Well, autumn has come. All T-shirts and T-shirts go to the closet to await the next season. How to replace them? A turtleneck, or a sweater with a throat, will help you not only create a trendy and stylish look, but also not freeze. Don’t know what to wear with? We will help you!
A turtleneck is a thin sweater with a neckline. It has existed since the Middle Ages, but for a long time it belonged to underwear. And only in the thirties of the last century, the turtleneck began to be worn as a separate wardrobe item.
The first to put on it in public was the famous English writer Noel Coward, then other men took up the fashion. At first, wearing a turtleneck was considered rebellious, as it stood out against the background of the usual dress code of the 1930s: shirts with a tie and jackets. Esquire writer and columnist John Behrendt called the turtleneck the most daring challenge to tradition in the history of men’s fashion.
Today, a turtleneck has long been considered a basic piece of wardrobe and is found in almost every man’s closet. If you don’t have one yet, fall is a great time to try wearing this comfy and warm sweater. In addition to comfort, it has other advantages. The high neckline visually stretches the face and hides the second chin, if any. The turtleneck looks great in almost any outfit. And it will be appropriate everywhere, you can combine such a sweater with a huge number of things.
Here are 5 of the best ways to style a turtleneck.
1. Wear separately
The good thing about a turtleneck is that it is an absolutely independent piece of clothing and you can wear it by itself. For a truly warm and cozy look, give preference to thicker sweaters made from natural materials – cashmere, wool – with a knitted pattern. These look great with rough boots, jeans, a leather or denim jacket, or even a nautical-themed pea coat. In natural fabrics you will be warm even in the most inclement weather. But if you know that later you will find yourself in a room where it can get hot, put on a thin shirt under the bottom so that you can take off the sweater.
2. Underneath the shirt
This variation resembles the playboy style of the seventies. Throw on a classic shirt in a contrasting shade over a thin turtleneck. It is better if it is without a pattern, so you get a calmer image. Under a regular white shirt, wear a turtleneck in black, navy blue, burgundy or deep green. And for dark shirts, choose sweaters in creamy white tones. Go to the office or for a not too formal meeting in a turtleneck and a shirt with a classic collar, buttoned up with all but two buttons.
To make the image look neat and not add extra pounds, make sure that the material of the shirt is dense enough and the sweater does not puff up under it, there are no extra folds at the waist. For a retro look, complement the look with 1970s-style wide leg pants tucked in the top and a gold chain. On top you can wear a jacket, single-breasted or double-breasted, a denim jacket or a laconic coat.
3. To the event instead of a shirt
The dress code of special events has undergone some changes, and to appear at an evening in a chic suit and turtleneck is no longer bad manners, but a sign of good taste. If ties are not yours, then for a holiday or evening ceremony you can afford to combine a thin sweater with a tuxedo or two-piece suit. The secret of the perfect look in this case is in textures. A turtleneck should not be bright and eye-catching. Take a black fine knit. Suit material can be any, but dense – velvet, jacquard, brocade. Choose contrasting shades for your suit, don’t be afraid to experiment with prints. Monophonic trousers will look interesting, possibly matching a turtleneck, and a bright jacket – bottle green, golden, with a print. A black total look is best avoided, as the entire outfit can appear dusty in artificial light.
The model of trousers is for your taste, but classic straight lines always look advantageous. Take socks in the same shade as the trousers, so that the image is neat and the legs seem longer. In this way, patent shoes will be best combined, which can be with decorative elements.
Pay attention, when you show a thin turtleneck, for example, putting it on with an unbuttoned jacket, then there should be no T-shirt or T-shirt under it. All seams will be visible and spoil the impression. If you don’t have anything seamless, it’s best to wear a sweater over your naked body. Or button up your jacket.
4. Every day with a business suit
If the dress code in your office allows, wear a turtleneck instead of a shirt with your regular suit. However, it should be thin and not bulge under the jacket. Therefore, take a fine knit from merino wool. Cashmere itself is quite dense, so the sweater from it under the jacket will stand out too much. Choose a suit from a dense material that keeps its shape well, from camel hair, for example. Single-breasted and double-breasted suits in brown look good with dark turtlenecks, with light ones in blue.
5. Under the cardigan
Layering is very warm and fashionable. Therefore, we suggest that you combine a turtleneck with a cardigan or sweatshirt with a round or V-neck – these look best in a duet with a high neck sweater. Under a warm, voluminous cardigan with a large knit, feel free to take a tight turtleneck, and under lighter options – only a thin one 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 have to match the color of the turtleneck, although this option is quite interesting, as are the contrasts. In this case, outerwear should be as dense as possible and ideally keep a rigid shape so that the lower layers under it look neat.
The layering and style of the seventies is trending right now, but if you don’t like them, you shouldn’t blindly follow the trends. Feel free to experiment with clothes and try different combinations until you find the ones that best complement your style.