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Deepen Your V-Neck Sweater

December 26th, 2013

The v-neck sweater has been a menswear staple for decades. The problem is, most of them today are cut too high at the neck. They strangle up high rather than creating a flattering line over the chest. They also don’t function well over a good shirt collar.

Next time you’re thinking of investing in a V, make it a slightly deeper one with room for your collar (and tie) to breathe. Note: this goes for sweaters only, I am not endorsing the deep V t-shirt.

Here’s three examples to get you thinking.

1. Corporate Layer


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

If you’re wearing the sweater over a shirt and tie, you’ll immediately notice a difference. No more worrying about the collar getting swallowed up or tugging the sweater down off your tie knot.

The deeper V also shows the proportion of the tie, in this case a relatively slim wool knit.


Ideally the “V” should hit at the sternum, right around the bottom of the pectorals.


Remember those killer ankle boots from this lookShoePassion also sent me these badass goodyear welted woven leather oxfords:

“More than two hundred operations are used to create each one of our high quality men’s shoes. During the painstaking production of our No. 360, the cobbler weaves six-millimetre leather strips together to form the distinctive upper. First, one layer of the upper is crafted from parallel strips; then the cobbler creates the other layer at right angles to the first, weaving the leather strips over then under each other. It is an elaborate process, but one, that lends this shoe its extraordinary character.

The typical Oxford closed five-hole lacing and precise cut fit the shoe tightly onto the foot. Nevertheless, the woven calfskin leather offers breathability and high comfort in a snug footbed, meaning it is a stylish way to promote good foot health.”

  • Beige Deep v-neck sweater by Paul Smith (Vintage) ·
  • Light blue Shirt by Angel Bespoke ·
  • Camel wool knit tie Vintage ·
  • White cotton pocket square ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Black alligator watch band by Montblanc ·
  • Black woven leather oxfords by ShoePassion.com

2. Business Casual


Nothing ruins a tweed blazer and dark jeans combo like a sweater strangle.

This sky blue wool number (available at selects Saks Fifth Avenue Locations) is just deep enough to create the right lift in the tie. That subtle bend brings a lot of life and dimension to the entire look, in my opinion.


This vintage Ralph Lauren wool/alpaca jacket has at least a dozen colors in it including orange, green, blue, pink and purple.

I usually try to accent one of those colors (the light blue in this case) and keep the rest of my look simple and neutral.


Shout out to my friend Jim Buckley from Buckley Denim for these awesome new jeans. Made in American from 100% American woven selvedge denim.

They’re a little longer than I’m used to, but the deep cuff & break is a perfect match for dress boots. Can’t wait to break these in!

  • Wool/Alpaca tweed blazer by Polo Ralph Lauren (Vintage) ·
  • Blue Wool V-neck sweater by Michael Kors (available at select Saks Locations) ·
  • Grey/white hairline stripe shirt ·
  • Navy/orange geometric floral tie Vintage ·
  • Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers ·
  • Slim straight selvedge blue jeans by Buckley Denim ·
  • Chocolate suede captoe boots by Johnston & Murphy

3. Evening Suit


As you probably know, I love to wear suits (I believe a man looks his best when he’s well tailored). But that doesn’t mean I’m always dressed for business.

A dark 2-piece is perfect for a late night out. Just forget about the tie; keep the collar open and don’t be afraid to show a little chest.


There’s that power collar in action again. It can make a drastic difference in your look, just don’t squash it under one of those high-rise V-necks.

This deep v-neck by Alexander McQueen is the perfect layer to make a suit look less ‘business’ and more ‘nightlife’.


These black plain toe loafers were a great purchase. I’ve worn them with everything from jeans to tuxedos. They’re great for dancing too, if you’re the type to bust a move.

  • Round hand-engraved metal shades by Matsuda ·
  • White Italian Collar Shirt ·
  • Grey V-neck sweater by Alexander Mcqueen (available at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations) ·
  • Necklaces from NYC Street Artist ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Black alligator watch band by Montblanc ·
  • Black leather loafers by Bally


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style


Photography by Alex Crawford