Turtle neck sweaters, I love you

Sitting by the fire on a winter night wearing a well-tailored blazer and a soft merinos turtle neck: what else?  Phot Credit: @LucaMontini

Sitting by the fire on a winter night wearing a well-tailored blazer and a soft merinos turtle neck: what else?

Phot Credit: @LucaMontini

 

Judging from the sunny weather of these days one would be tempted to say that the cold season is almost over, or at least until the 15th of April, when winter will be coming once again - A/N: in 50 days the final season of Game of Thrones will finally air, and shame on you if you didn’t know :D

Jokes aside, most days are still cool enough to allow every gentleman to use one of my favorite winter garment: the turtle neck sweater.

In past years this fine type of knitwear hasn’t fared very well, often being relegated to the role of standard uniform for the arts/architecture/cinema guys, sporting the garment in color black, black and black again; sometimes, in its most colorful variations, it might also have been the go-to choice for the dreadful Xmas attire of your least favorite uncle John.

Not very fancy, eh? But be reassured, this is no more!

For once, fashion trends did something good and recently propelled turtle necks back into the Olympus of trendy winter garments.

Personally, I find that a turtle neck sweater has so many good uses and it should be a staple in every gent’s vestiaire: first and foremost, it can contribute to any casual look but I believe you can also wear a plain knitted turtle neck with a suit and would still look pretty sharp.

Check out this navy blue merinos-cashmere turtle neck that I was recently wearing with my pin-striped blue flannel suit: I love the feeling of wearing a suit and a cozy rolled neck at the same time.

Flannel striped suit + turtle neck + amazing watch = Happy Luca. MTM suit, private label prototype merinos turtle neck,  Czapek  “Place Vendôme” Tourbillon timepiece.  Photo Credit: @LucaMontini

Flannel striped suit + turtle neck + amazing watch = Happy Luca. MTM suit, private label prototype merinos turtle neck, Czapek “Place Vendôme” Tourbillon timepiece.

Photo Credit: @LucaMontini

I also like to match a turtle neck with a jacket and spare trousers, and sometimes use this outfit for an evening event (theater, for example) or a nice dinner: while recently visiting Venice I chose to pair an alpaca blazer by Ernesto, sporting bold checks in red, beige and white with a simple black merinos turtle neck and deep black cavalry twill trousers; I think the result was quite ok.

I chose one color from the jacket’s pattern and stuck to it in order to “soften” the contrasts.  Alpaca wool blazer by Ernesto, fine merinos turtle neck by  Paolo Pecora , pleated cotton twill trousers by  Nine In The Morning .  Photo credit: @LucaMontini

I chose one color from the jacket’s pattern and stuck to it in order to “soften” the contrasts.

Alpaca wool blazer by Ernesto, fine merinos turtle neck by Paolo Pecora, pleated cotton twill trousers by Nine In The Morning.

Photo credit: @LucaMontini

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My preferred knit qualities for turtle necks are the very fine and thin ones, 18 gauges and thinner, so that I can wear the garment directly on my skin… Actually, I really loved this look, here are a couple more pics.

Sitting comfortably for late night drinks,  Rolex  Submariner nicely accessorizing the outfit.  Photo credit: @LucaMontini

Sitting comfortably for late night drinks, Rolex Submariner nicely accessorizing the outfit.

Photo credit: @LucaMontini

Neat basic look, with a bold check jacket to spice things up. PS: I love the pleats in these chinos, too.  Photo credit: @LucaMontini

Neat basic look, with a bold check jacket to spice things up. PS: I love the pleats in these chinos, too.

Photo credit: @LucaMontini

Moving to more casual options, you can definitely use a medium/heavy knitted turtle neck as over layer for a cold day on the mountains, like this 12gg sprayed merinos from Filippo De Laurentiis:

Woolrich  military parka,  Filippo De Laurentiis  sprayed merinos sweater  Photo credit: @LucaMontini

Woolrich military parka, Filippo De Laurentiis sprayed merinos sweater

Photo credit: @LucaMontini

And the same sweater can also be your garment of choice for a mild day wandering the streets of a new city: in this case, always Venice “La Serenissima”, where we spent a cultural morning at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and were absolutely amazed by the art masterpieces hosted in the famed collector’s private venetian residence.

Filippo De Laurentiis  turtle neck,  Tintoria Mattei  denim shirt,  Dondup  stretch cotton chinos.  Photo credit: @LucaMontini

Filippo De Laurentiis turtle neck, Tintoria Mattei denim shirt, Dondup stretch cotton chinos.

Photo credit: @LucaMontini

You might have noticed that not only I was wearing a shirt underneath the turtle neck sweater, but it even had its collar turned up: this’s something of a “trend” that has been spreading in the last months and, after giving it a shot, I dare say that I approve it, even though finding it a bit showy.

Photo credit: @LucaMontini

Photo credit: @LucaMontini

What do you think of this shirt+turtle neck “thing” and how do you wear turtle neck sweaters? Let us know in the comments section below!