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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieworkwear, Aug 4, 2012.

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  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Well-Known Member

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    What's the deal with the men's turtleneck? I have always liked a proper cashmere (non cable knit) turtleneck, but it is incredibly hard to find them. Generally these days they are only for women, or they are ugly mock necks made out of cotton. I kind of like the idea of the black turtleneck for the fall for a very Velvet Underground look. Any thoughts?
     
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    Holdfast Well-Known Member

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    William Lockie does nice cashmere turtlenecks, available via their Heather Wallace retail website. I bought one in the Linen colourway last year and have been very happy with it. Very reasonably priced for a nice cashmere jumper too. IIRC, I got a 40, which fits kind of like a slim 37 or traditional 36 (their sizes refer to the actual chest circumference of the jumper, not that of the wearer, I believe). The website currently suggests they only run from 42" upwards, but I think it said that last year too and when I contacted them, they had a 40 available, so...

    They feel soft but durable, having some heft to them.
     
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  3. Kaplan

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    Do you mean the proper roll neck kind? (A google image search for turtleneck shows both roll necks and the mock, no roll type.) If so, Smedley probably has what you're looking for.

    20 years ago I sometimes wore that type of finely knitted roll neck (charcoal w/ a navy SC - Pringle made a good one then), but nowadays I prefer a chunkier knit (I have a navy Submariner from Northsea clothing). It's probably more casual than what you have in mind, though.
     
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    bourbonbasted Well-Known Member

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    I think a lot of guys look really good in a roll neck and sport coat. A happy medium between winter vacation Italian magnate and James Bond villain. However, I think you need to have the right body type to make it work. I've noticed taller, skinnier guys are best suited for this, with a jacket of considerable drape and a tighter-fitting sweater (a longer neck helps, too, obviously). Larger (or even more athletic-build) guys seem to always look like they are being stuffed into a sausage casing. Just something to consider.

    Per selection, I owned a Loro Piana navy cashmere roll neck that was very nice. Unfortunately I usually "run hot," so a two-ply cashmere sweater that comes up to the neck was a recipe for disaster for me. I sold it to someone here. However, I think they are really nice and would endorse LP. I see that Brooks has an offering (not sure of fit, but I assume that the cashmere is Todd & Duncan, so likely decent). Shop The Finest also has some.
     
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    I've got a black/dark charcoal BB cashmere turtle neck sweater in the back of my closet somewhere. I've been thinking of taking it out when it gets cold. It's not super fitted if I remember, but is fine under a jacket. I think I'm in the market for a chunkier turtle neck. Maybe Irish knit fisherman's. My problem with heavy sweaters in general is that they are way too hot in most in-doors places and I don't really spend a lot of time hanging about outside in the winter. Maybe good for skiing.
     
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    I'm kind of worried about the physique thing. I have love handles the size of basketballs left over from when I was a fatty. I might look bad without a jacket...
     
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    I can't believe this turtleneck conversation has gone on this long without an Archer reference.

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    I saw an episode of Archer for the first time recently. It is kind of amazing. Where the fuck have I been?
     
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    Worth rewatching too! One of the greatest things to be made in recent years :slayer:
     
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    Anyone here know some websites where I can cop affordable bracelets like people were wearing at the pitti?

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  11. patrickBOOTH

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    SpooPoker's wife.
     
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    I picked up an extremely soft wool one on sale BBBF. Very soft and non-itchy wool and nice and chunky. I have only worn it a couple of times such as out to diner with the wife during winter. Would not keep it on for more than a few hours as I tend to build up heat and never wear sweaters for more than a few hours. My jacket usually comes off in the afternoon.
     
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    My favourite (chunky, but not too hot) washed merino turtle neck. I don't know if they still make them.

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    I walked into a Brooks Brothers at lunchtime today. They don't have turtlenecks in yet.
     
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    Lockie sweaters are quite nice FWIW. I have a shawl neck sweater from them (lambswool) that I love.
     
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    I wouldn't buy BB anyways--I have a sweater from them that, while good looking, has pilled a fair amount.

    This was "mainline" though, some of their higher end ones might be nicer.
     
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    I hate shawl collar sweaters for some reason. I mean, I generally hate all sweaters to be honest. Teh black turtle I kinda like. I only want one because there is an event where I need my arms to be able to do windmills so a jacket wouldn't be the best option.
     
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    Oh man, I love sweaters, especially shawl necks. I wear that Lockie sweater just about every weekend day during the winter.
     
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    You need this one, Patrick:

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    Will windmill great. Will make you a great French philosopher at the same time.
     
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