Roll-Down Window: A Look at Turtleneck Sweaters


As co-founder and CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs was well aware that great-looking design paired with ease and practicality is a sure-fire formula. That said, it’s no surprise that the upper portion of his daily “uniform” was a black turtleneck shirt created by Japanese designer Issey Miyake.

Turtlenecks, a.k.a. polo or roll-down collars, are terrific alternatives to collared shirts (and ties) or crew necks, especially in the winter. They accentuate the face, kill the need for a scarf, can hide shaving accidents or other neck blemishes and have a long history as the go-to top of everyone from rugged sailors and bohemians to cool cats from Steve McQueen to Ernest Hemingway. And they look equally good/just dressy enough worn alone or paired underneath a suit jacket in a classic-yet-updated nod to suave dudes from the 1970s.

Men’s turtlenecks have been off the fashion radar the past few years but designers, brands and style influencers are now spearheading their revival.

Here are some great turtleneck sweater options that are currently available for purchase. Best of all, most of them are already at post-holiday discount prices so you won’t have to shell out a lot….

Cable Turtleneck Sweater by ABERCROMBIE & FITCH, $112

Patterned Turtleneck Sweater by ABERCROMBIE & FITCH, $29.40

Cable-Knit Turtleneck Pullover by BANANA REPUBLIC, $116.99

Chest-Stripe Turtleneck Sweater by BANANA REPUBLIC, $96.99

Mohair Blend Classic Black Turtleneck Sweater by BESPOKEN, $345

Cashmere Fine Turtleneck by BILLY REID, $199.50

Alpaca Handknit Cable Turtleneck Sweater by BROOKS BROTHERS, $179.20

Saxxon Wool Cable Turtleneck by BROOKS BROTHERS, $298.50

Dark Gray Knit Yak Sweater by ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA, $435

Cotton Effo Turtle 1/2 Zip Knit by G-STAR, $140

Solid Merino Blend Turtleneck Sweater by INC International Concepts, $29.99

Front Cable Turtleneck Sweater by NAUTICA, $179.99

Burgundy Textured Turtleneck Sweater by TOPMAN, $60

Salt and Pepper Wide Rib Turtleneck Sweater by TOPMAN, $60

Extra Fine Merino Turtleneck Sweater by UNIQLO, $39.90

Green Lightweight Wool Turtleneck by Z ZEGNA, $285