When Justin Timberlake’s Filthy single dropped, fans around the world were expecting something a little different. Perhaps it was the fact that his new album is called “Man of the Woods”, or the fact that his wife Jessica Biel commented that the album “sounded like trees”.

What the fans got, sounded more like something out of his FutureSex/LoveSounds album. True, Timberlake’s Filthy has more futuristic beats thanks to producer Timbaland. The resemblance though, is uncanny. But who’s listening to the music when the music video for “Filthy” is more intriguing?

In the music video, Timberlake takes on a role that looks suspiciously like Steve Jobs. From the wire-rimmed glasses to the turtleneck jumper, the style is reminiscent of the late Apple co-founder. We’d bet our money that Timberlake has better moves, though. The music video also features a dancing robot, a nod towards the imminent dystopian future of artificial intelligence amidst all the smart technology that we have in our hands today.

Unlike Jobs’ plain black turtleneck jumper, Timberlake takes on a more preppy look with a varsity-like striped-neck jumper from Todd Snyder. This modern take on the turtleneck looks less like the leading men of the silver screen back in the 70s and more wearable for today’s street style era.

Plus, the recent spate of rainy weather makes wearing a turtleneck in our country more bearable now, if not comfortable. Nothing feels more snug than a turtleneck sweater in the office while nursing a hot cup of tea. Read on for 10 modern turtlenecks renditions to shop for.

1
Tomas Maier cashmere turtleneck

Slipping on this turtleneck will feel like plush luxury, thanks to the cashmere material. It’s plain black, but its lower turtleneck style keeps it looking modern and not stuffy.

RM3,700.90, Farfetch

2
Versace turtleneck jumper

When you want to wear a printed turtleneck jumper but don’t want to risk looking like a contestant for “best ugly Christmas sweater” award, stick to monochromatic prints. The plain black collar and cuffs keep things looking professional.

RM1,389.84, Versace

3
Bottega Veneta latte wool cashmere sweater

Clean, white, and crisp — just ensure that your lunchtime plans do not include any gravy. This basic turtleneck also gets a modern take with the zipper detail on the collar down to the shoulders.

RM5,599.41, Bottega Veneta

4
Calvin Klein 205 W39 NYC sweater

This sweater may look basic, yet it’s not quite the case with the subtle white embroidery just below the left breast. Because it’s Calvin Klein 205 W39 NYC, it gives you just that bit of street edge, not unlike Kanye.

RM3,837, Club 21

5
Jo No Fui turtleneck sweater

Get a chance at playing the cool varsity guy with this embroidered badge turtleneck top. The slim-cut adds definition to your body, but you will still feel snug and comfortable.

RM5,735.59, Farfetch

6
Lanvin turtleneck jumper

Similar to the Todd Snyder jumper that Timberlake sported, this Lanvin jumper also adds a subtle touch of difference to an otherwise plain black jumper. The orange rim around the neck gives you the illusion of a neckline that may have otherwise disappeared from the turtleneck.

RM1,497.98, Melium

7
Marni turtleneck sweater

If you’re afraid to test the waters of printed sweaters, a basic striped number will never go wrong. This Marni piece is a great example, and it also brings it from basic striped to modern with its differently-coloured cuffs.

RM1,570.08, Farfetch

8
P. Johnson slim fit turtleneck sweater

However, if you would like to channel a Bond character in the 70s, you can try this sweater for good measure. It comes in a deep oxblood colour and higher turtleneck. Pair with a plaid suit for maximum 70s style.

RM1,053.91, Mr Porter

9
Paul Smith cashmere turtleneck sweater

Paul Smith doesn’t just do quirky prints — times like these, they do a subtly elegant print pretty well too. If black isn’t your colour of choice when it comes to a turtleneck sweater, try a deep green hue instead.

RM2,455.25, Club 21

10
Salle Privee Aiden slim-fit roll neck sweater

Here’s a turtleneck sweater that you can’t go wrong with. The singular hue and slim-fit makes it professional enough to head into the office with, yet you’ll retain all sense of comfort.

RM1,652.75, Mr Porter

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.