Turtleneck Trent

 

It's How I feel Sometimes

It’s How I feel Sometimes

“Hey Trent. Haven’t seen you in a while.”

“Hi. No, since I changed positions I don’t make it over here very often.”

“Where’s your turtleneck?”

“Huh? It must be a hundred degrees out there.”

“Yeah, but I thought you wore a turtleneck every day.”

Yes, I’ve had conversations like that. In fact, they seem to happen quite often. I guess my wardrobe is too predictable.

Why do I bring this up now?

On Tuesday I wore my first turtleneck of the season. There is a good chance I’ll wear a turtleneck for at least part of the day every day from now until late March. I’m in a turtleneck almost half of the year.

Think I’m exaggerating?

I’ve posted quite a few selfies and self-portraits on this blog. Try to guess the number of these pictures I’ve posted where I’m wearing something else besides a turtleneck. Give up? One.

I know, turtlenecks are not exactly the height of fashion. In fact it seems that more and more guys try to ignore the fact that it gets cold outside. Most of the people at work who don’t have to wear a suit continue with short sleeves the entire year. We’re talking New Hampshire here, not Florida.

I’m sure some smarty out there thinks I’m trying to imitate Steve Jobs. Well, I’ve been wearing turtlenecks since my college days, long before I knew Steve Jobs existed. I’m also talking full turtlenecks, not wimpy mock-turtlenecks. I also don’t just stick with black; I have turtlenecks in over half a dozen colors.

Yes, I do have black.

Trent

Trent

But also blue.

Trumpet Playing Trent

Trumpet Playing Trent

And red.

Selfie - Paris 2002

I’ve made pencil drawings of turtlenecks.

Trent Draw

I’ve made color pencil drawings too.

Self Portrait in Color Pencils - Trent P. McDonald

Self Portrait in Color Pencils – Trent P. McDonald

I’ve even painted turtlenecks in oils.

Half a Trent - Self Portrait in oils, manipulated digitally

And there are turtlenecks in my computer art.

Trent - Computer Paint

To me there is nothing more comfortable than a turtleneck, particularly when the temperature starts going south. I’ll continue to wear them no matter how often I’m teased about it.

Do you have any oddities of your wardrobe that you’ll never give up despite the strictures of fashion?

Note – all of the above pictures have been on past posts or pages.

30 thoughts on “Turtleneck Trent

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  6. phb2003

    my old friend from high school used to love turtlenecks – and they do have their appeal and “look” – I have a few – and actually have a small little 3 quarter sleeve one that is a thin cotton – and it is the kind of shirt that you could run errands in or go out to dinner with.
    and do you remember the printed turtlenecks – with little whales and whatnot?

    anyhow, in your pics above – the red one is pretty crazy with all the reflections – I do recall skimming this post (or maybe it was a different one) but for me – I think I shared that sometimes I breeze through posts and while doing so – can miss some stuff – but then other times I soak it all up – and that is just how blogging goes for me – anyhow – I bet folks know what yo get you for Christmas…. Ha!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I only like -certain – turtlenecks, so if it’s Christmas, well, they need to be careful ;) I always liked the reflection picture. I also sometimes skim posts – I follow a lot of people and often there’s not enough time to let it all soak in, so I totally understand.

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      1. phb2003

        yeah – I think with the world of blogging it is not disrespectful to do that – but I just make sure that I do not leave any forced comment – and I also do not just press like so much anymore –

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Yeah, there are a few times I’ve pressed like when I know I really didn’t get the picture. That’s a bad habit. But no comments unless I have something meaningful to add to the conversation.

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          1. phb2003

            yes, same here. also, as I become more familiar with the blogging world, I seem to know what to expect at certain blogs- and for those who write some hefty posts, well i visit them when i know I can read (or when I am in the mood to read their kinda stuff)

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  8. ginjuh

    This is my first winter with short hair, and my appreciate for turtlenecks has really increased. When I wear them, my husband always quotes a comedian who said turtlenecks feel like “being strangled by a really weak man.”

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Oh, I thought you were only going to be wearing shorts and a tee-shirt this winter… I know quite a few people who hate the feel of the material on their neck, though I haven’t heard the quote your husband uses. When it’s cold I think they’re indispensable.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Zee. I never write “laugh out loud” type of humor so I’m glad someone noticed the funny side. It gets real cold here too so I’m surprised more people don’t wear them. I mean some do, but you’re more apt to see them at ski resorts than every day on the street.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Karen. I’m also in IT. When I started we had to wear a tie every day. I’m glad those days are gone, though in some ways I felt more like I left work if I had to change when I got home.

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      1. Karen

        There is a workaround, Trent: wear different colours for work…
        My colleagues know that I am in a very good mood when wearing green and/or black. They should take cover if there is a white article of clothing. The other colours are rather neutral. Pink is a definite no-go…

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  9. Ina

    You look good in a turtleneck. I don’t like to wear them, feels like choking. My children would never wear anything tight over their heads, I was told it reminds children of their birth lol. I always wear jeans, ever since my mother gave in when I was 12 and I was allowed to wear them. Before that glorious day she would make my dresses, so I have never worn a dress since. :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Ina. I know a lot of people who don’t like the way turtlenecks feel. I don’t notice. Even if I have one on my neck gets cold on frigid days, below 15 F/ -10 C, and I have to wear a scarf. I know a lot of women who don’t wear dresses however I’m not sure if they stopped wearing them at 12.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I know a few women who never ever wear skirts or dresses. My wife used to wear one about once a year for special occasions but I don’t think she does that anymore. In many ways the world has become much more casual. At one time I had to wear a tie to work (I changed into my turtleneck the second I got home). Later it was khakis and a nice shirt. Now they don’t care as long as I don’t offend somebody. Actually, I now telework two days a week and can wear nothing on those days, but I still faithfully wear my turtlenecks.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I agree, part of blogging is learning about people and cultures. I’m not sure what you got out of a silly post like this, but I’m glad you found something.

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  10. pennylanethoughts

    I really like your first pic here in the black turtleneck, with your hair a little messy! :) Don’t let people get to you, the turtleneck suits you!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Penny! That’s my favorite “selfie”. I don’t let it worry me too much. Some of these people will tease me about something anyway and better my apparel, which I don’t care about, than some hot-button topic. Not that they would – it’s friendly teasing, not bullying. And if I some how become famous, my turtlenecks can become my trademark.

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