Winter Essentials for Men: Turtleneck Sweaters


It is January, and we’re smack-dab in the middle of Winter here in Ottawa, Canada (average high-temperature low-temperature of -14.8°C (5.4°F)). Consequently, what you wear during sub-zero Winter months is incredibly important. For instance, certain items are absolute must-haves to remain stylish and warm. Don’t know where to start? This is part one of Winter style inspiration for the modern man.

Turtleneck Sweaters

Timeless versatility, a turtleneck is an essential Winter garment for the modern man. Certain items are absolute must-haves to remain stylish and warm. A turtleneck sweater epitomizes the swagger of cold-weather style.

Merino Wool

Merino wool is a natural fiber grown by Merino sheep. It is soft, thin and warm and helps keep your body at a stable temperature. Extremely easy to pair; layer under a sports jacket or team it with jeans for a laid-back look. An absolute must-have for Winter.

Image of men wearing turtleneck sweater.
Layer under a check-suit – lovely contrast between Grey and Navy.

Pictured on the left is a Camel turtleneck sweater from Spier and Mackay. Made from 100% 2-Ply Australian Merino Wool. Anti-pill with ribbed collar. Love it so much that I own 4 pairs: Dark Brown, Navy, and Forrest Green.

Cable Knit Turtleneck

Certain items are absolute must-haves to remain stylish and warm.
White Marshmallow color, layered under an Emerald Green sportscoat.

The Cable Knit pattern is dramatic and eye-catching. Cabling means knitting stitches in a different order resulting in a series of interlocked patterns such as the Argyle Knit pattern. Often bulkier and heavier, the Cable Knit turtleneck is another must-have for Winter.

As pictured above, White Marshmallow Argyle Stitch turtleneck sweater from RW&CO. Worn under an Emerald Green sportscoat. To bring it together, accessorized with the Classico White Linen Pocket Square. Disclaimer, this particular sweater is 60% Cotton, 30% Nylon and 10% Wool. Generally I would advise against synthetic fibers such as Nylon.

Cashmere Turtleneck

Certain items are absolute must-haves to remain stylish and warm.
Dark Red Cashmere turtleneck for tasteful bold statement.

Cashmere is a type of wool which comes from the soft undercoat of goats bred to produce the wool. It’s the strongest, warmest and softest form of wool. While turtleneck sweaters are reserved for colder months, it is perfectly fine to introduce complementary colors. I particularly love this Dark Red color, worn under a Camel topcoat for just enough pop.  

The fine details

Fit: opt for the classic fit, which is slimmer through the body – NOT tight.

Fabric: natural fibers such as wool (merino, cashmere), and cotton over synthetic fabrics such as Nylon.

Weight: different weights to consider for layering.

Finish: rib-knit and pill resistant for longevity.

FOTY Lookbook Style Tip: Invest in high quality, natural fibers turtleneck sweaters. Quality fabric will feel good on the skin, keep you warm and while looking stylish.