(from left to right) Burberry, Missoni, Tommy Hilfiger

Turtlenecks have long been the black sheep of the knit world, but as functionality becomes more and more relevant in fashion, the stigma behind them has faded away. No longer solely for the artsy, sailor, or cockboy type, turtlenecks have been reclaimed as something a normal dude can rock alone or layered. Example: A thin version paired with a blazer is a cool alternative to a shirt and tie. And if sport coats aren't your cup of tea, use a denim or Baracuta jacket (as pictured above) for a less formal substitute. Now that you know it's OK to wear one, we'll show you what a proper turtleneck looks like. See below for the 7 best turtleneck sweaters of the season...

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CALVIN KLEIN SWEATER
Click here to Buy It Now at Macy's, $49
J.CREW CASHMERE TURTLENECK
Click here to Buy It Now at J.Crew, $198

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RALPH LAUREN MERINO TURTLENECK
Click here to Buy It Now at Ralph Lauren, $249
TOMMY HILFIGER HERRINGBONE TURTLENECK
Click here to Buy It Now at Tommy Hilfiger, $44

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S.N.S HERNING WOOL FISHERMAN SWEATER
Click here to Buy It Now at S.N.S Herning, $297
ORVIS TWEED CABLE TURTLENECK
Click here to Buy It Now at Orvis, $198

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OPENING CEREMONY TURTLENECK CARDIGAN
Click here to Buy It now at Opening Ceremony, $84

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