Turtlenecks are warm, cozy and versatile. But if you’ve never worn one before, styling one might seem intimidating. Luckily, with a few tips and a little experimenting, you can use turtlenecks to elevate almost any outfit.
Stick with more neutral colors when you’re just starting out.
Chunky turtlenecks in intricate knits and weaves can add unnecessary bulk to a winter look. Instead, grab one in a thinner fabric like merino wool or cashmere that hugs the body.
MATCH THE OCCASION
Thinner knit turtlenecks work for formal looks, while chunkier knits are good for casual outfits.
If you’re not yet on board the turtleneck train, the time is now. The classic sweater is the epitome of great cold-weather style. It’s comfy, it’s warm and it makes every outfit look like you tried a little harder than you actually may have.
Try not to overcomplicate your outfits when you’re wearing a turtleneck.
Balance a slim-fitting turtleneck with wide-legged or boot-cut pants. If you’ve been looking for the perfect top for a pair of straight pants, a slim-fitting, lightweight turtleneck might be the answer.
A raw or unfinished hem might be a subtle detail, but it can ruin the whole outfit. Stick with classic ones.
THREE LOOKS TO WEAR A TURTLENECK:
Layer your turtleneck under a long vest for a look that’s instantly stylish. Long cardigans are cool already, but when you wear one over a turtleneck, you get a look that’s both sophisticated and effortless.
Let’s get the most obvious and controversial look out of the way first. “Mad Men” has proven that the ’60s and ’70s were a perfect time for turtlenecks and suits. And now that time is back. When you’re layering under thicker pieces like a blazer, look for the thinnest turtlenecks you can find.
This ensemble of a turtleneck and blue jeans isn’t so hard to score and leaves room for more creative experimentation. If you want to look more polished, try adding a leather belt.
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