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002 - the turtleneck

Updated: May 13, 2020

What do Andy Warhol, Sean Connery, Steve Jobs, Future, & The 'Hoff have in common?

They all know how to harness the power of the turtleneck.

Turtleneck by Balenciaga, jacket by Luciano Barbara

Not Just for Grandpas!

The oft-ignored turtleneck is one of the most timeless and versatile pieces in your wardrobe - from a winter ski weekend to a summer wine tasting, it's the sweater for the job. Try layering with a formal or casual jacket for a comfortable yet sharp all-day look that transitions smoothly from the office to client dinners and beyond.


It's all about contrast here - think about creating interesting combinations with the rest of your outfit. Try black or grey with a dark blue blazer, white with a brown leather jacket, or neon/pastel tones for a pop of brightness. Playing with similar shades can also work really nicely for a unique take on seasonal tones (see left).


If you're buying your first turtleneck, opt for something light-to-medium weight (think merino wool or lightweight cashmere) to maximize seasonal versatility - heavy cable-knit turtlenecks (a la Drake) are super cozy in colder months but will look out of place come May.

Neck Height

Personally I'm a big fan of the classic high rollneck - very 90s Pierce Brosnan, with the added benefit of accentuating your jawline. Opt for a lower neck for a classic 80s vibe, or something in the middle for an all-season winner at any price point. UNIQLO often has great versions on sale for under 20 bucks - can't beat that.

Todd Snyder x Champion - $79 (on sale) Nautica - $88

Woolrich - $139 (on sale) Casablanca - $168 (on sale)

NNO7 - $160 Sunspel - $161 (on sale)

Todd Snyder - $164 RAEY - $254

Balenciaga - $700 (on sale) Amiri - $1,680

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