The turtleneck is the perfect base layer for your cold-weather outfits. Its thin material keeps you cozy and warm without looking bulky, while its shape and length can add a sophisticated touch to a simple dress or skirt.
Invest in several different styles for a well-stocked wardrobe that will never run out of options. Whether you prefer a sleek black turtleneck or something with an edgy twist, there’s a style that will complement your look. You can even find long-sleeved turtlenecks that can be layered for extra warmth on cool days.
Shop a range of fabrics, from lightweight cotton to insulating wool blends for cold weather comfort. Some are wick-away thermals that are ideal for winter sports while others are soft, cashmere-like sweaters that you’ll wear year round.
If you’re petite or have short arms, you’ll want a turtleneck that will hug your curves in all the right places. You’ll be able to tuck it into your jeans and still feel comfortable. Stylist Erica Ball recommends this Vince turtleneck, which is made entirely from fine Pima cotton and isn’t see-through at all (though it’s also available in optic white).
The cuff of this top is rolled up, so it can be worn as a slouchy cardigan. But the longer length means it can be tucked into pants or skirts as needed to create an effortless, flattering silhouette. Its ribbed neckline and hem make it perfect for pairing with leggings or tights, too.
While most turtlenecks are sleeveless merino leggings, you can find ones with elbow-length sleeves if you like a little more coverage. Sarah Palatnik, founder of Cute Fruit Undies, loves this one because it’s stretchy enough to be tucked into jeans and still have a fitted feel on the upper arms. She says she’s had it for more than two years and loves its fit, as well as the fact that it’s easy to take on and off.
A great place to start your search is at Lands’ End, where you’ll find a wide variety of styles from classic fold-over to mockneck options and many other shapes. The store also has a variety of colors, patterns and materials so you can find just the right turtleneck for your style needs.
Keep your hair simple and avoid big earrings when wearing a turtleneck, as they’ll distract from the look. You can choose a sleek ponytail or a simple updo that will show off the fabric of the turtleneck.
You can find turtlenecks in every color, from neutrals to bold hues and patterns. You can also find oversized and body-skimming options, too.
The turtleneck isn’t just an easy way to add warmth and structure to an outfit — it’s also a staple in the closets of women who have fought for their rights. From Kathleen Cleaver and Elaine Brown to Dorothy Pittman-Hughes and Gloria Steinem, turtlenecks have become a symbolic symbol of the feminist movement, and the era in which it took hold.