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The 78 Greatest Turtlenecks of All Time

  • Kempt Staff


It’s safe to say that the turtleneck is experiencing a renaissance.

Now, we won’t take all the credit for it, but we did tell the world to to stop fearing the turtleneck way back when.

And we think it worked. Just take a look at the photos coming in from Florence, Milan or Paris this month, and you’re bound to see a marked rise in turtlenecks—on and off the runways.

So, in our grand tradition of exhaustive garment journalism, we’ve compiled a list of every single greatest moment in turtlenecking ever... That’s right, all 78 of them...»

The Five Times It’s Okay to Wear a Mock Turtleneck

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


Jack-o’-lanterns have been put to the curb. You’re stocking up on various sundries to fill your cornucopia. There’s a chill in the air.

With hats, gloves and cable knits at the ready, some—obviously, not you, dear reader—may even be tempted to don the dreaded mock turtleneck.


Because there are only five times you should wear a mock turtleneck (and yes, running a certain fruit-centric computer company is one of them).

Herewith, the definitive occasions.»

The Stat Sheet: Steven Alan Terrence Turtleneck Sweater


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, after the jump.»

The 10 Style Lessons from 30 Rock

  • Najib Benouar

The final episode of 30 Rock airs tonight. Forever optimists, we’ve decided to focus not on our sadness, but on opportunities for growth. So we mined the past seven seasons for the most important sartorial lessons the show has offered.

While Jack Donaghy undoubtedly stands head and shoulders above the rest of the show’s unkempt misfits and trucker hats, there are still plenty of examples of what to do and what not to do. And here they are:

The 10 style lessons to be learned from 30 Rock

Gateway Turtlenecks: The Five Best High-Necked Shirts Out There

  • Najib Benouar

On the occasion of this weekend’s premiere of the Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, at Sundance, we are ever reminded of his iconic allegiance to the turtleneck. (Ashton Kutcher seems to have done a fine job of pulling it off himself.)

In fact, ever since we told the menswear-osphere to stop fearing the turtleneck, we’ve been noticing dapperly swaddled necks popping up everywhere—we won’t take full credit for the garment’s renaissance—on runways, in magazines, at tradeshows and even in our favorite menswear shops.

Luckily for all the shelter-seeking necks out there, we’ve rounded up the five best gateway turtlenecks currently on the market.»

Do Not Fear the Turtleneck

  • Najib Benouar

The turtleneck. It’s a statement, for sure—and not the easiest one to make without verging on creepy Euro-beanik, or for lack of a better word: dweeby.

The trick is to avoid some common pitfalls—wearing something too gauzy, too tight or with a maniacally steadfast gaze. There’s a sweet spot in the middle there. And we’re going to help you find it, by taking some subtle cues from some of the most stylish guys to ever do it.

And now, a master class in the turtleneck, courtesy of five icons of style.»

The Best New Designers of 2011

A lot of great new labels arrived on the scene in 2011—the most we’ve seen in recent memory—so we thought we’d give a much-deserved victory lap to our five favorites. They range from homegrown Italiana to biker-tough outerwear, and they’ve been pulling together some of the most exciting ideas in menswear and making clued-in gentlemen look like rock stars from February on. If you were waiting for a chance to get acquainted, now’s the time.

Ladies and gentlemen, the class of 2011»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Michael K. Williams

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This was an easy one.

Sure, Gosling may have been gallivanting through Paris with Eva Mendes and a well-cut pea coat, but the best dressed gentleman of this particular week was Michael K. Williams, as spotted at the Hugo premiere.

The turtleneck’s handsome enough—especially when most of the crowd was in a suit and tie—but the real prize is the vaguely Cossack overcoat, complete some of the coziest lapels in the Western hemisphere.

Put them together and he looks like he just stepped out of a Cucinelli ad. Legendary stuff.