Dandy & Dapper

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 November, 2010, 12:00am

I like the idea of turtleneck jumpers under jackets but I'm worried it'll look cheesy. Any tips?

Mr Dandy: Avoid looking dated by keeping it minimal. I think it's a great look for winter and an easy alternative to a shirt and scarf. Go for it. Treat yourself to the full luxury experience at Herm?s, which has amazing cashmere and cashmere-silk-blend turtlenecks (from HK$11,200; The Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay, tel: 2907 2974). Also look in Gucci and Jil Sander. By the way, a 1990s mock turtleneck is an entirely different issue: let's hope it never comes back. Burberry's military-style jumpers in army green have brass buttons running up the neck but they're still OK (HK$5,300; Alexandra House, Central, tel: 2868 3511).

Mr Dapper: That's all well and good but Hong Kong rarely gets cold enough to wear a jumper as a shirt. Which begs the question, what are you going to wear underneath it? A T-shirt would make a pretty shabby next layer and a button-down would bunch up. A turtleneck jumper doesn't require ironing, so it's great for travelling. We like the subtle luxury of Loro Piana, which has really soft versions in fine gauge and chunky knit baby cashmere (HK$9,800 to HK$13,000; Chater House, Central, tel: 2868 9623). If all you want is a wool turtleneck, pick one up at Zara for HK$399 (Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 0070).