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How to Wear a Turtleneck Sweater


Photos: ELLE

Although they may remind you of your elementary school days, turtleneck sweaters have made a major comeback this fall. This type of sweater definitely has its perks (you can skip the scarf!) but it can also be somewhat tricky to wear.

That’s where CF comes in: below, we’ll show you four stylish ways to wear a turtleneck. Simply scroll down to check them out:

1. Cute & Casual

Turtleneck sweater outfit 1
Product Info: Turtleneck- Target, Earrings- Bloomingdale’s, Sweater- American Eagle Outfitters, Hat- Adidas, Jeans- Miss Selfridge, Shoes- DSW

Turtlenecks make for awesome layering pieces, as shown in the outfit above. In this case, layer a slim-fitting turtleneck underneath a heavier knit sweater for an ultra-warm look that isn’t overly bulky.¬†Add pair of dark wash skinnies, as well as sturdy brown riding boots for a classic look. Grab a cute yet practical knit hat, then accessorize with gold stud earrings to complete the ensemble.

2. Cozy Chic

Turtleneck sweater outfit 2
Product Info:¬†Turtleneck- ASOS, Tights- H&M, Rings- ASOS, Coat- Kohl’s, Shoes- H&M, Skirt- Maurices

There’s something oh-so chic about pairing a turtleneck with a skirt; it’s a classic combination that works for day or night. For this look, pair a feminine patterned turtleneck with a steel gray skater skirt. Opaque tights keep your legs warm, while sleek loafers are a trendy yet comfy choice.

If it’s super-cold where you are, add your favorite coat. We love the way this berry-colored one plays off the pink hues on the sweater. For the finishing touch, accessorize with several delicate rings.

3. Edgy Glam

Turtleneck sweater outfit 3
Product Info: Turtleneck- Mango, Lipstick- NYX, Jacket- Aeropostale, Shoes- Nordstrom, Pants- Mango, Headwrap- Urban Outfitters

Turtlenecks sometimes get a bad rap for being old-fashioned or stuffy, but this look proves just how easy it is to edge one up. Start by pairing a cable knit turtleneck with a pair of on-trend printed trousers. A biker jacket and ankle boots add a tough girl vibe, while an embellished headwrap glams things up. Lastly, paint your lips a gorgeous matte red shade.

4. Sleek & Sophisticated

Turtleneck sweater outfit 4
Product Info: Dress- ModCloth, Turtleneck- Gap, Earrings- Ann Taylor, Shoes- H&M, Tights- ModCloth

A turtleneck is also a fab piece to have on hand when you’re itching to wear a sleeveless dress during the colder months of the year. Simply layer a turtleneck underneath that frock, and you’ll have chic ensemble that’s guaranteed to keep you toasty. Just like the first outfit, this layered look works best when you have a slim-cut turtleneck that isn’t made from a heavy knit.

For this holiday party-worthy getup, we went with a sleek black turtleneck for a sophisticated, streamlined look. Deep red tights complement the striped dress, while heeled ankle booties are a stylish touch. A pair of adorable bow-shaped earrings finish off this outfit.

Your thoughts?

Do you like wearing turtlenecks or are they just not your style? How do you wear them? What do you think of these looks? Which one is your favorite? Remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

Posted on on December 1, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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6 Responses to “How to Wear a Turtleneck Sweater”

  1. 1
    December 1st, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I bought four turtleneck sweaters last week…they’re fabulous, I can mix and match so easily…!

  2. 2
    December 1st, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I’m all about cozy and chic! Love these outfits.

  3. 3
    December 1st, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    YESSSS!! This morning I was just thinking about how much I wish turtlenecks would come back in style!

  4. 4
    December 3rd, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Still not digging it. Personally, I never liked turtlenecks even if I wore them a lot during HS. First of all, my neck is one of my few redeeming qualities and I like to show it (if it’s cold outside, that’s what scarves are for). Moreover, I have a very small chest and turtlenecks only emphasize that, and not in a good way. It’s true that tight-fitting turtlenecks can make your chest look bigger but at the same time this kind of sweater will make you feel a bit claustrophobic -the neck is too tight and narrow and you keep tugging at it because you feel like you’re being choked. Ok, maybe that’s just me. Anyway, still not digging it.

  5. 5
    December 8th, 2013 at 7:42 am

    They’re a staple of my winter wardrobe I wear roughly 75 % of the time when the temperature drops.

    I love wearing the thinner ones layered under jackets and/or heavier sweaters and the chunkier ones with jeans.

  6. 6
    December 11th, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Turtleneck will always be a classic. No matter how people say it isn’t it will be. I have a bit of, or a lot of alternative style, so I would pair an electric blue turtleneck sweater with black formfitting slacks, black blazers and lots of silver chains on my wrist. Just saying. That or I’ll pair a black turtleneck sweater with a flared tulle lolita-esque skirt and a leather jacket and lots of neck candy. Oh, and why can there not be more here about alternative styles, like lolita, pastel goth, punk, streamline and the regular goth? I incorporate those into my style and I’m sure you will get more viewers if you post a little something about those styles.

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