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Style for first sweater?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by josepidal, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    What should a guy get for his first sweater? Vneck, crewneck, turtleneck, zip neck? I was thinking vneck, but am not sure of the reasons.
     
  2. Man In Space

    Man In Space Senior member

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    I would suggest v-neck followed by crewneck. Both would allow you to show the collar of a dress shirt (for example). I prefer v-neck. It can look very sharp with a button-down collar and a tie. Just make sure that the v isn't too large - you don't want to show too much shirt and tie.

    Best colors (depending on how you look in them) would be navy, charcoal and may I suggest brown (mid to dark.)

    I think that zip and t-necks are not as versatile and if you only have one or a few sweaters then they would stand out more and people would realize that you have only one or a few.

    My 2cents, good luck.
     
  3. gamelan

    gamelan Senior member

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    agree with MIS. the v-neck with tie looks very nice. i usually sport a polo sweater with tie which is a similar concept. either way, make sure it's fitted but not too fitted so that the ocasional waves/folds in your shirt won't show.

    not sure if it was mentioned in your other sweater thread but check out the merino wool sweaters by John Smedley which can be had for a good deal (esp. end of season) at STP....http://www.sierratradingpost.com/eui...d=10D0742C371F

    ok. not the best selection just yet but maybe give them awhile for more of their fall/winter stock to appear.

    oh, and definitely charcoal grey for your first one. then something in a brown/tan for your second.

    -Jeff
     
  4. AlexHoogeveen

    AlexHoogeveen Well-Known Member

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    I agree. v-neck looks better&moderner. I like darker colours like the ones gamelan mentioned but one extra tip: Purple (dark) it's also a versatile color that you can combine with lots of shirts. Dark colors look more elegant.

    Merinowool is the best choice because it's soft and very thin (still warm). You can unwrinkle them bye 'steaming' them just bye hanging them in moist damp of the shower. You could also get this quite cheap in lots of high-end stores (look at the own-brand)
     
  5. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Get a V-neck first, then get a full-zip cardigan (or even a modern-styled button up one) as your second. Zip-up sweaters usually have a mockneck.
     
  6. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Crewneck cashmere sweater in a solid color, followed by a silk one, then a linen one.
     
  7. ComboOrgan

    ComboOrgan Senior member

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    Light-gray lightweight V-neck.

    Before 5:00, you can wear it with any pants/shirt combo except light-gray, and it can be layered under a jacket.

    After 5:00 it looks great over an untucked dress shirt with jeans, or by itself with slacks or jeans.

    I say light-gray because dark-wash jeans are very fashionable, and I think light-gray works with dark denim better than does charcoal. If you don't do dark denim, then charcoal or navy would be good color choices.

    Lightweight, just because you will have more layering options.

    Banana Republic has some swanky lightweight V-necks right now for cheap.
     
  8. Plasdom

    Plasdom Active Member

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    Light-gray lightweight V-neck.

    Before 5:00, you can wear it with any pants/shirt combo except light-gray, and it can be layered under a jacket.

    After 5:00 it looks great over an untucked dress shirt with jeans, or by itself with slacks or jeans.

    I say light-gray because dark-wash jeans are very fashionable, and I think light-gray works with dark denim better than does charcoal. If you don't do dark denim, then charcoal or navy would be good color choices.

    Lightweight, just because you will have more layering options.

    Banana Republic has some swanky lightweight V-necks right now for cheap.


    Speaking of which, I bought one today fr $21.99. Light gray, light texture, 65% cotton, 30% silk, 5% cashmere. Only thing which bothers me is that is looks like it could get deformed very easily. Anything I can do to fix this?
     
  9. ComboOrgan

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    Speaking of which, I bought one today fr $21.99. Light gray, light texture, 65% cotton, 30% silk, 5% cashmere. Only thing which bothers me is that is looks like it could get deformed very easily. Anything I can do to fix this?

    How do you mean?

    I have the same sweater you're talking about, but I've only worn it once because the weather has been pretty warm since I bought it.
     
  10. Mike C.

    Mike C. Senior member

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    What should a guy get for his first sweater? Vneck, crewneck, turtleneck, zip neck? I was thinking vneck, but am not sure of the reasons.

    Your going to need more than one sweater.
     
  11. Jovan

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    Crewneck cashmere sweater in a solid color, followed by a silk one, then a linen one.
    I really hope you're kidding. Also, Mike C., having one good sweater for now is fine.
     
  12. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This is got to be the 20th variation of the same theme "Asian guy from a tropical country going to Boston for the winter and need...." advice on scarf, gloves, cashmere sweater, wool socks, top coat, what color scarf, what color socks, what color gloves, what color sweater, what style sweater, where and how to get them cheap......

    Jose, you need to relax. There's no need to plan your purchases from 9,000 miles away. You have plenty of time to make your winter wardrobe purchases once get to Boston from a tropical country. Once in Boston, go to Filene's Basement, try the clothes on, look into mirror, feel the material, compare different colors then you'll know what material you feel comfortable and what style and color looks good on you.

    Ask what style to get, you'll get 10 different answers from 10 different people, the bottom line is you need to decide for yourself what looks good on you, what makes you feel comfortable not people think what would look good on you, make you feel warm.

    It may be worthwhile for you to make day trip to Kittery outlet center (only an hour away from Boston). They have Polo, Brooks Bros., Eddie Bauer, BR, HF... all good sources for winter clothings. They even have your favorite brand Van Hausen outlet there.
     
  14. kolecho

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    V, crew and turtle neck. You need all these. Try fih.com for some very nice merino wool jumpers.
     
  15. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    Navy v-neck. What else could you possibly buy as your first sweater????

    !luc
     
  16. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    V, crew and turtle neck. You need all these. Try fih.com for some very nice merino wool jumpers.
    I don't understand why some of you keep suggesting he needs like every type of sweater right now. If I remember correctly he's rather young and thus doesn't make that much.* IMO, I don't think the last two are the best choices either. Based on his physique which I've seen in another thread of his, a v-neck would be best since it has a slight slimming and elongating effect. You could argue turtlenecks do as well for an obvious reason, but they're not most guys' cup of tea. A scarf does just as well to keep the neck warm and adds a stylish touch. *I apologize if I seem patronizing, jose, not intended.
     
  17. Man In Space

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    I don't understand why some of you keep suggesting he needs like every type of sweater right now. If I remember correctly he's rather young and thus doesn't make that much.* IMO, I don't think the last two are the best choices either. Based on his physique which I've seen in another thread of his, a v-neck would be best since it has a slight slimming and elongating effect. You could argue turtlenecks do as well for an obvious reason, but they're not most guys' cup of tea. A scarf does just as well to keep the neck warm and adds a stylish touch.

    *I apologize if I seem patronizing, jose, not intended.


    Agreed, Jovan. He didn't say only sweater, he said first sweater - big difference. First implies that there will be more to come. V-neck to me seems to be the most versatile.
    I have seen Jose's pics and agree that for a man of his stature the v would probably be best, assuming that he buys a well-fitting one.
     
  18. andyl

    andyl Well-Known Member

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    What color undershirt do you guys recommend under a light grey v-neck sweater? I think white is too boring, maybe a charcoal long sleeve tee under it?
     
  19. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    What color undershirt do you guys recommend under a light grey v-neck sweater? I think white is too boring, maybe a charcoal long sleeve tee under it?

    The beauty of grey is that it's a neutral. Wear it with any color. Personally, I prefer a BD under a v-neck.
     
  20. andyl

    andyl Well-Known Member

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    I've always worn button downs under v-necks, so I wanted to try something else...
     

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