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mens turtleneck sweater under shirts outfit idea
mens turtleneck sweater under shirts outfit idea

Over/Under: Advanced Turtleneck Layering

January 13th, 2016

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the turtleneck sweater. A quick search through the Style Guide’s ‘Sweater’ filter reveals countless styling options. Though it’s often been cast as dated, the turtleneck has enjoyed renewed mainstream popularity recently.

If you think of a turtleneck as a one-dimensional item – i.e. just another sweater – think again. A thin merino wool turtleneck can also be worn under a dress shirt and blazer. Here’s one way to do it.

mens turtleneck sweater under shirts outfit idea

mens turtleneck sweater under shirts outfit idea

| WEARING | Suitsupply blazer, Uniqlo turtleneck, Brooks Brothers pants and Black Fleece shirt, Watch c/o Uniform Wares, Tod’s shoes | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Now that winter’s here – we’re not even going to get above freezing today – layering is the name of the game. Layering a thin turtleneck under a dress shirt and blazer is a way to add some extra warmth.

One of my favorite things about turtleneck sweaters is that they serve a similar function as a scarf, which is to keep the draft out. Wearing one under a dress shirt also sets you up to create some extra layered interest via your shirt, of course, but also by adding a scarf to the mix.

On the other side of the coin, if it’s not too terribly cold out, the turtleneck can completely negate the need for a scarf.


I also like how the thin turtleneck as undershirt takes the place of a tie as a way to elevate a business look. It lends a whole different kind of class and sophistication to it.

One thing to be mindful of, if you plan on trying out this look, is the temperature of your office or wherever you’re planning to sport the look. If, like me, you tend to run hot and you know the office is going to be cranking the heat, this might not be the best option.


Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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