You might be surprised to learn that the turtleneck has a somewhat complicated history. Since it came on the scene in the late ‘50s, it’s been ridiculed as clownish, written off as the clothing of hipsters (the horror!), and mocked as just plain uncool (Elizabeth Holmes was far from the first person to give the garment a scandalous association). But if you take style cues from iconic women throughout history (and really, why wouldn’t you?), you’ll see that the turtleneck deserves a prominent place in your wardrobe. Lending so much more than just warmth and coziness (though we very much appreciate those attributes, especially these days), a great turtleneck makes you feel like the sleekest, most confident version of yourself. Here are a few of our favorite turtleneck-wearers, plus how you can get their looks.