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).
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.
For extra warmth, you can even layer your classic turtleneck underneath a regular scoop or round neck sweater.
Tip: Try and experiment with different cuts and lengths to spruce up your wardrobe (and outfits).
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.
Dress them up by wearing them over a button-down shirt for a more put together look.
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.
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.
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.
Tucking your funnel neck into a cute or edgy skirt is another way to make an outfit more interesting.
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:
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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