When I was in elementary school, one of the most common pieces in my winter wardrobe (if it’s possible to imagine a 6-year-old having a wardrobe) was the turtleneck. I think I had one in almost every color out there and even some that were festively holiday-themed. I had one with pumpkins for Halloween, one with holly leaves for Christmas, and one with snowflakes for all other cool-weather occasions. For the longest time when I was in junior high and high school, turtlenecks seemed juvenile. I didn’t want to be haunted by my turtleneck-wearing days of yore. This season, though, I am so excited to readmit this classic staple to my collection and as such, I’ve curated seven outfits to show how versatile the simplicity of this garment truly is.
Turtleneck with overalls
These overalls are honestly one of my favorite wardrobe pieces. I mean, come on, THERE’S NO FREAKING WAISTBAND!!! What more could you ask for in something to cover your lower half? The best part about putting this turtleneck with a pair of overalls is that I don’t have to worry about having enough fabric on top to make it look like I’m actually wearing something underneath (surprisingly a big problem when I tried to wear these in the summer). Add a waist-tied plaid flannel, a pair of open-toed booties, and some thottie hoops and I think this outfit is about one party pony away from a 90’s dream.
Turtleneck with an A-line skirt
This turtleneck, although very modest, hugs my body like an extra layer of skin. For a simple look that I could wear to my internship at the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana or a Sigma Kappa formal meeting, I would pair it with this olive green A-line skirt, a pair of black booties, and a sparkly statement necklace. Adding a black clutch with a gold bow embellishment makes it suitable for an elegant dinner date.
Turtleneck with patterned heels
When I saw these heels on Modcloth this summer, I simply couldn’t resist. At 5’2″, I’m always eager to try footwear that makes me taller, yes, but also makes me feel like I’m on top of the world (or at least on top by 3 more inches). These heels are certainly more trendy than timeless, but pairing them with a simple pair of black skinny jeans puts the focus on the uniqueness of the heels and adding this pearl headband adds some interest to the top of the outfit.
Headband: Pearl Cluster Headband by J.Crew Factory
Turtleneck with oversized sweater
One of my favorite parts of turtlenecks is how easy they are to layer. Since they’re so form-fitting like I mentioned above, a chunky, oversized cardigan adds dimension and the light gray color makes it more daytime friendly. The faded green denim compliments the tone of the gray while the richness of the brown oxford heels keeps it in the color pallet of the season. Adding some gold accessories and my favorite pair of glasses makes this one of the outfit combinations I’m most excited to try.
Turtleneck with tights
I mentioned earlier the modesty of this turtleneck. As someone with a large chest, I’m sometimes hard pressed to find a top that doesn’t constantly make me tug and pull at the neckline to cover my cleavage; besides a morph suit, I don’t think there is a top out there with a higher neckline than a turtleneck. These black tights (in all their control-top glory) compliment the turtleneck’s skin-tight form/max coverage and add a sexiness to the overall silhouette. So despite the only skin showing being my hands and my face, I think the form-fitting element of this outfit, when combined with the interest of the flow-y skirt, leaves a lot to the *imagination*. A pair of classic black heels (that are admittedly due to be replaced, I know), a pearl statement necklace, and an envelope clutch put the finishing touches on this ensemble.
Heels: from Forever 21 a bajillion years ago, but you can find a similar pair here or here
Turtleneck with scarf
One of my favorite fall-time accessories is the scarf. It doesn’t have to be as practical as it is in the winter, so it can be styled a little more liberally. With a green army jacket, a pair of butt-hugging skinny jeans, and a pair of tan booties, the tight turtleneck warrants the balance of the bulky scarf. This outfit would be perfect for a trip to a pumpkin patch or any other outdoor activities that are so popular in the crisp fall weather.
Turtleneck with a fur vest
Another classic fall staple is the fur vest. As I mentioned in my November Wishlist post, I’ve never really been a huge fan of fur, but this vest has definitely worked its way into my heart. To really put the spotlight on this vest, I wanted to pair the turtleneck with a pair of clean-cut skinny dress pants and patent leather flats. For a little sparkle, I added a short gold necklace and my favorite pair of sunglasses make this outfit ready for some #girlboss-ery.