That extra fabric around our pretty necks which keeps us warm on brisk days and cold nights. That piece of clothing that can make the wearer look refined, sophisticated or dare I say, mature for all the right reasons. The essential piece of garment that’s the go to when it comes to layering during Fall/Winter would be the turtleneck. On chilly days when a scarf is the no-no part of the outfit you’re wearing, or you need to hide a neck full of evidence from some naughty activities, a turtleneck would be an appropriate alternative to a neck-cover. Now working this timeless item of clothing with the right pieces is just a matter of finding the appropriate layers of dresses, jackets and bottoms to make the turtleneck look modern, sleek and tailored.
Basic turtlenecks are perfect to combine into any outfit for different occasions. Business, causal and formal looks can be created by simply taking that one turtleneck and adding it to an item in your closet you wouldn’t normally pair with the tighty turtlies. (new phrase wink)
Look 2: DKNY Two-tone wool cape $495 // Polo Ralph Lauren Charcoal Grey Turtleneck Knit Dress $380 // Topshop Crocodile Print Collar $40 // B Brian Atwood Paramour Suede High Heel Booties $450 (also available in Black)
Both dresses above can be easily worn with either the blazer or cape above.
You can also wear them with leather jackets to toughen up the overall look.
To keep the look long, lean, and focused, try not to wear big handbags, or a lot of jewelry. A clutch to carry and one focus point for your jewelry above the chest be it a necklace or earrings, not both.
Take the basic turtleneck and pair it with another favorite this fall, the pencil skirt, giving you a classic look. Pair the two-piece stunner with wedges or heeled-loafers and color popper accessories making it modern.
Look 3: VANESSA BRUNO Grey Turtleneck Wool Top $135 // Lanvin Metal And Stone Necklace $752 // House of Harlow 1960 Orlina Clutch in Leopard Pony $225 // Diane Von Furstenberg Jade Green Lytton Embossed Croc Clutch $365 // Alexander Wang Anais leather loafer pumps $650 // Rachel Zoe Eva Platform Wedge Pumps $650
Some of us think twice about wearing cocktail or va va voom dresses during the colder months. Why should those sexy pieces be hidden away when all that’s needed is the black turtleneck, a must have for every fashionista. Coupled with a decorative dress or an embellished blouse, the black turtleneck can dress down your look a bit, but can also give you an entirely new look and increase the amount of times and the places you wear that special piece.
Look 4: Andrew Gn Knit Turtleneck $640 // MCQ BY ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Safety Pin Dress $295 // Elie Saab Wave Small Clutch $532 // Lara Bohinc Tatjana Suede Pouchette $674 // Reiss Earlham BOX CLUTCH $150 // Alexander Wang Luisa Open Toe Booties $550 // Miss KG Delia Platform Mary Janes $156
Each of the turtlenecks above can be worn with either one of the skirts. The same goes for the heels, all which can be paired with opaque tights. Since the top and bottom together can create such a strong statement, try keeping the accessories to a minimum and handbags or clutches understated. Keep the colors going strong all year round. It’s a good way to stand out from the “All Black Attire Movement” during the colder months. If you’re not ready to color it up with your outerwear, incorporate it with the different pieces under your coats.
4: MARY KATRANTZOU Silk-satin peplum skirt $2,620
5: Kaelen Luanne Pleated Skirt $279
6: Topshop Velvet Frame Bag $56
8: Club Monaco Dora Bag $189
12: Miu Miu Purple Suede Platform Sandal $695