As a woman in my mid-thirties, I鈥檝e seen trends come and go, and I鈥檝e learned a lesson: If your bell bottoms fit like a glove, keep them even when the style changes, because they鈥檒l be back before you know it. That being said, I only hang onto clothes that are The Perfect Fit and go in the capsule wardrobe category.

More to the point, statement zippers are (back) in right now 鈥 what鈥檚 up, 鈥90s fashion 鈥 so we鈥檝e got a handy dandy hack for you to try if you want to level-up your clothes and accessories. Grab one of your turtlenecks from back in the day and purchase a chunky zipper. Then read on to learn how to rock it.


Depending on the fabric, adding zippers can be a cinch or a total pain. The turtleneck I chose was very stretchy, which made it quite difficult to work with. The trick to making it work is to GO SLOWLY. This is a test of patience, so do some deep breathing if you鈥檙e someone who likes to whip through projects.

Materials and Tools:


I鈥檒l start by preparing the turtleneck; then I鈥檒l show you how to shorten a zipper.


First, fold over the top of the turtleneck. Then cut up the middle of the shirt all the way through the neck.

Okay, this next step is where you need to take your time. Fold over the raw edge of your cut and pin the fabric to the zipper, starting with the base of the zipper at the bottom of the shirt. Make sure you avoid little folds or kinks. Pin, take it out if you need to and pin again. Get it right!


If you have excess zipper at the top, you need to shorten it. Mark where you want the top of the zipper to be. Then remove the metal teeth around your mark with your pliers. Pull hard 鈥 they鈥檒l eventually come off! Be sure to remove the larger piece up top and don鈥檛 lose it. Cut the zipper where you鈥檝e removed the teeth, then add the larger piece back onto the zipper so the pull doesn鈥檛 zip right off.


Once your zipper is the right length, SLOWLY sew it in place on the turtleneck, making sure to avoid any wrinkles and creating a straight line.


That鈥檚 it!


I prefer the zipped-up look, but you can wear it like a light layer as well.


Tuck it into high-waisted pants to really get the look.


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Author: Roxy Taghavian

DIY Production and Styling: Roxy Taghavian

Photography: Chris Andre

Modeling: Roxy Taghavian