"A turtleneck is about sophistication."
- Dwyane Wade
- Dwyane Wade
Whether you love or hate it, the turtleneck is a classic staple that can be modernized enough to wear with today's latest trends. Gone are the days when turtlenecks used to be itchy and scratchy to wear. What we're looking for is sophistication, along with the classic charm of a turtleneck; this is the new trend you should follow. Turtlenecks can be tricky to wear, if you have absolutely no idea how to style them properly. In hopes of capturing the essence of Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe, more often than not, some of us do go down a disastrous lane. But there should be no such occurrences as we have the answer for you right here. And to prove it, we've got some amazing looks for both men and women.
Ways to Wear a Turtleneck in Style
Most of us have a childhood memory which involves struggling with our mom, and not wanting to wear a turtleneck to school. But today, there are many designers who have reinvented the face of turtlenecks for men and women alike.
Outfit Ideas for Women
Wear a flattering, figure-hugging turtleneck, and you're golden. This piece of clothing is easy to work with, as it provides ample structure and elegance to the entire outfit.
Tip #1 - Keeping the modern and classic persona combined, pair your turtleneck with jeans or a girly skirt.
Tip #2 - Accessories, of course, should be added keeping the major colors of your ensemble in mind. You do not want to be caught wearing too many colors for no reason. But if you're confident enough to pull off a look, mix and match with bright accessories, and not with other clothing items.
Tip #3 - Go with color-blocked turtlenecks, and pair it with a skirt that matches one of the hues of the sweater. It gives the outfit a more interesting, yet warm and cozy appeal.
Tip #4 - Now the good news is, although I did say that too many colors are a no-no, that logic doesn't necessarily apply to the turtleneck itself. Why shouldn't you wear a brightly colored turtleneck with a black skirt? I say, go for it.
Tip #5 - Depending on the fabric and its thickness, you can either choose to tuck it in your jeans or pants, or leave it as is.
Tip #6 - While you're in the mood of adding layers, always keep the weather in mind. Unnecessary layers will come back to haunt you once you leave your home.
Tip #7 - If you want, wear sleeveless or half-sleeved turtleneck sweaters and tops with skirts or pants. Turtlenecks are warm to begin with, and while placing one or two more layers can definitely spell disaster, the right way of going about it can truly make a difference.
Outfit Ideas for Men
Truth be told, men in turtlenecks look hot, but the color and fit have to be just right. You can't just throw things together and head out. Follow some of the tried-and-tested ideas before you don a turtleneck.
Tip #1 - Firstly, instead of wearing a V-neck sweater, wear a turtleneck sweater.
Tip #2 - If the weather permits, put on an awesome jacket that complements the color of your turtleneck.
Tip #3 - Avoid mixing the chunky and puffy knits with a lightweight jacket or suit as it will tire out the outfit, and you.
Tip #4 - With a voluminous turtleneck, your neckline will seem lost, when actually it should be worn to seem elongated. The runway may suggest adding the style to your wardrobe; however, be careful as to what actually does look good on you.
Tip #5 - To pair a turtleneck with khaki pants, you can easily bring in the preppy vibe to your outfit. How, you ask? It's quite simple actually. You can either wear a woolen cable knit or cotton turtleneck, but choose a dark shade. Complete the outfit with a dark brown pea coat or a gray jacket.
Tip #6 - If bright-colored turtlenecks don't float your boat, choose a black turtleneck instead. This way, you can wear it under a blazer, a sports jacket, or even another light sweater.
Tip #7 - Don't pull on the sweater while you're wearing it, and make sure that you pick a turtleneck that makes your neck appear slimmer. That way, the overall look doesn't seem forced or overdone.
Always remember to finish off your outfits with the right pair of shoes to make an impact. But if you're not comfortable with too many colors and styling choices, just pair a solid-colored turtleneck with jeans, and head out through the door in a matter of minutes.