Well, autumn is here. All the T-shirts and T-shirts go into the closet to wait for the next season. What to replace them with? A turtleneck, or a sweater with a neckline, will help you not only create a trendy and stylish image, but also not to get cold. Not sure what to wear? We’ll tell you!
A turtleneck is a thin sweater with a neck. It has existed since the Middle Ages, but for a long time it belonged to the underwear. And only in the thirties of last century the turtleneck began to be worn as a separate closet item.
The first to wear it in public was a famous English writer Noel Coward, then the fashion was picked up by other men. At the first time wearing a turtleneck was considered a rebellion, as it stood out against the usual dress code of the 1930s: shirts with a tie and jackets. Writer and Esquire columnist John Behrendt called the turtleneck the boldest challenge to tradition in the history of men’s fashion.
Today, the turtleneck has long been considered a basic closet piece and is found in almost every man’s closet. If you don’t already have one, fall is a great time to try wearing this comfortable and warm sweater. In addition to comfort, it has other pluses. The high neck visually elongates the face and hides the second chin, if you have one. Turtleneck looks great in almost any way. And will be relevant everywhere, you can combine such a sweater with a huge number of things.
In front of you are the 5 best ways to style a turtleneck.
- Wear Separately
A turtleneck is good because it is a completely independent piece of clothing and you can wear it on its own. For really warm and cozy images, give preference to denser sweaters made of natural materials – cashmere, wool – with a knitted pattern. These look great with coarse boots, jeans, leather or denim jacket, or even with a bushcoat in a nautical theme. You’ll be warm in natural fabrics even in the most inclement weather. But if you know that later you’ll be indoors, where it can get hot – wear a thin shirt underneath, so the sweater can be removed.
- Under the shirt
This variation is reminiscent of the Playboys style from the seventies. Put a classic shirt in a contrasting color on a thin turtleneck sweater. It’s better if it’s not patterned, so you get a more relaxed look. Under a plain white shirt wear a turtleneck of black, navy blue, burgundy or deep green. And to dark shirts choose sweaters in creamy white colors. Go to the office or to a not too formal meeting in a turtleneck and a shirt with a classic collar, buttoned on all but two buttons.
To keep the look neat and not add extra pounds, make sure that the material of the shirt is thick enough and the sweater does not tear under it, and there are no unnecessary folds at the waist. To support the retro style, complete the image with wide pants in the style of the same 1970s, in which you tuck the top, and a gold chain. You can also wear a single-breasted or double-breasted jacket, a denim jacket or a laconic coat.
- For an event instead of a shirt
The dress code of solemn events has undergone some changes, and to appear at the evening in a fancy suit and turtleneck is no longer a mauvais ton, but a sign of good taste. If ties are not your thing, for a holiday or an evening ceremony you can afford to combine a thin sweater with a tuxedo or a suit-double. The secret of a perfect image in such a case is in textures. The turtleneck should not be bright and eye-catching. Take a black fine-knit one. The material of the suit can be anything, but dense – velvet, jacquard, brocade. Choose contrasting shades for the suit, do not be afraid to experiment with prints. It will be interesting to look monochrome pants, perhaps in the tone of a turtleneck and a bright jacket – bottle green, gold, with a print. Black total-bow is better to avoid, because in artificial light the whole outfit may seem dusty.
The model of pants is up to your taste, but classic straight pants always look winning. Take socks in the same shade as the pants, so that the image was neat and the legs seemed longer. Lacquered shoes, which can be with decorative elements, will be best combined with this image.
Pay attention, when you demonstrate a thin turtleneck, for example, wearing it with an unbuttoned jacket, then under it there should be neither a T-shirt, nor a tank top. All the seams will be visible and ruin the impression. If you don’t have anything seamless, it’s better to wear a sweater over your bare body. Or button up your jacket.
- For every day with a business suit
If your office dress code allows, wear a turtleneck instead of a shirt with your regular suit. However, it should be thin and not torn under the jacket. So go for a fine merino wool knit. Cashmere itself is quite dense, so a sweater made of it will stand out too much under the jacket. And the suit should be made of a dense material, that would keep its shape, of camel’s hair, for example. With dark turtlenecks look good single-breasted and double-breasted suits in brown, with light-colored – in blue.
- Under the cardigan
Layering is very warm and fashionable. So we suggest you to combine a turtleneck with a cardigan or a sweatshirt with a round or V-neck – such look best in a duet with a high neck sweater. Under the warm voluminous cardigan of large knitting feel free to take a thick turtleneck, and for lighter variants – only thin, so that its texture is not visible under the top layer. Choose the material and color of the cardigan or sweatshirt depending on the event. They do not necessarily have to match the color of the turtleneck, although this option is quite interesting, as well as contrasts. The outerwear in this case should be as dense as possible and perfectly hold a rigid shape, so that the lower layers underneath look neat.
Layering and seventies style are on trend now, but if you don’t like them, don’t blindly follow the trends. Don’t be afraid to experiment with clothes and try different combinations until you find the ones that can best accentuate your style.