By: Zoey Woldman
Unless you have been vacationing in a foreign country or happen to live in a more “tropical” American state, you have likely been freezing your Manolo Blahniks off. The polar vortex hit the greater part of the US hard, and it’s taking prisoners in the form of fashion faux pas. Why should colder than average temperatures mean that fashion girls must sacrifice style? Correct answer: they shouldn’t! Making it in Manhattan is here to spill some tea about lé art of layering. Most valuable piece? The turtleneck. Often overlooked, the turtleneck is actually winter’s chicest layering staple. We’ve done the work for you and scoured the interweb for the best turtlenecks out there. Keep reading to find the perfect turtleneck for every occasion.
For A Warm Hug on an Extra Cold Day
According to Punxsutawney Phil, Spring is in sight, but that doesn’t mean we’re completely scot-free of freezing days. When the weather app drops below 40 degrees, look no further than your drawer of turtlenecks...What? You don’t have one of those? After reading this, you will. Any look can become instantly warmer by layering on a basic turtleneck. Sleeveless dresses and thin knits become transitional pieces carrying you from season to season. The best turtlenecks for this type of layering are fitted, to avoid any unwanted bunching under your top layers. If you’re a true turtleneck enthusiast, throw a cozy (turtleneck) sweater over your base layer. Double the turtleneck, double the fun? That’s how the saying goes, right?
For Channeling Your Inner Steve Jobs
When you think of turtlenecks, do you think of Steve Jobs? Because you should. Forget the fact that he was the co-founder of Apple. Jobs was a turtleneck enthusiast, a true icon. He helped prove that turtlenecks are not only comfortable and functional but also incredibly chic. There is no such thing as having too many black turtlenecks, so here are a few more you should own.
For Releasing Your Wild Side
Stripes are so 2018. Okay, they’re not, but 2019 is all about branching out and trying something new. Instead of reaching for that striped turtleneck, opt for an animal print. A wild print will prove that you’re not afraid to be a little daring. Besides, it’s time to embrace your role as queen of the jungle.
For When You Want to Keep Your Neck Warm and Your Arms Cool
A short sleeve turtleneck is a colossal contradiction, but for some reason, it just feels right. Maybe you’ve been working extra hard on your arms at the gym. Just because your neck is cold doesn’t mean you have to hide your svelte figure. Weather permitting, a short sleeve turtleneck can add an edge to an otherwise predictable look.
Prada Short Sleeve Turtleneck Logo, $790; bergdorfgoodman.com
Urban Outfitters Out From Under Dylan Mock Neck Cutout Bodysuit, $34; urbannoutfitters.com
Free People Keep it Simple Vest, $78; freepeople.com
For Pretty Much Any Special Occasion Ever
The weekend is coming up and it’s officially time to start planning your date night and going out looks. Guess what? You’re in luck because there’s a turtleneck for that. Don’t be afraid to pick something that stands out and makes you feel confident. Be your own personal disco ball in a sequin number, or keep it sultry with a sheer piece. Both are sure to steal everyone’s attention.
House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Valerie Turtleneck, $168; revolve.com
Fleur du Mal Bouquet Lace Turtleneck Bodysuit, $325.00; shopbop.com
Halpern Sequin Tulle Turtleneck via Net-A-Porter, $560; netaporter.com
Suitable for every occasion, the turtleneck might just be the unsung hero of winter dressing. The right turtleneck can warm up even the coolest look. Go forth and become the turtleneck enthusiast you’ve always dreamt of becoming!
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