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1 piece/5 Ways: Fine-Gauge Turtleneck Sweater

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For whatever reason, too many guys shy away from the turtleneck sweater.

A thin turtleneck in a dark neutral color – like this forest green – works with just about anything and can instantly make your look more mature and rakish.

Here I styled a fine-gage wool turtleneck from Uniqlo for 5 different occasions.

1. Evening Event or Work Cocktail Party

The sweater should be snug enough that it hugs your body and fits easily under a sharply tailored suit.

A turtleneck + suit is a simple, refined look that isn’t fussy and emits confidence.

Bonus Tip: Keep in mind that the turtleneck is probably best for those with a longer and thinner neck (that is not to say that others can’t pull it off).

Bonus Tip II: Earthy tones look great on just about any skin tone. I’m a huge fan of olive and brown with tan accents.

Bonus Tip III: A subtle accent color can be used in small doses to bring your look together. Yellowish tan in the tortoiseshell shades, light horn suit buttons, natural leather shoes.

Turtleneck by Uniqlo (M). Suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke (coming soon to MAB by Dan Trepanier…stay tuned). Shades by Matsuda Eyewear. Pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson. Monkstraps by Scarpe di Bianco. Socks by Paul Smith. Watch and brown alligator band by Montblanc.

2. Easy Weekender

Don’t be afraid to layer a chunky cardigan over a thinner sweater, whether it’s a turtleneck, crewneck, or even another finer-gage cardigan.

Mixing textured fabrics in saturated colors makes a simple everyday look more unique and memorable.

Turtleneck by Uniqlo (M). Chunky belted cardigan by Polo Ralph Lauren (M). Cords by levis (34, tapered). Suede chukkas by Church’s. Watch and band by Montblanc. 

3. Two-Minute Business Casual

Depending on your office, a turtleneck and tweed trousers can often pass as “business casual”. It’s cozier than a shirt and tie and makes for an outfit that is quick and easy to put together in the morning.

This winter has been freekishly mild. It’s January and there are days when my handmade Yokoo scarves are still keeping my heavy coats in the closet.

Turtleneck by Uniqlo (M). Trousers (part of this tweed suit) by Michael Andrews Bespoke. Socks by Polo Ralph Lauren. Loafers by Johnston & Murphy. Watch and brown alligator band by Montblanc. Scarf by Yokoo Scarves.

4. Family Get Together 

If you’re looking for an outfit that is not-too-dressy and not-too-casual, think blazer + jeans + sweater.

A pocket square doesn’t always have to pop in-your-face. Try something tonal and textured for a subtle, tasteful touch.

Turtleneck by Uniqlo (M). Corduroy jacket (part of suit) by MAB by Dan Trepanier (more soon). Jeans by APC (New Standard 32, tapered & cropped). Boots by Allen Edmonds (as featured here). Shades by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson

5. Just About Any Occasion

Pair it with a slim pair of chinos and a classic jacket for a look that will have you ready for just about anything that might come up.

I wore this look with the peacoat shopping and ended up buying a new dark denim jacket from the Levis store in Soho, so I figured we’d shoot it with this look as well (hence why the denim jacket looks 5 minutes old here – it’ll get softer and fit better with age and wear).

Think outside the box. There are dozens of different ways to wear a thin turtleneck. In fact, as I’m writting this I’m wearing it under a corduroy shirt with jeans.

Turtleneck by Uniqlo (M). Vinatage pecoat (38). Denim jacket by Levis (M). Chinos by Ralph Lauren Black Label (34). Socks by Lands End. Monkstraps by Scarpe di Bianco. Shades by Persol.  Watch and brown alligator band by Montblanc. Alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. 

 

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

SB

 

Looks 1-4 photographed by Alex Crawford. 

 

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24 Comments

  • Ambyr says:

    I’m typically ANTI turtleneck. But not gonna lie, you may have just shifted my thoughts. I like that you styled it with a define neckline in each piece (such as the lapels, high sweater collars and the scarf). This makes the neck not sooo elongated and the turtleneck actually polished off the whole look. Great work… again and again!

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

  • joemana says:

    Dan,

    What’s your tip on belt and shoes? I feel like it’s gotta match most of the time, unless your wearing sneakers.

