Staple #9: The V-Neck Sweater

Arguably one of, if not the, most versatile pieces you can have in your wardrobe, the V-neck sweater is usable in every season. It’s great for layering in the winter and is just warm enough to thrown on after sunset at the beach without overheating you during the summer. It works under a business suit and can stand all alone. It’s even a great cheater piece if the rest of your clothes don’t fit.

Few things look as put together as a three-piece suit. The waistcoat ups the formality and also helps draw attention away from the chest and toward the face. Adding an odd vest to an existing suit can be tricky so a sweater is usually a safer bet. It can accomplish the same effect as the vest and do it with more suits at a cheaper price.


The sweater also helps in the transition from office to lounge if you don’t have time to go home and change. Just ditch the tie and the sweater can help increase the Low in your High/Low look off hours.


Early Spring and early Fall are the most difficult times to dress well. Transitioning from cold to warm weather and vice versa requires a good mix of both elements and the right touch. With it being early Spring now, it’s time to start ditching the winter coat but the early and late hours can still be pretty cold. This is where layering is your best bet and the sweater is a great option for this. Throw it on with a scarf, hat, and a pair of gloves to keep warm before the sun’s fully up.


Speaking of layering, it’s the best way to handle flying. The temperature where you’re leaving is rarely the same as where you’re landing and there never seems to be any consistency in how things are regulated when you’re in the cabin. A sweater is a layer that’s easy to add or take off and even easier to stash in your bag. Even if it’s the middle of summer and you’re traveling to and from somewhere warm, you want one on the plane.

And even if you’re not traveling it’s ideal for that business-casual look that’s so hard to pull off stylishly.


A sweater is also great as a standalone piece. Most men will take the hoodie route and blend in with the frat boys but a sweater will help you stand out. Throw it on over nothing else and the V shape will frame your face while the material won’t be too hot or too cold. It’s as comfortable as a T for lounging around on a weekend or even tossing the ball around.



As per usual, you can find these in any price range. I have a great cashmere sweater I only wear on certain occasions. The one in the pictures above? $15 at H&M.

PS. I’m carrying in every picture in this shoot.

Meet The Author

Tanner is the founder and primary author of Masculine Style. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and two kids, and helps run Beckett & Robb - a men's clothing company built around custom suits and shirts.


Dirt Man

I love a good v-neck, I have several and they never let me down. I get warm easy so I can’t wear them as much in summer but if you’re like me and work in an overly air-conditioned office you can wear them year round. Nice post, good pics.

Carl Sagan

I’m digging the blue trousers in the last pic. In fact those pants MAKE that look. In a sea of baggy distressed denim jeans and over sized t-shirts and sweaters that apparently passes for most men’s “casual wear” these days you definitely stand out in a good way.

The pics were really well done. You should start you own “look book”.


Nice. I’m a bigger fan of 4 o’clock IWB but still having a tough time printing while wearing clothes that fit. I don’t often wear jackets or sweaters (especially in the summer in the south) so it’s even a little more difficult. I notice you do a little leather work – ever thought about making your own carry holster(s)? Would be cool to see something w/ a little style even if the intent is not to see it 99% of the time.


How long should the sleeves be on a sweater? Is it acceptable to have any stacking at the wrists?


Good question. Thicker and more casual sweaters should be long enough that they’ll hit the wrists on their own. Thinner and dressier sweaters that can be worn in business situations should fit like a jacket – showing about a quarter inch of your shirt cuffs.

John P. Humpage

I know that square-toes shoes are a big no-no, but how square is square? In the photo of you leaning against the pillar, it appears the shoes you are wearing are slightly squared at the toe.


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