Winter’s Undershirt: The Thin Turtleneck

December 11th, 2013

We’ve highlighted the versatility of the thin turtleneck before, but lately I’ve also been wearing them under shirts to insulate my look.

It’s an interesting and functional way to add a warm layer to a Fall/Winter outfit.

Here’s three examples to get you thinking.

1. Weekend Sharp


Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi

I have a hard time passing up on well-priced heavy duty military clothes, especially outerwear. One of my favorite vintage stores in NYC had received a new rack full of Officer’s peacoats. I tried on a handful and eventually found one that fit like a glove, no alts needed.

The trick is trying on several of them since the sizing can vary so much; vintage military garments were likely previously tailored to the specifics of the officer who originally wore them. The military understands the power of properly tailored clothes: good fit conveys confidence, power and authority. Now you just need to find an officer who was your size.

The plaid wool shirt is also vintage. The wool is a little scratchy, so the cashmere turtleneck not only makes it warmer, but much more comfortable as well.


The gold buttons on this jacket were probably the reason I bought it.

Why not highlight them with gold aviators (also original military design) and a gold watch (also vintage).


Don’t be afraid of Winter Whites.

Also, nothing says Fall like beefy socks and suede loafers.

  • Square aviator shades by Randolph Engineering ·
  • Blue officer’s coat Vintage ·
  • Brown Plaid wool shirt Vintage ·
  • Cashmere turtleneck by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Vintage Watch with Crocodile Band by Rolex ·
  • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang ·
  • Blue/grey marled socks by J.Crew ·
  • Brown Suede Loafers by Ralph Lauren

2. Insulated Suit


You know I had to do this under a suit. With a weighty flannel, this is a great way to avoid wearing an overcoat or a scarf.

It also ads a regal sense to a business suit – perfect for a cocktail party or fancy night out.


If you’re in a business casual environment you can try a thin turtle under your business shirt in the coldest winter months. Just keep the colors subtle and related.

Also make sure it breathes well, in case your office likes to pump the heat.


White USA Oxford Shirt

  • Grey fine-guage wool turtleneck by Uniqlo ·
  • Grey flannel chalkstripe suit ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Black alligator watch band by Montblanc ·
  • Black lizard belt by Trafalgar ·
  • Black Tassel Loafers by Allen Edmonds
  • · White oxford shirt by Thom Browne

3. Funky Fresh Camel


And as you probably know, I love mixing shades of browns, tans and greens in the Fall.

I also really like combining a handful of classic, conservative menswear pieces (like a fitted turtleneck, camel topcoat, and tailored trousers) with a more eclectic and expressive piece (like this psychedelic shirt).

This move actually works really well with a patterned shirt. The turtleneck acts as a solid, conservative base to anchor it all down.


This is one of my favorite pairs of shades, mainly because the temples wrap-around the ears.

Originally invented for fighter pilots to fly upside down, these things stay locked in place on your face (I hate it when sunglasses slide down my nose and I have to push them up every five minutes).

Side note: if you have the sliding problem with any of your shades, take them to any LensCrafters or eyewear store – most of them will adjust the nose pads and bend the temples around your ears for free.


Of all the footwear we’ve received from Johnston & Murphy, these are my favorites.

Chocolate suede captoe brogue 3/4 boots. They can be dressed-up or dressed-down.


Classic Camel Hair Coat

  • Aviator shades by Randolph Engineering ·
  • Forest green turtlneck by Uniqlo ·
  • Slim brown leather belt Vintage ·
  • Chocolate suede captoe boots by Johnston & Murphy
  • · Camel topcoat by Ralph Lauren Polo


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style


Photography by Alex Crawford