  • Victor says:

    is that brown db suit for year around use? I know you mentioned that you will be selling it soon. Thanks

  • JUstChAD says:

    These looks have been my statement the entire season so far…
    Shopped in my dads closet and bingo!! fall wardrobe…
    oh and turtle necks with emblems on them not seen yet..
    Purchased some recfently and had my tailor sow some old school english patches on a couple of them neck , shoulder (worn with a vest) chest, back etc….enough said!!!

    F4L great style keep it up sir!!

  • Willin says:

    Dan-

    Great blog but I have to ask why it seems almost all of your pants are hemmed to “floodpant” height? It just looks like you’re screaming “Look at my shoes and sock!!!” It’s too try-hard.

    Anyway, keep up the good work but I just had to comment on that.

    • SB says:

      I have pants in all kinds of lengths, the hemline I chose depends on the fabric. Generally speaking the drape looks cleaner with hardly any break – which is my preference.

      Also, yes, it helps show off the shoes. Keep in mind this is a descriptive/instructional blog – socks are part of the outfit, and hiding them wouldn’t do much good. For this reason, for the close-up shots of the shoes the pants are often pulled up.

      As I always say: do you. If you like your pants longer, have your tailor hem them accordingly.

      Thanks for reading,
      Dan

  • Pete says:

    The good news: I’m dressing better. I’m more confident. And getting more compliments from the fairer sex than ever.

    The “bad” news: you get me to buy so many new things!!

    :)

    Thanks so much for this blog.

  • Dan says:

    The monkstraps are unbelieveably cool, seriously just how big is your closet to store all of these items? :)

  • Felix says:

    Hate to rain on your parada, Mr Trepanier. In shot 4, the sunglasses do not fit right on your face. They are uneven, and it, in all honesty, affects your look negatively. What should be well put together is ruined by badly fitting sunnies.

    • SB says:

      haha. My parada is ruined.

      Your right, they can probably use an adjustment.

      Bonus Tip: If you ever need an adjustment to your frames or sunglasses, many optic shops, like Lenscrafters, offer free service even if you didn’t buy them there. For example: if you have a problem with them slipping down the bridge of your nose, simply have the back end of the temples custom-bent around your ear to keep them in place.

      Thanks for reading Felix,
      DT

  • Every Man's Closet says:

    Love the two minute business casual!

  • TO says:

    Dope work. I’m def looking to pick up a fine-gage rollover (as Mr. Porter calls it) with the x-mas money that’s burning a hole in my pocket. Especially liked 2,3 &5.

  • chet says:

    could you tell us more about that leather bag?

  • Anonymous says:

    you look you put on some poundage

  • Anonymous says:

    SB,
    Do you think adding accessories like a gold chain on a turtleneck is a little much or do you think it works, because I feel like RUN DMC everytime I bust the combination out.

    • SB says:

      Haha. That’s an old school gangster move.

      Not for novices. For 99% of guys it will look try-hard and a little corny.

      If you have overflowing swagger, it can be done.

      The kind of confidence that you don’t care what anybody thinks anyway.

      Thanks for reading,
      DT

  • Desmond says:

    Great post as always. One question, in the last pic, what model was that Levis jacket? I’ve been looking for a slim denim jacket for a while but I don’t live near a Levis.

  • cam says:

    really nice looks here dan. i like the olive color idea as well. i did want to ask you your thoughts on tucking in a sweater. obviously, you are for it as am i, however i get a lot of grief from others when i do so. keep up the great work! excited to see the new line.

  • loveandhatela says:

    Awesome looks and pics.
    There’s like a million blogs about fashion for Women but very few for Men.
    LOVE your blog, sincerely appreciate your hard work.

  • Michael says:

    Dan,

    I came across your site last night while looking how to improve my own personal style. I read your entire blog from beginning to end. You’ve got great looks and you give excellent advice. Best style blog out there and congratulations you’re line of clothing !!!

    I have a question for you Dan and I would love to hear back from you if you can. I have some suits from a company called Harry Rosen here in Canada. They’re made to measure and while the fit, colors and patterns of my suits are what I like. The suits have 3 buttons instead of the more popular 2 and 1 buttons. Do I get rid if them?

    • Jules says:

      Don’t get rid of them.

      If you want just button the middle button, it looks fine.

      If you’re willing to put a little money into them take them to a tailor and have them press the jackets to a 3/2 roll (Basically just re-rolls the lapels down to the middle button) – if anything that’s more stylish than 2 buttons alone.

      Hope this helps