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We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: do not fear the turtleneck.

But that shouldn’t be too difficult a request with this almost unfairly handsome black-and-white micro-stripe sweater that’s just hit the racks at Steven Alan. And though its relaxed neck seems to toe the line between turtle and cowl, we’re sure you’ve got what it takes to pull it off, no sweat.

Here’s what else you need to know:

The Story: Once upon a time, the humble turtleneck caught a bit of flack as the go-to sweater for a certain categorically nerdy contingent of men. But as part of the latest issue of Steven Alan’s fall repertoire, this all-cashmere option is a dapper testament to the roll-neck’s forceful resurgence in the menswear circuit.

Who to Channel: Captain at the helm of a successful fishing operation, stoically facing a blustery day at sea; a worn-out McQueen on Bullitt’s last day of shooting; the King in recline.

When to Wear It: Anytime that well-groomed scruff doesn’t provide your neck with enough protection from the elements and you’re not in the mood to figure out how to tie your scarf. So from about November until April.

Degree of Difficulty: Medium. With a loose neck like that, you’ll want to keep the rest of your getup decidedly well tailored. Not that you ever wouldn’t.

And now, your moment of inspiration:

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—S.P.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Stephen Praetorius