Before we discuss the mockneck, we need to talk about its close cousin, the rollneck. In recent seasons, this high-necked knit has become something of a staple in men’s wardrobes: an easy-to-wear alternative to a shirt that, whether worn with a suit or jeans, gives a luxe, cosy, slightly mysterious vibe to any outfit (if it were human at a party, it would talk about French New Wave cinema in a non-pretentious way and be able to mix a good Negroni).
Camoshita sweater, £280 at mrporter.com
The mockneck is its shorter, unrolled relation. He hasn’t been out of the house since the Nineties, but his elusiveness makes him the cooler, edgier cousin at the party.
And for those of you who might think it’s a bit too trendy, let us stop you. Classic cashmere and wool versions in chunky cables and hefty melange knits featuring floppy funnel necklines are being made by classic, tailoring-focused labels like Dunhill, John Smedley and Incotex this season.
Artknit ‘The Eco-Cashmere Sweater’, £148 at bombinate.com
The construction of a mockneck is also more interesting than its double-folded cousin. Raglan shoulders are often the standard, giving extra snugness that makes your shoulders look instantly broader. This means the cut is perfect for short-sleeve models, as seen at Off-White and Nike, not to mention the all-black uniforms of staff at the uber-cool new Double Standard bar at The Standard in King’s Cross.
Better yet, the mockneck is just as sociable as its cousin, slipping nicely under both a zingy cardigan or a streamlined suit. Party on.
Deveaux cashmere sweater, £605 at matchesfashion.com