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Can You Wear a V-Neck Sweater Without a Button-Down Shirt Under it?

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.
Can You Wear a V-Neck Sweater Without a Button-Down Shirt Under it?
Matt Damon wears a V-neck sweater to An Evening with Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon & Gus Van Sant in New York City. Photo Credit Brad Barket/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

If you're prone to wearing a V-neck sweater with a button-down underneath it, feel free to give yourself a break from this preppy styling. Consider indulging in a more carefree approach by opting to wear something else -- or absolutely nothing -- under your sweater. Whether you're looking for fashion-forward daywear or something for the office, try out some universal outfits that include the highly versatile V-neck sweater.

Modern Dressy

Consider incorporating a V-neck sweater for a more dressed up look without going overboard or ending up looking too conservative. Women, keep things fresh by starting with a slim woven cotton dress that falls to your knees. Look for one with a fitted silhouette in a bold color such as fuchsia with a V-neck or low sweetheart neckline. Pull a black silk blend or cashmere V-neck sweater over your dress in a slightly oversize boyfriend fit. Most people, other than ones with an apple shape, can cinch the sweater at the waist with a skinny black belt. Apple shapes can wear the sweater without the belt to help balance out proportions. Slide your feet into a pair of black flats or pumps for the finishing touch. Men, go modern by starting with a pair of black slacks. Add a fitted V-neck sweater on top in a knit fabric such as wool or cotton. Gravitate toward deep, saturated colors such as dark green or navy blue. Slide your feet into black leather Oxfords or loafers and you're done.

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Weekend Wear

Keep an Americana or prepster vibe in mind when styling a laid-back weekend outfit, but wear your sweater on its own without a button-down underneath. Men and women, imagine yourself in a heather gray cotton V-neck sweater with a banded hem and cuffs. Pull on a pair of dark blue straight-leg jeans and slide your feet into a pair of white canvas sneakers or sand-hued chukka boots for an Americana-inspired look. Or, for a more polished effect, start with a black sweater, add the same jeans and slide your feet into black driving moccasins or black ballet flats.

Layered Look

If you prefer wearing another garment under your V-neck sweater but you're looking for something less structured, skip the button-down and opt for something a bit softer instead. Women, start with a black camisole with lace trim at the neckline and pull a pink or purple V-neck sweater over so that the lace peeks out for added interest. Add a pair of black slim-leg trousers or jeans and slide your feet into black leather, chunky heel booties. Men, pull on a black crewneck T-shirt in a super soft cotton or silk-cotton blend. Pull a thick sweater on top in wool or cashmere; reach for a shallow V-neck selection in a deep jewel tone such as emerald or sapphire. Add a pair of charcoal trousers and step into black leather dress shoes. Or, for both looks, swap out the bottoms for dark rinse, straight-leg jeans and add black suede versions of your footwear.

Urban Chic

Approach urban chic styling with a V-neck sweater by creating an outfit that would usually include a T-shirt; replace the tee with the sweater and you're good to go. For example, men and women can both pull on a pair of distressed black, straight-leg jeans with black zip closure leather boots or combat-style boots. Skip the heather gray or black T-shirt and pull on a lightweight knit V-neck sweater instead. Women, imagine yourself in a fitted black miniskirt with black gladiator-style sandals. Instead of adding a boxy T-shirt, reach for a boyfriend style V-neck sweater instead; an oversize dark gray or black sweater with a deep V-neck gives your ensemble an edgy look. Add black Wayfarer style sunglasses for the finishing touch with an urban chic style.

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