Types of Turtlenecks and How to Style Them

In my last post, Top 5 Fall 2015 Trends to Transition into Winter, I mentioned that one of the most prominent fall trends – the Turtleneck – needed a post all to itself, so here it is. Until recently, Turtlenecks have been condemned as the uniform for the undesirable. Fortunately, they are now free from that ridiculous stigma, and have proudly graced the runways once again.

Turtlenecks are extremely versatile and can be worn so many ways. With the growing number of styles in the making, some may feel intimidated, not knowing where to start. To help the confused, here is a guide featuring different types of turtlenecks, and how to style them.

Firstly, it is important to note that different countries have different names for the turtleneck, but they mean the same thing. The term “turtleneck” is most commonly used in the US and Canada. In the UK, a turtleneck may be called a “polo neck” or a “roll neck”. In Australia, it is sometimes called a “skivvy”.

Now that the names are settled, I will go over the 3 most common “necks”:

1. The Classic Turtleneck

Classic turtlenecks are usually thin, tight-fitting, with a slim neck. They are best used as layering pieces. Tuck a black classic turtleneck into a skirt, paired with tights, for a classy, yet warm look. They are also extremely chic tucked into a cute pair of jeans (see Kendall Jenner).

Ribbed Turtle Neck Top | FOREVER21 - 2000117248:  "Twenty-three-year old twins Elektra and Miranda Kilbey-Jansson released their first single in 2012. Their debut album, Lucid Dreaming, will be out in February 2015. Their shared style has an inspiring and modern seventies vibe that matches the look of the recent seasons." - Photo: Getty Images:  She's literally going to be responsible for the resurgence of the turtleneck because somehow she makes it seem totally cool even though before this picture turtlenecks weren't that cool.:

Got a dress or jumpsuit from summer you can’t seem to let go of? Layer a classic turtleneck underneath it and you are good to go.

Turtleneck layered underneath a floor-length shirtdress and accessorized with a skinny belt and thigh-high boots.:  Paige Sierra Overalls - anthropologie.com:  Onesies & scaffoldings:

For extra warmth, you can even layer your classic turtleneck underneath a regular scoop or round neck sweater.

A Stylish Way To Wear Your Camel Sweater With Denim | Le Fashion | Bloglovin:

Tip: Try and experiment with different cuts and lengths to spruce up your wardrobe (and outfits). 

Turtleneck, 3 quarter sleeve dress with high slit:

2. The Cowl Neck

Cowl Neck jumpers are usually thicker, and more loose fitting with big and long exaggerated necks that can be folded, or left to hang loose. As a guideline, the necks are usually long enough to cover the ears, when pulled all the way up. They look and function like built-in scarfs, which saves you the trouble of bringing one along. Cowl necks generally have a more casual look as compared to the classic turtleneck.

Minimal + Chic | @codeplusform:  How To Rock A Turtleneck This Fall And Look Amazing - CAREER GIRL DAILY:

Dress them up by wearing them over a button-down shirt for a more put together look.

Black white and grays:  Exactly how to wear a turtleneck sweater this fall - click for 15 street style outfits we love:

Dress them down by pairing them with a pair of jeans or a mini-skirt for a more casual look. Finishing the look off with comfy sneakers is my personal favourite way to go.

This was my style in my twenties!  Loved it then; love it now.:  Etre stylée qu'importe mon age MINIMAL + CLASSIC: blog and the city:  Celebrity Fall Turtleneck Outfit Inspiration:


3. The Funnel/Mock Neck

The mock neck is one that is shorter than a classic turtleneck. They usually end about halfway up the neck (never reaching the ears). Some are thick and chunky, while others are light and paper-thin. Nonetheless, they give off a slightly more elegant look than the cowl and classic neck.

Grey Mock Neck Lantern Sleeve Crop Sweater -SheIn(abaday) Ecote Mock Neck Tuckable Top - Urban Outfitters:  

My favourite way to style funnel necks is pairing them with a simple pair of jeans/pants for a simple and elegant look.

Tip: A great way to show off the neckline is to have your hair up in a messy bun. 

Effie Turtleneck by Velvet by Graham and Spencer #anthroregistry:  Work attire | cropped sweater | harem pants | booties | low bun http://momsmags.net:  

Tucking your funnel neck into a cute or edgy skirt is another way to make an outfit more interesting.

RIBBED MOCK NECK TOP:  Ribbed Turtle Neck - Boohoo Leather Zip Skirt - Ankle Boot Heels - Public Desire - Gold Studded Bag - La Moda:  Ecote Mock Neck Tuckable Top


4. The Turtleneck Dress

Although technically not a type of “neck”, I would like to briefly mention the turtleneck dress. When turtlenecks are mentioned, most immediately think of sweaters and jumpers, forgetting an extremely chic alternative – the turtleneck version of a sweater dress.

Dress them up with a pair of over the knee boots/heels, or dress them down with a pair of comfy sneakers, it is up to you. Either way, I promise you will make heads turn. Here are some photo inspirations:

Her style, her body, her everything:  Street style in Paris - a beige sweater dress to white sneakers and a beige hat looks stylish and unexpected.:  Emily Ratajkowski wears a white turtleneck shift dress by Zimmermann and Brian Atwood thigh-high boots:

love the long sweater with a high oveer the knee boot!:  love this. perfect for colder months. i have chesnut oxfords a lot like these--could do a brown or navy or black sweater dress too.:  Lunar Love Mocha Cowl Neck Sweater Dress With Long Sleeves:

I hope this post helped solve some turtleneck mysteries and gave you more styling ideas for the turtleneck sitting in your closet.


Let me know if there are any items in your closet that you are having trouble styling, and I will try to do a post on that. Stay tuned and follow for more posts!





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