As the seasons change and the weather begins to cool, we all naturally reach for sweaters and sweatshirts to keep warm. While those sartorial options have and will always remain as viable options, it’s fun to change up the routine and interject your wardrobe with something fun, bold and new.
Often seen as a somewhat stuffy and boring, turtleneck sweaters have had a resurgence as of late, becoming an easy way to tell the world that you’re a refined and stylish dresser. If a turtleneck sweater is stylish enough for James Bond, it’s worth working into your cold weather repertoire. Designers have started to get bold with turtlenecks, making them in all kinds of luxury fabrics, across all different kinds of price points; there’s an option for everyone. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite turtleneck sweaters to wear this fall. Don’t hesitate—just grab one and layer it under every single jacket you own. You’ll thank us later.
1. H&M Fine-Knit Turtleneck Sweater
If you’re not sure whether or not a turtleneck sweater is for you, H&M’s offering is a great entry-level option to try out. At $25, it costs less than a date to the movies! While it’s not as warm as some of the other selections on this list, it’s great to wear right as temperatures start to dip. Give it a whirl and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
2. Calvin Klein Turtleneck Sweater
If you’ve already got a turtleneck sweater and want something that’s just a bit different, this Calvin Klein sweater is great basic to work into your wardrobe. The colored sleeve stripes give the piece a bit of a pop without being too overwhelming. We recommend pairing with a pair of dark jeans and a navy blazer for a classy, yet stylish, look.
3. H&M Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater
If you’re already a convert to the church of turtlenecks and are looking for the next step along the path, H&M’s merino wool sweater is a warmer upgrade from you most likely already own. Merino wool is some of the warmest fabric around and does a great job at naturally regulating body temperatures. It’s also incredibly soft, which means it’ll be comfortable to wear all day long.
4. Armani Exchange Holiday Turtleneck Sweater
Despite its namesake, we don’t think there’s anything about this sweater from Armani Exchange that feels like it should only be relegated to holiday parties or tacky sweater parties. We all know that patterns and graphics aren’t uncommon to see on a normal sweater, so it’s not out of the ordinary to see them on a turtleneck sweater. Made from a cotton and wool blend for both comfort and warmth, this sweater is primed and ready for holiday wear, but it could—and definitely should—be worn all winter long.
5. BOSS Tenore Turtleneck Sweater
Exclusive to Bloomingdale’s, this cotton BOSS turtleneck sweater comes in a vibrant hue that will easily spice up an otherwise boring and dearly winter day. The electric blue hue will add a rich pop of color to an outfit, especially when layered (a nice camel topcoat paired with this would look great, for example). Soft and slim, it’s cut like James Bond himself would wear it.
6. Harmony Wynn Turtleneck Sweater
A tan turtleneck sweater is as close to a classic staple as you can you get. It’s a neutral that pairs well with a variety of different shades (darker colors like black and navy immediately jump to mind) and it’s a versatile option to have in your wardrobe. This particular version is from Harmony, a French brand that prides themselves on creating high-quality, luxury pieces at affordable prices. The ribbed cuffs, collar and bottom help to add detailing to what’s already an elegant sweater.
7. Maison Kitsuné Wool Turtleneck Sweater
A touch of subtlety can go a long way. That’s the case with Maison Kitsuné, as they very casually works their beloved fox into a number of their pieces, making it a frequent motif in the French brand’s line. In this case, it adds a dash of character to an already rich moss green wool turtleneck sweater. Cut slim for a tailored look, it will pair well with a majority of fall staples—but we’d recommend dark denim, tweed dress pants, khakis or even tossing it under a suit to complete the look.
8. Lardini Striped Wool Turtleneck Sweater
A striped sweater of any kind is a great way to add a bit of color to an outfit, while have something that feels a bit more trendy. This Lardini turtleneck has a nice collegiate feel, evoking vibes of a post-Thanksgiving family football games. The teal stripe pops nicely with the navy wool, creating a bit of pleasant contrasting color blocking. Made from 100% wool, it’s sure to keep you nice and warm long past the post-pigskin game.
9. Inis Meáin Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater
Named after and located on the Irish isle that shares its name, Inis Meáin has been crafting quality knitwear since the mid-1970s. Drawing on the island’s rich history of knitting quality sweaters for the local fisherman, the brand has continually crafted high-quality products that are made for rugged conditions. This cable-knit wool turtleneck sweater is infused with the typical stylings of a fisherman’s sweater, evident in the intricate chest detailing, while also keeping incredibly warm. There’s structure and heft to this sweater, the trademarks of a product that’s built to last for a long, long while.
10. Missoni Space-Dyed Wool Turtleneck Sweater
Full of vibrant colors and an incredibly striking pattern, this Missoni wool sweater gets its namesake from an interesting production process. To space dye something is to take the yarn that goes into a sweater and dye it with several different kinds of colors along the individual strand of the yarn to give it a multicolored effect. This process also helps to yield that stripe pattern that’s long been the brand’s signature. Of course, this labor-intensive process drives up the cost, but the result is a turtleneck that’s bound to keep you incredibly warm—while looking cool as hell.