Well, here comes autumn. All the T-shirts and tank tops are going back into the closet, waiting for the next season. What can you replace them with? A turtleneck or a turtleneck sweater will not only help you create a trendy and stylish look but also keep you warm. Not sure what to pair them with? We’ll give you some ideas!
A turtleneck is a thin sweater with a neck. It has existed since the Middle Ages, but for a long time belonged to the underwear. And only in the thirties of the last century turtleneck began to be worn as a separate item of closet.
The first dressed in it in public famous English writer Noel Coward, then the fashion picked up other men. At first, wearing a turtleneck was considered rebellion, as it stood out against the usual dress code of the 1930s: shirts with a tie and jackets. Esquire writer and 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 closet staple 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 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 there is one. Turtleneck looks great in almost any image. And will be appropriate everywhere, combine such a sweater can be combined with a huge number of things.
In front of you 5 of the best ways to stylize a turtleneck.
1. Wear separately
The turtleneck is good in that it is a completely independent piece of clothing and can be worn 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 rough boots, jeans, leather or denim jacket, or even with a sea-themed jacket. You’ll be warm in natural fabrics even in the most inclement weather. But if you know you’re going to be indoors when it gets hot, wear a thin shirt underneath so you can take the sweater off.
2. Under the shirt
This option is reminiscent of the playboy style from the seventies. Over a thin turtleneck, throw on a classic shirt in a contrasting shade. It is better if it will be without a pattern, so you get a more relaxed image. Under the usual white shirt wear a turtleneck black, dark blue, burgundy or deep green color. And for dark shirts, choose sweaters in creamy white. Go to the office or to a not too formal meeting in a turtleneck and a shirt with a classic collar, buttoned up all but two buttons.
To keep the look neat and not add extra pounds, make sure that the material of the shirt is tight enough and the sweater does not bunch up underneath, and that there are no unnecessary creases at the waist. To support the retro style, complete the look with wide pants in the style of the same 1970s, in which you tuck the top, and a gold chain. Top it off with a single-breasted or double-breasted jacket, a denim jacket or a laconic coat.
3. For an event instead of a shirt
The dress code of festive events has undergone some changes, and to appear at the evening in a chic suit and turtleneck — no longer a mauvais, and a sign of good taste. If ties are not your thing, then for a holiday or evening ceremony you can afford to combine a thin sweater with a tuxedo or a double suit. The secret to the perfect look in such a case is textures. The turtleneck should not be bright and eye-catching. Take a black one with a fine knit. The material of the suit can be any, but dense — velvet, jacquard, brocade. Choose contrasting shades for the suit, do not be afraid of experiments with prints. Interesting will look monochrome pants, perhaps in the tone of the turtleneck and a bright jacket — bottle green, golden, with a print. A black total-bow is best avoided, as the whole outfit may look dusty in artificial light.
The model of pants is up to your taste, but classic straight ones always look winning. Get socks in the same shade as the pants to keep the look neat and make your legs look longer. With this image will be best combined with patent shoes that can be with decorative elements.
Pay attention, when you show a thin turtleneck, for example, wearing it with an unbuttoned jacket, then under it there should be no T-shirt or 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. Alternatively, button up your jacket.
4. For every day with a business suit
If the dress code in your office allows it, wear a turtleneck instead of a shirt with your regular suit. However, it should be thin and not clumpy under your jacket. Therefore, go for a fine knit merino wool one. Cashmere itself is quite dense, so a sweater made of it under a jacket will stand out too much. Choose a suit made of dense material that holds its shape well, camel wool, for example. With dark turtlenecks look good single-breasted and double-breasted suits in brown, with light-colored — in blue.
5. Under a cardigan
Layering is very warm and fashionable. So we suggest you combine a turtleneck with a cardigan or sweatshirt with a round or V-neck — these look best in a duo with a high neck sweater. Under a warm voluminous cardigan of large knitting boldly take a dense turtleneck, and under lighter versions — only thin, so that its texture is not visible under the top layer. Material and color cardigan or sweatshirt pick up 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 tight as possible and perfectly hold a stiff shape, so that the under layers underneath look neat.
Layering and seventies style are on trend right now, but if you’re not into them, don’t blindly follow the trends. Don’t be afraid to experiment with clothes and try different combinations until you find the one that can best emphasize your style.
Tell us, what do you wear most often in fall?