The turtleneck has quite a cool backstory; it was first conceived in the Middle Ages as a solution to chainmail chafing experienced by knights. Today though, turtlenecks are a fashionable yet comfortable way to keep warm in the cooler months.
Turtlenecks come in a variety of styles – turtleneck t-shirts and turtleneck sweaters in various weights; with the most common being a thin-weighted turtleneck sweater. Perfect for layering under jackets and coats, men’s turtlenecks are a must-have for autumn and winter.
How do I style a turtleneck?
The beauty of a turtleneck sweater is its versatility. You can pair turtlenecks with just about anything, from chinos and a denim jacket to a sophisticated suit. Although, if you have a relaxed-fitting or baggy turtleneck, avoid pairing it with baggy or loose-fitting bottoms; and, likewise, don’t pair a tight-fitting turtleneck with extremely tight-fitting pants.
What dress codes are turtlenecks suitable for?
Turtlenecks tend to take on the attributes of whatever you pair them with; for example, if you wear a turtleneck with a suit or a blazer, it’ll be quite formal looking - perfect for the office or smart-casual affairs. Similarly, if you pair a turtleneck with jeans, it becomes casual.
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If you’re looking to add a versatile turtleneck to your wardrobe, these are the brands making the absolute best ones. All are extremely well-made with premium fabrics, no matter what style or colour of men’s turtleneck you’re looking for, you’ll find it on our list below.
Hugo Boss has both thin and thick wool turtleneck sweaters on offer, in bold and classic colours. The thinner men's turtlenecks will layer beautifully under a jacket or coat, and the thicker turtlenecks will keep you warm on their own. Stylish and impeccably well-made, Hugo Boss’ turtlenecks will be a welcome addition to any wardrobe.
Todd Snyder has quite a large range of men’s turtleneck sweaters, although all are on the thinner side. Available in multiple fabric choices, such as jersey and cashmere, you can get both classic and fun colours as well as patterned and striped turtlenecks. Perfect for layering, a Todd Snyder turtleneck sweater is a must-have for winter.
Mango has both turtleneck sweaters and turtleneck t-shirts for men. With several colour and fabric varieties to choose from, such as wool and cotton, Mango’s men's turtlenecks are rather minimalistic yet polished in design; perfect for winter layering.
John Smedley has one turtleneck sweater available, although it does come in four timeless colours. Crafted in extra fine Merino wool in a comfortable 30 gauge, John Smedley’s turtleneck is on the thinner side and has a relaxed fit; paired with a blazer you’ll have a sharp, classic winter look.
ASOS Design only has thin turtleneck sweaters or t-shirts, but they do have a large variety of styles and colours (they even have a short sleeve turtleneck tee). Extremely affordable, if you’re after a basic but well-crafted turtleneck to add to your collection without breaking the bank, ASOS Design is the only way to go.
River Island offers a small range of turtleneck sweaters in both chunky knit and thin options. You’ll find timeless colours like black, cream, and navy, perfect for layering with other pieces in your closet.
JACK & JONES
JACK & JONES’ turtleneck sweaters are mostly made with cotton for breathability, meaning you can layer these bad boys without overheating. Available in neutral colours, these turtlenecks will be a happy addition to any wardrobe.
Ted Baker has one turtleneck on offer, available in soft grey and black. Made with comfortable jersey, this turtleneck sweater will keep you warm and snug but is tailored enough to keep you looking polished.
Bershka has both plain turtleneck sweaters and some with ribbing. Available in classic colours, you can easily dress these turtlenecks up or down.
French Connection has a great range of men’s turtleneck sweaters in a variety of styles and colours. Available in slim fits, French Connection’s turtlenecks are cosy yet refined.
Club Monaco has both a turtleneck sweater and a turtleneck t-shirt available. The sweater is made with luxurious cashmere for softness and warmth, while the t-shirt is made with cotton for lightweight breathability. Both are perfect for layering; the sweater over shirts and the t-shirt under jackets.
Banana Republic has a great range of mens turtlenecks in a variety of styles and colours; t-shirt, sweater, and woolen cable knit turtlenecks in navies, blacks, greys, beiges, and greens. If you’re after a turtleneck that’s a little different and interesting in design, go for Banana Republic as their turtlenecks don’t flip over themselves in the neck area like traditional turtlenecks do.
Jos. A. Bank
Jos. A. Bank only has one turtleneck on offer; finely woven in extra fine merino wool for the ultimate in softness and comfort. Styled with a trim, flattering fit, this classic turtleneck sweater comes in both blue and grey; perfect for winter layering.
Uniqlo has an extensive range of men's turtlenecks available in different styles, fabrics, and colours. If you’re thinking of adding a few turtleneck sweaters to your closet, Uniqlo is a great place to purchase from, as their turtlenecks are minimalistic in design, come in multiple colour options, and are reasonably priced.
Paul Smith has two turtleneck sweaters on offer, and in typical Paul Smith style, they come in rather playful colours - a soft blue and a mustard orange. Both feature Paul Smith’s signature rainbow stripes and are made with premium fabrics; cashmere and Merino wool. If you’re after a seriously stylish yet bold turtleneck, Paul Smith’s the brand for you.
Lands End has a huge range of men's turtleneck sweater options which come in various styles, fabrics, and colours. Impeccably well-made and simple in design, Lands End’s turtleneck sweaters are perfect for stylish winter layering.
Tommy Hilfiger has a small range of turtleneck sweaters in both thin and thick options. Available in timeless colours, Tommy Hilfiger’s turtlenecks are extremely fitted; perfect for a cool contemporary look.