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HOW TO WEAR A V-NECK SWEATER
Sweaters are a wardrobe staple for most men, particularly during the cooler months, from cardigans to crew neck all sweaters create different dimensions to your favourite outfits.
Layers, layers, layers - you’ll know by now we love to shout about layering your AP favourites - and the v-neck reigns supreme when talking about layering, regardless of your outfit. For example; if you’re rocking the shirt and tie combo, the v-neck shows off the tie and collar. Even if you’re bold enough to wear the v-neck on its own, it typically looks smarter than other sweaters.
TIPS FOR STYLING A V-NECK SWEATER
Though we aren’t here to tell you exactly how to wear your favourite v-neck, we have got some tips and tricks to help you find the perfect style and keep the v neck looking sharp.
Start with choosing a style and size that fits well. The body of a sweater should fit your torso and arms lightly without being tight enough to show the time you’ve spent in the gym (unless of course that’s the look you’re going for!).
The bottom hem should hit about 2 inches below your belt buckle, to give you enough room for movement. Though with many statement belts on the market, we know some of you love to tuck in slightly to show off your accessories!
We love versatile and classic pieces which will become staples in your wardrobe, and that you can build the rest of your outfits around. The v-neck sweater is the epitome of that, by being a great layering piece, or made as a statement piece on its own.
WAYS TO WEAR A V-NECK SWEATER
The go to look when you’re rocking a v-neck sweater: over a white dress shirt, a combination that will never let you down.
The framing of your v-neck sweater will show off the collar but make sure you’ve ironed it before you head out! Pair with navy chinos for a classic look. To add a little bit of edge you could add a pair of black Chelsea boots. A timeless style!
Alternatively, combine your Chelsea boots, shirt and v-neck with a pair of jeans for a more relaxed evening outfit.
Perhaps you’re a sweater and chino kind of guy, but not into Chelsea boots - no matter, try beige or our favourite wine chinos with a pair of beige desert boots. A great autumnal look for work or play!
OUTSIDE OF THE NORM
We must warn you that our next style choice isn’t for everyone, but for those of you who like to play around with your style and go outside of the norm try your v-neck sweater on it’s own! Balance the look with some more conservative pieces, perhaps a pair of loafers and wool trousers in a contrasting colour.
If you like the sound of this combination but aren’t sure about wearing the sweater solo, add one of our cotton tees under for simple, but elegant style.
Thinking even more casual? Keep your v-neck sweater on top; pair with your favourite pair of jeans and trainers. A great weekend outfit, whether you’re jetting off on a city break or staying more local with a group of friends!
The next way is to dress down one of your favourite suits. Try switching the shirt and tie for a simple dress shirt and add your v-neck over the top, for a grey suit you could try a pale blue shirt with a black v-neck over.
This creates a nice warm look during the cooler months, but remaining an equal mix of smart and casual at the same time. Of course, you can wear your v-neck over your shirt and tie with your favourite suit for really smart, occasion look.
LAYER WITH TWEED
Our final way to style a v-neck sweater (for now!) makes a great option to wear some dark denim for a business casual look. Try wearing a classic navy v-neck under a smart tweed blazer.
Pair with your favourite dark denim jeans and brown dress shoes for a smart casual look which takes you from day to night.
V-neck sweaters aren’t just for autumn/winter, they’re great additions to your spring/summer wardrobe too! Worn on its own or with a light linen shirt under, you can pair with chino trousers or shorts on warmer days.
Another look which highlights the versatility of the v-neck sweater.
The great thing about style is that you just wear things that YOU love, expressing yourself with these kinds of looks must be executed with confidence - including the look of a v-neck with nothing under it! Discover all of our v-neck's today and find a layer than can be worn with any style.