A turtleneck makes a statement, that's for sure. But that's no reason not to wear one. The sweaters got a bad rap in the past, because so many of our fathers' generation have abused the style with ill-fitting pullovers made from crap material. But when pulled off correctly, they make for a sharp style with a slight, retro '70s swagger. There's a quiet confidence to a turtleneck. You can't half-ass it. Texture is key. So is a simple, neutral color palette. Think of a fine gauge turtleneck as underwear to be layered under outerwear. And then opt for more rugged options, knit from thicker wool yarns in chunkier patterns, when you want to leave your scarf at home. Herewith, three safe styles to try.
A lightweight style that easily slips under a suit, sports coat or denim jacket.
Jersey turtleneck, $48 by Topman
A classic option that's sturdy enough to wear solo, but works under a leather jacket as well.
Cashmere turtleneck, $245 by J.Crew
A thicker knit that's ideal on its own, but looks sharp under a puffer vest too.
Jaquard roll neck, $240 by Gant Rugger
Known as a turtleneck here in the States and Canada, in the UK it's called a polo neck or roll-neck and in Australia, a skivvy.