with the fall season rapidly approaching, i thought it would be fun to start talking about sweaters. i love 'em. but what do you wear under them successfully? the buttondown collar is an obvious choice. is the preferred sweater collar a crewneck, or a v-neck? what about non-buttondown collars - does anyone wear them outside the sweater, or do they stay tucked under? anyone wear polos with sweaters? thoughts on this look? how about t-shirts. is the contrasting t-shirt/v-neck sweater combo too Gap-1990's? or is there a smarter update? is there any kind of jacket one can wear successfully over this combo? and what's up with turtlenecks. are they fashion-forward, traditional, or both? just some seeds to get a conversation started...talk amongst yourselves. /andrew - waiting for winter
Button-down shirts are a classic combo with sweaters, very east-coast prepster. I usually wear a standard-collar shirt with a slim sweater, and I wear the collar outside the sweater rather than tucked in. I sometimes take a solid color sweater and wear a bold striped shirt under for just a touch of 'show'...also I wear some more conservative striped or checked shirts. Polos can be done under the sweater, but this is definitely much more casual than a nice dress shirt underneath. The t-shirt under a sweater look is okay, I prefer a collared shirt though. I'd definitely avoid a plain white shirt under a dark collar sweater - looks too much like an undershirt, and VERY reminiscent of mid 90's Gap. Try a bolder color. Turtleneck sweaters will always be classic. However, those thicker cotton ones also look mid 90's Gap. The thin black cashmere or wool/cashmere/silk blend turtleneck is a classic staple item...but I still prefer a crewneck or v-neck.