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Mens Fashion Basics: The Turtleneck

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With Christmas soon approaching, layering is the only option to keep warm in the occasional snow storm. Catwalks have seen the ‘outrageously oversized’ style being continuously recycled from season to season and winter isn’t about to break the habit. Designers from Antonio Azzuolo to retailers Ben Sherman, are embracing this style changer.

Mens Turtleneck Trend

The turtleneck offers a stylish layer for experimentation and whether you’re keeping your colours subtle, deep, bright or bold, it can become the perfect foundation or centre piece for your outfit. With its brother-design, the roll neck, making an appearance on catwalks as a more casual-fitting alternative, it’s the structured design, breaking the rules and avoiding winter-stereotype colours.

Making The Design Yours

The key to making this look work is to combine it with something bold. If you’re not ready to pack your summer clothing away for the winter, combine your coloured chinos with a neutral, ribbed turtleneck, for the ultimate contrast in colours and textures.  This fashion life-saver is perfect for layering under boldly printed knitwear, whether that be a Christmas print jumper, or a patterned cardigan. This season, we’re seeing a lot of print designs, reinforcing the recycling of summer’s pattern trends.

However, if you’re not feeling confident enough to experiment, bold doesn’t have to mean reindeers and snowmen. Avoiding the usual winter tones, this late bloomer embraces autumn ombre tones and eye-catching reds, avoiding black at any cost.

Two Tone Cashmere TurtleneckDockers Grey TurtleneckEtro Cashmere Turtleneck SweaterBurnt Orange Turtleneck

Add some character to your formal-wear, by replacing shirts with a multi-tone turtleneck under a structured black blazer to build and strengthen your frame. The smart-casual combination has taken a leap for mankind, with the new combination of sportswear and formal wear becoming the new ultimate collaboration. High-tops and anything that doesn’t have a collar are the first items to team with a double breast military blazer.  Subtly match your neck handkerchief, scarf or oversized holdall with the brightest colour from your mono-tone rollneck/turtleneck for an edgy, effortless style.

Muscle Enhancing Multi-Tones

Multi-tone turtle/roll necks are the ultimate body enhancer, without having to step foot inside the gym, as the use of block colouring draws attention to and away from particular problem areas, complimenting any figure. Block colouring on the sleeves separates upper and lower arms, drawing attention away from the torso, this particular design uses strikingly different colours cut sharply at the elbow to give the impression of a larger and more sculpted upper arms.

Peter Werth Navy TurtleneckBottega Veneta Wool Blend Turtleneck

Shoulder pads generally offer light padding and subtle broadening of the shoulders, in a tan colour, New Look offer the ultimate ‘easy-to-accessorize’ design, for those seeking an effortless, yet fashionable option. Tan shoulder-pads are always a safe, light and timeless option, forever trending within various designers. Teaming shoulder pads with turned up, slim-fit jeans, gives the impression of wide-set shoulders and a tall defining V-shape. Accessorized with an oversize tan holdall and brogue boots, helps to add height to this, fresh off the catwalk look, and make it an extremely, wearable outfit.

New Look Green TurtleneckTopman Tan Leather Barrel BagTopman Vintage Skinny JeansOliver Sweeney Brogue Boots

Retailers are offering a range of turtle/roll necks, from, ribbed, thick set materials for bold statements, to light, cashmere alternatives, worn with blazers, cardigans and the perfect statement to begin layering upon:

Z Zegna Green TurtleneckTed Baker Burgundy TurtleneckNew Look Stone TurtleneckEleven Paris Grey Rollneck

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  • John Butler

    I’m lovin’ some of these turtle necks/roll necks. Would have bought myself a couple but thinkin’ I might be gettin some for the comin season tide, so am waiting to see. @ 63 now & still into clothes and always wantin to look interestin, not fashionalbe but stylish in a laid back way. Well it’s hard to let go after bein a 60’s Mod, it just stays with ya, though now I’m lookin to look more Beat (beatnik) so am lookin for a black roll neck or dark brown to wear with jumbo cord trousers and brogue boots. I like the Dockers turtle in grey and the burgandy Ted Baker. Also the New Look stone one would go with my black Cromby coat, or one of my leather jackets.. All good stuff I’m diggin it, stay cool…..

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