.
And while it may not be breaking style news, turtlenecks have made its rounds back to popularity, both as layers and outerwear.
I’m sure turtlenecks bring to mind scratchy necks and pipe smoke, I don’t blame you, but set aside those assumptions because they have undergone a serious reputation makeover. Honestly, they’re practically a cheat code for a modern but retro-inspired style (or when you simply don’t want to iron a shirt).
I love that turtlenecks are casual enough for a night out, but also dressy enough to get you through shirt and tie dress code. However, before you stick your neck in there, in here are a few things you should know.
Start With Plain and Dark Colours.
If you’re just starting out, the logical and safest route to go is black or navy. Sure, there are turtlenecks out there in bright green, red, and so on, but walk before you run. Once you’ve mastered these two basics, you can channel your inner beatnik swag and move on to different colours, and patterns.
Thin Turtlenecks for the W
Chunkier turtlenecks in knits and weaves can be very warm, but they also add unnecessary bulk to any look. Instead, go for a thinner turtleneck made with fabric like wool (or if you’re really fancy, cashmere) that hugs the body. You get 100% of the style, and zero the chunk.
You Don’t Have to Break Bank
Wearing a turtleneck doesn’t have to wreck your account. So if you’re on a budget, you can go with one from somewhere like Uniqlo, Zara, Massimo Dutti and even H&M. You’ll still be able to embrace the style, and if you like, you can then upgrade to something more luxurious (and, sure, pricier) like Nordstrom (depending on the brand) Ami, and Harry Rosen.
Side Note: A Turtleneck Under a Topcoat Is the Easiest Style Swerve of the Season