As you may have gathered from the title, this post is dedicated to a new addition to my wardrobe and a stylistic premiere: the turtleneck.
For a long time, I’ve been rather averse to turtlenecks, especially as a kid the thought of something permanently covering my neck made my skin tingle. As much as I hated hearing my mother insisting I need a scarf, I can now, as a wise old man (ahem…), admit that she was indeed quite right, which is now why I always carry a scarf with me when the weather starts to dip. It comes as a shock that I now consider the scarf a beautiful accessory and have been actively looking for a nice high quality scarf. However, this post isn’t about scarves but much rather about their close cousins—the turtleneck. My girlfriend has been vehemently in favour of me purchasing one, yet for some time I defiantly resisted. Truthfully, I can’t tell you why I resisted and I think that it took seeing Brian Sacawa, my favourite menswear blogger from He Spoke Style speaking so favourably of them and posting some great possibilities, for me to finally go to Uniqlo and splurge on a charcoal merino turtleneck.
Now I love Uniqlo. Some might see them as cheap, made in China garbage, comparing to the likes of Zara and H&M but I just love the quality of their garments and the overall aesthetic. When it comes to casual, everyday clothing, Uniqlo is definitely my go-to store, so naturally it was the first place I’d go when looking for a good turtleneck. I was honestly surprised at how much I like wearing a turtleneck and although it took some initial getting used to I know that I will implement it often in future outfits, especially when transcending the line between casual and formal. It’s just a fantastic alternative to a shirt and tie, adding a layer of panache and class to an outfit, achieved differently than one might find with more conventional combinations. To debut one of my blog’s first casual looks I paired the turtleneck with blue chinos and my grey, flannel Corneliani double-breasted jacket, as well as grey Uniqlo socks and chestnut Scarosso loafers, an obvious favourite of mine. A pop of colour was added by my new Von Amper pocket square, where the rich blue really adds some depth to the relative monotone colour palette.
Did my attempt at creating an alternative classy outfit succeed? Let me know what you think about this outfit in the comments below! I’m really looking forward to exploring the plethora of opportunities turtlenecks allow for and will most likely invest in a few more colours just to expand those options even more. Thanks for stopping by and I hope this post may have convinced you to go out and buy a turtleneck, even if it’s so you can avoid wearing a shirt and tie to that fancy dinner party or first date.
Love, light and style,