The classic slim turtleneck: It serves as the perfect cornerstone for endless outfits, and no wardrobe is complete without one. That said, even the most tried-and-true pieces can start to feel #basic after a while, especially if they’ve been lifted from normcore status. Unlike plain white tees and tanks, which you wouldn’t think twice about wearing again and again, it’s easy to feel like you’ve exhausted your go-to turtleneck’s options. Press refresh on your cozy top before you reach the style-rut stage and try the three on-trend ensembles below. Between mixed prints, hot-right-now silhouettes and chic accessories, there’s plenty of #outfitinspo to be had.
How to Style a Turtleneck for Work
A blazer, long-sleeve tee and trousers isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but tie-front detailing, a high-waisted silhouette and not-so-subtle color give the getup a fashion-forward edge. Add a pair of block-heeled slingbacks and a geometric choker for an of-the-moment finish and stash all your essentials in a roomy hobo bag.
J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck T-shirt ($35) + Vero Moda Tall Wrap Soft Blazer ($60), Babaton Eckhardt Pant ($145), Zara High Heel Slingback Shoes With Buckle ($100), Sole Society Capri Faux Leather Tote ($65), Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Cocoa Pout ($28), COS Geometric Necklace ($59)
How to Style a Turtleneck for a Night Out
Make a sassy leather dress feel fit for cold weather by pairing it with your striped, high-neck topper. Team it with accessories that feel front-row ready, like suede mules in a deep shade of emerald, a glitzy embellished collar and a patchwork clutch that really pops. And as a finishing touch, have fun with your after-hours beauty routine and line lids with vibrant shades of blue or green.
J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck T-shirt ($35) + Mango Detachable Belt Dress ($80), 3.1 Phillip Lim Berlin Suede Shoes ($198), BCBG Stone Collar Necklace ($98), Silence + Noise Patchwork Hand Strap Bag ($29), Sephora Collection Ombré Obsession Eyeshadow Palette ($34), ByBoe Knotted Scalloped Ring ($80)
How to Style a Turtleneck for the Weekend
Off-duty isn’t all about jeans, joggers and leggings. Take your off-the-clock ensemble to the next level by pairing your turtle with a folksy floral skirt. Burgundy wedges give your best pair of trainers a much-needed vacation, with over-the-knee socks injecting a hint of geek-chic charm to the outfit. A faux fur stole brings out the green in the A-line skirt, while a fiery red bucket bag packs a major punch.
J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck T-shirt ($35) + River Island Pink Retro Floral Mini Skirt ($60), ASOS Over the Knee Socks ($9), Topshop Colourblock Faux Fur Stole ($60), Charles & Keith Notched Platform Wedges ($49), Silence + Noise Colorblocked Bucket Bag ($69), BaubleBar Caesar Ear Crawlers ($32)
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