It’s almost sweater weather. Or is it? One day in New York City it’s 67 degrees, and then the next it’s pushing 90. If only the Real New York could experience the idyllic, seemingly permanent fall that the Roy family does on Succession. A fall in which sweaters don’t make us sweat because we don’t have to take the subway, a fall in which a long wool coat is comfortable over said sweaters.
Anyway, my point is: hats off to Succession’s costume designers, who clearly did their research. They know that employees in a media office (even the executives!) need sweaters because it gets cold. At Waystar Royco, this is both literal and figurative, since a “fuck off!” from Logan Roy can send life-threatening shivers down one’s spine.
So here are the most iconic Succession sweaters, ranked. This isn’t a spoiler, but it’s mostly turtleneck-queen Shiv and her partner, Tom. And don’t expect to see Roman on this list: His poor torso has never known the comfort of a sweater on this program.
19. Shiv’s oversize print, “Shit Show at the Fuck Factory”
This holiday-print kint is incredibly off-brand for Shiv. She would never be caught in this now, not even when lounging around her apartment, a thing she doesn’t have time for anymore anyway! She’s a She-EO in the making, and lounging is not on the itinerary. In fact, it’s even a little bit off-brand for her back at the beginning of the show, which makes me wonder if she borrowed this from Tom. A man raised in the Midwest, Tom is really the only person on Succession who would own such a garment. Shiv is not — and I doubt she ever has been — the kind of person who owns an oversize knit with pine trees on it. I’m sure she was grateful to Tom for lending this to her, though, because it’s an ideal piece for when you’re stuck in the same clothes for 48 hours and in a hospital waiting room.
18. Shiv’s white turtleneck, “Vaulter”
White is a little too pure for Shiv, who is at this point a human Dementor. She looks great in this, but she doesn’t look comfortable bringing this much light into the world.
17. Kendall’s sad sweater, “Nobody Is Ever Missing”
Kendall wears this heavy crewneck the morning after committing manslaughter, as one does! This looks nice but Jeremy Strong makes it look as if Kendall is wearing a sweater made of insulation that he stole from a house the Property Brothers were renovating (one with asbestos, which Rhea’s dad knows all about).
16. Logan’s “I’m telling my son I know about the manslaughter” sweater, “Nobody Is Ever Missing”
This might be the same sweater as Logan’s opening-credits one but in a different color. I also buy the same item in multiple colors when I really like it. The further I get into writing this post about Succession sweaters, the more I realize I have in common with Logan Roy. I am having an identity crisis and must take a long break during which I really think about whether I’m a good person.
15. Shiv’s navy turtleneck, “Argestes”
Shiv’s formfitting navy turtleneck is the same as usual, but it’s notable here because it’s paired with exquisite wide-legged plaid trousers with a paper-bag waist. The image of her walking in this look with the water and mountains behind her will never escape me. Also in this look, Shiv makes a bold, correct fashion statement: Black and navy go together.
14. Logan’s marled-blue cardi, “The Summer Palace”
Smug and snug. This man really has a brand.
13. Greg’s green cable knit, “Argestes”
Cousin Greg wore beige sweaters. Cousin Gregory wears green sweaters.
12. Stewy’s fluffy cream turtleneck, “Argestes”
Stewy’s Pinterest board is obviously flooded with images of Siobhan Roy. And honestly, it works for him! The suede jacket is the real star here, though.
11. Connor’s marled pullover, “Austerlitz”
Connor’s longing to connect with his father shows in his clothes — specifically. in his sweaters, because he tends to wear similar ones to Logan’s. That’s sweet and sad, but Connor is also a monster in his own way. Will he be the first president to wear a sweater for his official portrait instead of a suit? I hope we never get there.
10. Tom’s black turtleneck, “I Went to Market”
The fit and structure of this constricting turtletom (a turtleneck worn by Tom Wambsgans) demonstrates how he’s feeling: He’s in the midst of hiding everything he knows about cruises and hiding that he’s destroying the evidence of it, and he feels conflicted about both. It’s a good look for Tom, but it also looks as though it cuts off his circulation in the neck, arms, and waist. I just want poor, horrible Tom to give up and go back to the Twin Cities to live the rest of his days in oversize turtletoms knitted by his mother.
9. Willa in Connor’s pullover, “Austerlitz”
Willa is wearing the same gray pullover Connor wears earlier in this episode. What a disturbing act of affection for her … boss. Depressingly (???), Willa happens to look great in this.
8. Greg’s Thanksgiving cable knit, “I Went to Market”
This cable knit is appropriate for the occasion, which is shredding evidence of crime cover-ups on cruises on Thanksgiving Day. This sweater is probably from the Gap, and we love that for Greg.
7. Shiv’s ribbed gray turtleneck, “The Summer Palace”
The ribbed turtleneck adds some unexpected texture for Siobhan. When in the Hamptons, I guess? I have lived in New York City for six years and have never been, so I do not know what people wear in the Hamptons, particularly in fall or winter. But this feels appropriate. When it gets colder, I will purchase a cheaper version of this top from Forever 21 — I apologize in advance.
6. Tom’s weekend-retreat cardi, “Tern Haven”
Tom’s textured gray sweater provides all the warmth I wish I could give to him personally. As season two goes on, his clothes get a bit darker — he’s opting for cloudy grays over the brighter beiges he used to wear. His descent into darkness is rapid, and we can only hope Cousin Gregory pulls him out.
5. Logan’s opening credits sweater
Logan Roy’s affinity for chunky cable knits is his one and only redeeming quality. It’s not fair — he’s a monster, but he gets to slip into cashmere whenever he wants? This sable cardigan is Logan’s go-to office sweater. He’s wearing it in a Waystar boardroom at the end of the show’s opening credits, and he wears it in several office scenes in seasons one and two. Like most women, Logan has a go-to sweater at the office throughout the year, which I’m sad to say is incredibly relatable. Someone needs to turn up the temperature on the executive floor because Logan Roy does not deserve the sweaters he owns.
4. Geri’s blanket sweater, “Hunting”
Geri, 100 percent goddess, glides around the morning after Boar on the Floor in this divine camel blanket sweater. Even after a “fruity” evening surrounded by backstabbing fools, Geri prioritizes comfort.
3. Shiv’s black turtleneck, “Vaulter”
Siobhan Roy was born wearing a body-conscious turtleneck and a gold-coin necklace.
2. Tom’s Hamptons chunky knit, “The Summer Palace”
Ahh, another turtletom! He’s finally feeling a little more comfortable breaking out his Midwestern style around the Roys. You really do love to see it. This chunky monkey is a vision on Tom Wambsgans.
1. Shiv’s backless turtleneck, “Dundee”
From the front, this is a standard sweater. Shiv Roy in yet another formfitting turtleneck … typical! But as the camera moves unpredictably because of all the improv on this program, you realize there’s something different about this top. Shiv is all covered in front, but you can sort of see her shoulders? And — oh my God — her entire back is bare, à la Hilary Swank’s 2005 Oscars dress.
How does it stay up? Who cares. This orgasmic Shiv staple says “Fuck off!” to having a back. I request a diagram of how the costume department taped her boobs.