Turtlenecks’ younger, trendier step-siblings, mock necks are growing in popularity among athletes and businesspeople alike.
“Mock neck apparel was really ignited by Tiger Woods wearing them at the peak of his career,” says Steve Pinzon, CA, AZ and NV representative for Akwa (asi/33280). “Golf had traditionally only allowed collared polos, so it was quite a departure from the traditional norm. It became cool in the golf universe and translated over into corporate casual.”
According to Pinzon, the mock-neck look appeals to corporate America because of its comfort and versatility. “It can be worn alone with golf shorts, or with a sport coat/slacks, and look equally at home,” he says.
There are several options for decorating mock necks, and location choices aren’t limited to a left-chest logo, though that location is still popular. “Because it’s a lighter material, small embroidered logos can be used. Screen printing (poly inks) or sublimation (on flat fabrics) can also be used successfully,” Pinzon says. And, unlike classic cotton turtlenecks of yesteryear, mock necks tend to be fashion-forward with performance properties, as the products in this showcase demonstrate.
Available from Atlantic Coast Cotton (asi/37355; circle 89 on Free Info Card), the Jonathan Corey Short Sleeve Mock Turtleneck (400) is a performance top with moisture-management properties, 100% polyester piqué, and double-needle hemmed sleeves and bottom.
Landway (asi/66238; circle 96 on Free Info Card), the Ladies’ Paragon Jacket (9612) is a 96% polyester/4% spandex performance soft-shell, wind- and water-resistant and highly breathable.
This Women’s Pima Mock Neck Sweater (SG-012) from STORMTECH Performance Apparel (asi/89864; circle 88 on Free Info Card) is a full-zip mock-neck sweater with a zippered sleeve pocket and Pima cotton interlock classic styling. Available from