How to Style a Turtleneck: 10 Outfits for Every Silhouette, from Fitted to Oversized
Chic, cozy, and luxurious. Here’s how to style my favorite fall and winter item.
Growing up, I hated wearing turtlenecks. I thought they were uncomfortable, overly conservative, and so not cute. My mom, not one to force the issue, gave up on trying to get me to wear them pretty quickly, and as a result, I spent my early winters in the Northeast free-necked and probably a little colder than I needed to be.
I’m older now, and so much wiser. Because guess what I’m wearing as I write this? Yes: a turtleneck. In fact, in a classic enemies-to-lovers plot twist, the turtleneck may just be one of my favorite garments today.
Turtlenecks are chic, cozy, and luxurious, and when I wear a really nice one, I almost believe I own a ski house in Aspen. You, too, can feel this way, and today, I’m going to show you how. Below, 10 turtleneck outfits to try for every silhouette, from fitted to oversized.
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Turtleneck tops like the Axam are perfect for those days that start out cold but warm up in the afternoon. Most recently, I wore mine with my Milo jeans, Koio sneakers, and Daniela earrings for a Saturday morning walk, followed by a visit to a local brewery with some friends. For the chilly morning, I layered on my vintage denim jacket—a hand-me-down from my dad’s college days—but you can get a similar look with the Anna jacket.
The ’90s are back, and I’m embracing it with an outfit that Jennifer Aniston definitely would have worn back in her Friends days (and may even be spotted sporting in 2023). The cropped Arbus sweater is an ideal match for the high-waisted, vegan leather Whitney skirt. Gold hoops and pointy-toed burgundy booties complete your autumnal palette and confirm that going out to show off your outfit this evening is simply a must. Need some extra insulation? Just add tights and a matching vegan leather jacket.
Lighter-colored pants tend to have a more casual feel than darker pairs, so the weekend is a great time to break out your Archie jeans. I’ve styled them here with sneakers, but this outfit would also look great with the Lana boots for special occasions, or with loafers—and thanks to the Archie’s adjustable hems, you can always find the right length for any shoe.