The turtleneck is an often overlooked menswear staple. Stereotyped with hockey dads, old english professors, and iconic billionaire computer geniuses, this sweater frequently gets a bad rap.
Also referred to as the roll-neck, polo-neck, or skivvy, the turtleneck has been around for centuries. Originally popularized by athletes and naval officers for it’s durability and warmth, it was eventually embraced by artists, philosophers, and innovators.
When done right, a turtleneck can serve as a stylish and functional layer, and it doesn’t have to look stuffy or old-school. We’ve been wearing them at TSB for years, and we’re happy to see them making a “comeback” in mainstream fashion.
Here, I styled a thin charcoal number for three different occasions. I hope this inspires some of you to go out and brave the turtle!
1. Creative Business
If you work in a creative industry, like fashion, or writing, or fashion writing, a fitted turtleneck with a tailored suit is fair game.
It looks sharp, sophisticated and it’s a subtle way to stand out from the typical corporate “suits”.
As Dan has written hundreds of times, simplicity is key in menswear.
Less is more. Less is more confident.
A very classic color palette here – navy, grey and brown. Can’t go wrong.
The suede belt and shoes also help compliment a polished look.
- Aviator shades by Randolph Engineering
- Grey cashmere turtleneck by Uniqlo
- Navy ludlow suit by J. Crew
- Brown suede D-ring belt by Brooks Brothers
- Brown socks by Suitsupply
- Brown suede wingtips by JCrew
- Brown leather briefcase by Frank Clegg Leatherworks