A few things to speak about before going any further:
- Funky Llama wine is great and very inexpensive (BYOB SUSHI).
- My suit is Linen and Wool so those wrinkles are natural, they don’t imply an ill fitted garment.
- It was 50 degrees out today, so I went sockless. Yup. I did it and I can not wait for real spring weather. The snow next to me has been there for 2 months.
If you have ever looked at pictures of European men in the colder months of the year, you will see them wearing suits with turtlenecks (and looking great at the same time). This look is one that you will almost never see an American male attempting to pull off without feeling a bit out of place. Take a look through some of your parents photo albums from the 1970s, I can guarantee that you will see your dad and his boys with wide lapel blazers and turtleneck sweaters. I am not telling you all to go super 70s but, there is some inspiration in their look.
Understanding that the turtleneck sweater can may become the standout piece of this outfit, I think it is best to tone it down with a rather neutral color. Going with grey, black, blue or beige would be the best way to start if you are planning to it down with a suit. This year’s trend with turtleneck sweaters has gone chunky with the fisherman’s style sweater that you would not pair with suit.
This look translates well on maybe a 3rd date to a nice restaurant or a casual Friday at work when you know you will be headed out for drinks afterward. Very understated this look says to me, “I know it’s a little chilly, but, I like to switch my style up without sticking to the norm.” Give the turtleneck sweater and suit look a chance before the weather breaks above 55 Degrees within the next few weeks. Remember wear your clothes confidently above all else.
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM