The best turtleneck sweater brands for men: 2021 edition

The knitting season is always one to get us excited. Style should be tactile, we believe, and with so many different knits, cuts, colors and patterns available, there are countless ways to get creative and show a little individuality.

One style that is always worth returning to is the turtleneck, or turtleneck as it is also known. It’s an incredibly versatile knit that, depending on the fabric, is just as perfect for wearing to the office as it is for a brisk walk in the countryside. The turtleneck sweater is classic, easy to wear and suits a wide variety of personal styles. It is characterized by its extra fabric at the neck that is rolled back.

It’s just a matter of style, size and color.

Turtleneck Buying Considerations

fit

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The turtleneck is surprisingly versatile and, depending on the fit, can be worn for many different occasions. For a smarter look, a slim turtleneck sweater made of lightweight wool is best. An ideal shirt replacement, it can be effortlessly paired with tailoring and looks great under an unstructured blazer or suit.

For something a little more casual, tap into the workwear tradition of the turtleneck sweater and opt for something with a relaxed fit. Trawlermen of bygone decades favored thick roll necks for their warmth and comfort, and so will you. A slightly oversized fit combined with heavy fabric gives the style a relaxed edge that pairs perfectly with raw denim and sneakers.

Details

Luca Faloni Mock Neck

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the type of turtleneck sweater. First, there is the ‘role’ itself, which often varies. Most turtlenecks have enough fabric at the neck to fold back on itself once, creating a half-height roll around the Adam’s apple. For a lower roll, you can fold it back for a coarser but shorter look.

Also keep an eye out for a style called “mockneck.” This is a different design from the turtleneck as the neck does not fold back. Instead, the fabric sits two or three inches above where a regular neckline would end, giving a subtly different, slightly Scandinavian look.

Then there is the type of fabric and weave. If you’re going the brisk route, you may want to opt for a cable knit turtleneck sweater with the signature weave made popular by the classic Guernsey knit. This style is casual and warm, so if you’re looking for a lightweight layer, go for solid merino wool styles.

Colour

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While you may be looking for a classic knit in easy-to-wear navy or black, the turtleneck sweater is perfect for adding a pop of color to your fall/winter wardrobe. Knitwear is often at its best when it’s playful, so don’t be afraid to mix things up. For something a little different, try emerald green, deep purple or burnt orange, colors that are more versatile than you might think at first glance. Pair with existing wardrobe staples of neutral tones and you’re on your way to a winner.

Which fabric is best?

merino wool

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A merino wool turtleneck is a great option if you’re looking for a slightly more chic knit that pairs well with tailored looks. Merino turtlenecks are ideal for dressing up suits as the thin weight of the fabric means they fit easily under a jacket.

While not as soft as cashmere, merino wool still feels great against the skin and also has a party trick that not many people are aware of. Merino is a natural performance fabric and has built-in sweat-wicking properties, making it ideal for winter days where you switch between the elements and overzealous central heating.

lambswool

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For slightly coarser, more casual turtlenecks, lambswool is the way to go. Lambswool is usually sheared from sheep under seven months of age, making it impressively fine and soft. That said, it tends to be heavier than merino or cashmere, and as such produces knits on the coarser side. A lambswool turtleneck sweater would go better with your casual wardrobe – think jeans, chinos and layers, such as job or coach jackets.

Cashmere

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One of the most luxurious fabrics in the world, cashmere is incredibly soft and breathable. A cashmere turtleneck sweater is on the more expensive end of the spectrum, but you can feel the difference on your skin. Due to the delicate nature of the fabric, it’s worth noting that you’ll probably have to hand wash a cashmere turtleneck sweater, but a little more effort will get you a lot more softness.

The best turtleneck sweater brands for men

Luca Falonic

Italian brand Luca Faloni specializes in cashmere knitwear, so you can be sure that cashmere turtlenecks are the best they can be. They have slim, tailored fits and are ideal for combining with unstructured tailoring.

Shop now at Luca Faloni

Artknit Studios

Artknit Studios sources its luxury wool from the Biella region of Italy, an area known for producing excellent quality yarns. You’ll find cashmere and extra fine merino wool used for Artknit’s turtleneck sweaters, which come in a range of easy-to-wear, neutral shades.

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Closed

With a focus on durability and contemporary fits, Closed’s turtleneck sweaters are ideal if you’re looking for something different. You’ll find earthy tones and cuts that are more on the contemporary, boxy side, going well with jeans and boots.

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Focusing on minimal design and modern updates to classic garments, ASKET is well placed if you’re looking for a slim-fit turtleneck sweater. The brand’s turtleneck sweaters are made from 100% traceable merino wool and are perfect for both office and weekend wear.

Shop now at ASKET

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A faithful man of Britain’s high street, Reiss is known for his expertly designed, contemporary menswear. The turtlenecks come in a variety of fabrics, from cashmere to merino wool and cotton, so there’s something for every budget.

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Uniqlo

For no-nonsense, wallet-friendly turtlenecks, Uniqlo is hard to beat. The Japanese brand’s knitwear is loved by menswear enthusiasts for its high-quality construction, soft fabrics and simple, timeless designs.

Shop now at Uniqlo

John Smedley

As it owns its own factory in the UK, John Smedley has total control over the quality of its garments. This means that the knitwear is made to the highest standards from the finest fabrics, including soft merino wool, cashmere and lambswool. If you’re looking for classic British-made designs, look no further.

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mr p.

Mr Porter’s own label, Mr P offers exceptionally crafted clothing that is both easy to wear and effortlessly cool. The knitwear range often references current trends, depending on the season, but the core designs — including the well-cut turtleneck sweaters — are ever-present and always high on our wish list.

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SNS Herning

With a focus on traditional fishing styles and classic crafts, SNS Herning knitwear is robust, chunky and suitable for any purpose. The turtlenecks are no different and are made from heavy virgin wool, giving them impressive warmth and comfort.

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Arket

Arket’s designs are minimal and easy to wear, making the brand ideal if you’re looking for a turtleneck sweater that you can just put on and forget. Choose from classic shades that blend seamlessly with your existing wardrobe.

Shop now at Arket

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