Item of the week: the V-neck sweater

What is it:

While the crew neck jumper has dominated menswear in recent years, the classic V-neck is on the rise and was particularly popular at the SS23 menswear shows. The V-neck sweater, often knitted or cotton, has a low neckline and is often associated with preppy fashion trends. This is especially evident in the Argyle motifs or hems, such as cricket jerseys, as well as college-style appliqué patches and embellishments.

photo: Rafaella

Why you want it:

The V-neck sweater is in many cases made of a thin fabric, making it suitable for every season, whether as a stand-alone piece, as an item for the evening or as part of a layered look. We often find the look in genderless styles, and it can be worn by anyone. That gives consumers some freedom of choice. It also fits in well with current fashion trends that appeal to younger consumers looking for ‘retro’ or ‘vintage’ designs from the noughties or earlier.

Foto: United Colors of Benetton

Where is it spotted:

In the SS23 menswear collections, the V-neck sweater often appeared with a dramatic low neckline, especially striking in the Dries van Noten line, which stayed true to the preppy, sporty style. Dolce & Gabbana also opted for a deep V, but used a printed T-shirt that added a touch of glam rock to the catwalk look. Paul Smith and Ami, on the other hand, opted for more vintage-inspired styles, with Paul Smith presenting striped spencers while Ami incorporated the Argyle motif into the design. In women’s fashion, the V-neck sweater has appeared several times, most prominently in the show of Miu Miu, another brand that opted for the preppy look. The sweater was styled with the label’s now iconic mini skirt and was further combined with sheer turtlenecks, slim scarves and oversized coats.

Foto: Jack and Jones

How to style it:

You can style the V-neck sweater in different ways, making it appear more or less formal. You do this by using layers. On its own, the sweater can be paired well with different trouser styles, especially elegant, loose trousers for an effortless outfit with simple lines. For simple layers, opt for a colored t-shirt underneath so the neckline shows, and add layers of jewelry for a more dressy look. Shirts, contrasting turtlenecks or silk scarves can also serve as a layer and each provide a completely different look.

Photo: Stella McCartney

The V-neck is a look that has become a lot more popular in recent years and now directly competes with the crew neck for a prominent place in fashion. Thanks to its place within current trends, the V-neckline now appeals to young consumers, while offering mature customers a classic, sophisticated style. consumers with a classic, refined style.

Photo: Babista

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This article originally appeared on Translation and adaptation into Dutch by Wendela van den Broek.

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