Turtlenecks: The Surprisingly Sexy Fall Staple
BY: DYLAN MARTIN
DATE: October 17, 2016
The turtleneck has bucked conservative connotations to reclaim its rightful place as a men’s essential with sex appeal.
This isn’t your uncle’s non-ironic holiday sweater. Today’s fine-gauge versions boast slimmed-down fits to ensure finesse. After all, the turtleneck’s sartorial value lies in much more than its insulating qualities. The high folded collar also flatteringly frames your jawline: working to accentuate the face and elongate your frame.
This season, top design houses have drawn inspiration from the smartly styled knitwear of the 1960s to project a slick statement. These mod adaptations of the turtleneck channel the swinging decade’s devil-may-care attitude. Many of the collections stylishly reference old-school film stars, like Steve McQueen, who famously wore turtlenecks to convey a sense of louche masculinity.
Beyond its cool factor, the fall staple promises to make you look even smarter due to its intellectual credentials. That extra few inches of fabric swaddling the neck has long been associated with thoughtful gentlemen: historically adopted by Beatnik poets and Ivy League academics. The simplicity of the style ultimately appeals to discerning minimalists with a preference for unfussy underpinnings.
The extremely adaptable turtleneck will transition across your office and after-hours wardrobe. Take a cue from TOM FORD’s latest runway show and layer them under sport jackets as an elegant alternative to the shirt-and-tie. Or wear yours with wool topcoats as a streamlined substitute for bulky scarves. For a more rebellious option, the turtleneck also feels at home paired with leather bombers and Chelsea boots (eliminating all apprehensions about looking like an aging professor).
The turtleneck can be worn virtually anywhere at any time thanks to its classic yet casual attitude.