DA MAN Know How: Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks are warm, cozy and versatile. But if you’ve never worn one before, styling one might seem intimidating. Luckily, with a few tips and a little experimenting, you can use turtlenecks to elevate almost any outfit.

PHOTOGRAPHY Tony Narotama / STYLING Peter Zewet / STYLING ASSISTANT Jerdi Anarchi / STYLING Intern Salsabila Asy-Syifa, Fitria Ayunisa / GROOMING Arimbi / MODELS: Max Krueger / F-Models International, Arthur Carvalho da Silva / Emodel the agency, Lucho Moroz / Gustav models / Location The Parama Creative Space

DO’s:

GO NEUTRAL
Stick with more neutral colors when you’re just starting out.

THIN TACTIC
Chunky turtlenecks in intricate knits and weaves can add unnecessary bulk to a winter look. Instead, grab one in a thinner fabric like merino wool or cashmere that hugs the body.

MATCH THE OCCASION
Thinner knit turtlenecks work for formal looks, while chunkier knits are good for casual outfits.

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Missoni

If you’re not yet on board the turtleneck train, the time is now. The classic sweater is the epitome of great cold-weather style. It’s comfy, it’s warm and it makes every outfit look like you tried a little harder than you actually may have.

DON’Ts:

OVER COMPLICATE
Try not to overcomplicate your outfits when you’re wearing a turtleneck.

UN-BALANCE
Balance a slim-fitting turtleneck with wide-legged or boot-cut pants. If you’ve been looking for the perfect top for a pair of straight pants, a slim-fitting, lightweight turtleneck might be the answer.

UNFINISHED HEMS
A raw or unfinished hem might be a subtle detail, but it can ruin the whole outfit. Stick with classic ones.

Outfit credits from left to right: Outfit by Mango, glasses by Dior from Optik Melawai / Turtleneck by Mango, suit by Ted Baker / Turtleneck by Mango, jacket and pants by Calvin Klein Jeans

THREE LOOKS TO WEAR A TURTLENECK:

SOPHISTICATED GEEK

Layer your turtleneck under a long vest for a look that’s instantly stylish. Long cardigans are cool already, but when you wear one over a turtleneck, you get a look that’s both sophisticated and effortless.

SUITED UP

Let’s get the most obvious and controversial look out of the way first. “Mad Men” has proven that the ’60s and ’70s were a perfect time for turtlenecks and suits. And now that time is back. When you’re layering under thicker pieces like a blazer, look for the thinnest turtlenecks you can find.

DENIM DESTINATION

This ensemble of a turtleneck and blue jeans isn’t so hard to score and leaves room for more creative experimentation. If you want to look more polished, try adding a leather belt.

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