Despite how trendy they are, turtlenecks can be intimidating for many men. Traditional versions of these high neck pieces may have been seen as uptight, but contemporary turtlenecks are flattering and sophisticated yet totally versatile. They can be worn for a surprising number of occasions, whether they be formal or completely laid-back.
This year is the time in which the turtleneck is a champion trend. If you want to give it a go but aren’t sure how to style this piece, keep reading our guide on how to wear turtlenecks for men.
Suited & Booted
One of the easiest ways of wearing a turtle neck is to pair it with a suit. Doing so exudes class and sophistication while still maintaining that masculine effect you get with a fitted suit.
Go for a matching trouser and blazer combo, choosing a slim fit that shows off the results of your latest workout. Replacing a traditional shirt with a turtleneck will have you standing out from the crowd without breaking the formal dress code.
When it comes to shoes, make sure you go smart and keep them looking sleek with polish. Match the colour of your turtleneck with your shoes to piece the outfit together with matching elements.
If you’re feeling extra fancy, add a pair of embellished cufflinks for instant flair.
Rob’s top tip: Avoid pairing a black turtleneck with a suit of the same shade, otherwise you may end up looking like you’re going to a funeral. If you are keen on wearing a black suit, choose a grey or navy turtleneck instead.
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Smart Casual Vibes
Whether you’ve got a date planned or meeting up with your colleagues, some occasions call for a blend of casual and business fashion. A turtleneck is perfect for this as it can easily be styled to suit the majority of events.
Going for an all-black outfit may not be a great idea when wearing a suit, it looks stylish and sophisticated when styled in a more laid-back way. For an effortlessly trendy outfit, tuck a fitted turtleneck into some slim black jeans. Turn them up slightly when you’ve put your Chelsea boots on to show off your footwear and keep the bottoms fitted.
They coat is critical when it comes to this look, helping to achieve the perfect balance of smart and casual. Woollen peacoats are the top choice for this, but choose navy or grey to lighten up the completed look.
Rob’s top tip: Mix it up a bit by adding a simple brown belt. It may be tempting to go for black here, but this will just cause the accessory to blend into the background. You’d be surprised at how adding such a small element can really improve the entire outfit and make you look incredibly dapper.
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You may think it’s impossible to wear a turtleneck for a casual occasion, but you should think again. It’s an essential piece that can be worn for many different events, including heading to a beer garden.
Layering is crucial for this, which is why a bomber shirt is perfect. As the name suggests, these jackets are – obviously – part bomber and part shirt, resulting in a lightweight piece that’s perfect as the weather warms up. When worn over a turtleneck, it makes the perfect transitional outfit when moving from winter to spring.
Slim fit jeans complement most people as they follow your silhouette but aren’t uncomfortably skin-tight. Use a belt to add some extra pizazz to the look before chucking on your favourite pair of trainers to tone down the look for a more casual feel.
Rob’s top tip: If you aren’t the type of person who likes fitted clothes, look for a loose fit turtleneck. If you can’t find one that specifies the fit, you can go up a size and roll up the sleeves for a slouchy, casual look.
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Outfit Four- Athleisure
Turtlenecks are sometimes thought to be stuffy or serious, but this is actually far from the truth. Whether you’re jetting off and need a comfy outfit for the plane or just chilling with your friends, a turtleneck is a surprisingly understated piece if you style it the right way.
Cuffed joggers are very flattering, giving you that casual athleisure vibe without drowning your physique. You may not think a turtleneck suits them, but the fitted nature of both pieces make them perfect for each other.
Add a watch, roll up your sleeves and sling a backpack over your shoulders for a practical yet stylish outfit. Finish it off with a contemporary baseball cap and mesh trainers for a laidback look that’s guaranteed to impress.
If the weather is on the colder side, pair the look with a sporty padded jacket. It’ll keep you warm while looking cool.
Rob’s top tip: Here at RG, we love padded jackets and think they are a wardrobe essential, but we understand they aren’t to everyone’s taste. While it’s good to experiment with new styles, stick with a traditional bomber jacket or track top should you prefer these styles.
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Turtlenecks are one of our favourite trends this year, so we hope you feel confident showcasing yours. Looking for more advice on trends? Rob has you covered. Check out our other blog posts and our latest collections for all our fashion favourites.