The turtleneck sweater, also known as the polo or roll neck, is one of the greatest sartorial inventions of all time. I would argue that anyone, man or women, young or old looks great in a turtleneck. The turtleneck is timeless and modern at once. Wear it alone for a strong minimalist feeling or pile on multiple necklaces or a single statement necklace for impact. The turtleneck works perfectly under any jacket or coat style and is compatible with all collars. It’s refined, casual and comfy and it’s here to stay.
Now that it’s fall and slowly but surely the weather is cooling down, I suggest you assess your own turtleneck situation. A fine gauge black turtleneck is an essential; I also recommend a heavier weight black turtle. Next consider colors. What colors are you leaning towards this season? Red, as previously posted, is big this fall. Do you have a rich red cashmere sweater? Let’s consider bottoms now. Do you have either a complimentary or matching turtle for the bottoms you have in heavy rotation. Why not incorporate the monochromatic dressing trend of the season and find a turtle to match the pant?
Next up fit. Here again the turtleneck is completely accommodating. Whatever your personal preference is you can find the right turtle. A poor-boy rib, which is a narrow very elastic rib, will be close to the body. A fine gauge with a small fit will also be form fitting. Both look great tucked into a skirt or easy pant. If an easier fit is desired, look for something with a rib trim at the bottom that creates a blouson effect.
Material is important. I prefer cashmere; it feels great on and will not irritate your neck. This is a complaint I often hear as a designer, my answer is you haven’t lived until you fully appreciate the comfort and security of a cashmere turtleneck. I also hear they’re too hot; to which I would answer open a window. The turtleneck is such an important styling tool you simply must overcome any preconceived notions you may have and get on board. Here, my suggestions to get you started; with some hunting you should be able to find your perfect turtlenecks. One last point, with turtlenecks and cashmere in general, you get what you pay for. A beautifully made Italian or Scottish cashmere sweater will continue to look good for many years to come.