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post #1 of 75
Thread Starter 
I found some threads about this but without many replies. Whats your general opinion about wearing suits with turtlenecks?

I always liked the look on other people, havent tried it myself.

Are there any general guidelines and things to watch out for?

What colors would you recommend to go with a solid charcoal or navy suit?
post #2 of 75
I like this look, although I don't wear it often myself. It looks hip and sophisticated.
post #3 of 75
it's classy, especially when you yell "hey acqualung!"
post #4 of 75
I think it can look very bad. Soph has a few pictures in the WAYWN thread where it looks pretty good, if I remember correctly, which actually led me to buy a light grey cashmere turtleneck. I wore it some last year, but it's more a novelty thing for me, not a go-to like a v-neck.
post #5 of 75
I think a contrast is necessary, like a fawn suit with a black cashmere turtleneck. Also, a contrast of textures would be nice like a moleskin with cashmere.

post #6 of 75
IMO, turtlenecks look better with flannels and tweeds than with worsteds and are better suited for the suburbs and less formal cities cities than they are for Manhattan.
post #7 of 75
Soph has posted some rather good examples of this look in WAYWT, hasn't he?
post #8 of 75
With the right contrast, they rock.
post #9 of 75
I don`t wear them with suits, but like wearing them sometimes with a sports jacket. I guess they would go well with a flannel type suit too.
post #10 of 75
A sleek Chelsea boot would be the perfect shoe.
post #11 of 75
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
I think a contrast is necessary, like a fawn suit with a black cashmere turtleneck. Also, a contrast of textures would be nice like a moleskin with cashmere.


Yeah nice picture.

SO i guess a rather dark charcoal suit wouldnt go too well with black?
what about light grey?
post #12 of 75
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Originally Posted by alan View Post
Yeah nice picture.

SO i guess a rather dark charcoal suit wouldnt go too well with black?
what about light grey?

That sounds like it would be too smudgy looking.

A light grey might be nice but the contrast still sounds a bit off.
post #13 of 75
Yes, a turtleneck and suit can be a nice look.
post #14 of 75
Couldn't find the Noel Coward quote, but he supposedly introduced it to the modern wardrobe after he first started wearing one when suffering from a cold. In the 1920's, Noel Coward made a fashion statement by wearing the turtleneck with a blazer. It again became fashionable in the 1940's as a component of the tweedy menswear look. Turtlenecks enjoyed another comeback in the 1960s, first among beatniks and flower children, then among the mainstream. The turtleneck is an adaptable garment with the ability to enhance a long slender neck or hide a sagging chin. In the 1960s, turtlenecks enjoyed a resurgence, first among beatniks and flower children, then among the mainstream. The fashion magazine Daily News Record labeled 1967 as "The Year of the Turtle" - as in turtleneck sweater. The turtleneck represented an formal alternative to the shirt and tie, which could quickly be transformed into a trendy informal garment. At its peak, it was being worn by celebrities such as Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Senator Robert Kennedy, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. While the turtleneck never faded into oblivion like many fads, it has never regained the popularity of the 1960s.
post #15 of 75
Powder blue with charcoal; ecru or burgundy with navy, perhaps purple as well. It would depend on your complexion, really.
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