5 Stylish Ways to Wear a Turtleneck

No longer relegated only to school uniforms and coffee shop regulars, turtlenecks have seen a resurgence in the popularity and designers are churning out every option imaginable. Follow this guide to work the staple into your own wardrobe.


The Classic

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What it is: A thin, lightweight, and form-fitting turtleneck, with a slim, foldover neck.

How to wear it: Wear this basic underneath anything from jackets to bulkier sweaters for a little added warmth. Slip it on under sleeveless tops or dresses to make them seasonally appropriate (and up the style).

To buy: $34.50, jcrew.com.


The Oversized

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What it is: The ultimate in comfort, a warm, chunky knit and slouchy neck make this a luxe weekend necessity.

How to wear it: Pair this one with skinny jeans, slim-fit trousers, or leather leggings. A fitted bottom balances out the bigger proportions on top.

To buy: $35, hm.com.


The Cowl

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What it is: A sweater with an exaggerated turtleneck that folds over with a loose drape.

How to wear it: Cowl necks come in all shapes and sizes—from tissue thin to oversized constructions. The relaxed fit of the neck has a casual vibe that's just right for denim ensembles and replaces the layered look of a scarf when worn underneath a jacket or coat.

To buy: Unfortunately, this item is no longer available. A similar product can be found here.


The Funnel Neck

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What it is: This season’s must-have iteration is an abbreviated neck that lays gracefully over the collarbones rather than climbing toward your ears.

How to wear it: Wear this one on its own with a pretty pair of earrings to draw attention to the elegant neckline.

To buy: $75, topshop.com.


The Sleeveless

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What it is: A sleeveless sweater with a long, slim silhouette and thick turtleneck.

How to wear it: Think of this version as the opposite of the classic. Wear this piece over long-sleeve shirts and frocks. For added interest, try a brooch (or a few!) pinned between the neck and the arm opening.

To buy: Unfortunately, this item is no longer available. A similar product can be found here.