September is an exciting month for fashion and nightlife. Now that the seasons are changing, we can look forward to wearing real clothes again. This makes the nightlife even more fun, including dinner, cocktail, concerts, theater, clubs, gallery openings and a range of special occasions—and who doesn’t love seeing a guy in his “go out” clothes? Getting dressed for a night is half the fun.
I’m well aware that these days we dress very casually—sometimes downright adolescent—but for that special tier of men who are…well, men…I seek to inspire with a dominating trend for fall: the turtleneck. It’s everywhere, from Tom Ford’s excellent 2015-2016 collection to the James Bond promo poster for Spectre.
The turtleneck is conjuring up nostalgic references from previous James Bond eras and Steve McQueen at his peak. Better yet, it’s incredibly easy to wear. On a crisp fall evening this item can be paired with a range of jacket and pant styles to achieve easy looks for guys who want to be on their game.
I’ve searched out some good looking turtlenecks to add to your wardrobe this fall starting with Ralph Lauren’s Black Label fine-gauge knit turtleneck sweater for $395, selling at Barney’s. This sweater is 100 percent merino wool and dry clean only with a rib-knit turtleneck, cuffs and bottom. A staple for any wardrobe, it can be layered with a dinner jacket, a leather jacket, a denim jacket or worn on its own.
If your looking for something to add dimension to your wardrobe, Barney’s also carries this John Varvatos turtleneck sweater in merlot for $398. It’s a wide rib-knit wool-cashmere turtleneck sweater styled at shoulders with black leather trim in 70 percent wool and 30 percent cashmere…to cozy up to.
To round out this perfect turtleneck wardrobe for fall, I have another great staple: The Kooples Herringbone Wool Turtleneck Sweater for $255 . It has a jacquard pattern and inside-out seam detail in 100 percent Merino wool. This item can be worn with trousers or jeans. The herringbone is traditional, but the inside-out seam is edgy and cool so it raises the style I.Q. making your job easier when putting an outfit together.
As excited as I am about the turtleneck trend for men, it was still harder to find items than I expected. (And no, those turtlenecks at L.L. Bean a la Steve jobs don’t count, Mr. Normcore.) This makes the hunt a little harder, but it is a good sign, because it means we’re way ahead of it. Items you buy now will be in style for quite a while as it catches on.