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Do Guys Wear Turtlenecks?

author image Tarah Damask
Tarah Damask's writing career began in 2003 and includes experience as a fashion writer/editor for Neiman Marcus, short fiction publications in "North Texas Review," a self-published novel, band biographies, charter school curriculum and articles for various websites. Damask holds a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of North Texas.
Do Guys Wear Turtlenecks?
Tom Cruise wears a turtleneck to the "Oblivion" premiere in Hollywood, in 2013. Photo Credit Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

If you find yourself quite taken with a turtleneck but immediately hesitate and wondering if guys wear turtlenecks anymore, toss those concerns out the window; the answer is yes. While styling around a turtleneck can be tricky -- to tuck or not to tuck, to wear it alone or under a jacket? -- understanding some basic guidelines and tried-and-true outfit ideas will have you donning a turtleneck with pride and not a drop of hesitation.

Streamlined Casual

Skip your usual crewneck or V-neck sweater when you're pulling together a casual look and opt for a turtleneck instead. Whether you're meeting friends for coffee or taking a walk with a significant other, start with a chunky knit wool turtleneck sweater in a dark neutral hue such as black or navy. Look for a funnel neck -- a turtleneck that stands rather than folds -- for an extra kick of interest. Pull this sweater on with a pair of dark blue selvedge jeans with a straight-leg silhouette. Do not tuck the turtleneck in with this or any other outfit, suggests "Esquire" magazine. Slide on a pair of sand-hued or chocolate brown chukka boots or suede Oxfords for a stylish finish.

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Prepster Classic

If the word "prep" conjures up images of guys wearing turtlenecks, you're on to something. Start with a chunky cable-knit sweater in cotton or wool. Choose a light color such as gray or oatmeal to begin your outfit. In keeping with the preppy vibe, add a pair of chinos in a neutral hue like khaki, brown or toffee. Top your look off with a classic pea coat in a dark color like navy blue or black -- pop the collar if you're feeling adventurous. Slide your feet into a pair of dark brown loafers or driving moccasins.

Dressed Up

Finding a way to look put together while keeping warm becomes the priority, particularly when temperatures dip down into chilly territory. Start with a fine gauge turtleneck as your first layer of clothing in place of a button-front shirt or thin-knit crew neck sweater. Reach for a dark color such as charcoal. Add a tweed or plaid sport coat to your look with a solid pair of coordinating trousers. For example, add a gray tweed blazer to solid gray slacks. Or, simply swap out your usual work shirt and tie when you put on your suit and opt for a turtleneck instead. Slide your feet into a pair of high-gloss leather dress Oxfords or loafers.

Urban Edge

If you're under the impression that a turtleneck belongs only in preppy territory, think again. This garment is a shape-shifter that works well when creating an urban vibe. Keep your colors dark and pay attention to textures. Start with a fine knit or chunky knit turtleneck in black. Pull on a pair of black or distressed, dark gray, straight-leg jeans. Amp up the urban edge vibe with a black leather jacket. If it's extremely cold outside, throw on a black or charcoal, single-breasted top coat. Finish the look with black combat-style boots or sleek zip-up ankle boots.

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