13 Fun Fall Outfits That Revolve Around a Turtleneck

Here's how to wear this wardrobe staple for 2021.

Once turtlenecks hit the garment racks, you know that painfully cold days are well on their way. The good news is, on top of being a practical fall and winter fashion staple, keeping you warm from fall until spring, there are always countless ways for how to wear turtlenecks.

Whether you're hoping to use your turtleneck as a much-needed extra layer, want to make it the focal point of your look, or are feeling something more elevated and fancy, we've found plenty of inspiration for how to wear this closet staple. These 13 outfits, ahead, prove that a turtleneck is a super smart addition to any fashion lover's closet, purely because of its versatility and ability to transform almost any ensemble.

Work in a Pop of Color

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Take a neutral look to the next level by adding a neon turtleneck. The colorful piece will be the central point of your outfit without being too overbearing.

Go Monochromatic

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Wearing bright colors head-to-toe will make for a stunning monochromatic moment — especially during the gloomier months. Combine a turtleneck with sleek, structured pants in a similar shade to help elevate your wardrobe basics. Even if you aren't into bold hues, this trick also works for neutrals.

Stick with All Black

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One of the most timeless fashion tricks is the all-black 'rule,' which is possibly the easiest, no-fuss way to make an outfit look elegant and put-together. Not only this neutral combination extremely flattering, you'll also find it's very versatile. Whether you're headed to the office, going on a date, or even attending a wedding, it works every time.

Add Some Extra Coverage

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On days when you look just isn't cutting it when it comes to warmth, simply add a turtleneck. A solid-colored turtleneck under overalls or a dress adds an extra layer of style and comfort — and it's also a trick we saw all throughout Fashion Month.

Make It Your Base

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A turtleneck doesn't have to be the focus of your outfit. Sometimes this piece is foundational, and statement pieces can be styled around it. This season, use your favorite long-sleeved turtleneck to help tone down the more whimsical items in your closet, such as a tulle skirt or a fuzzy coat.

Try Something Transitional

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For those in-between, not-too-cold days, a denim jacket is definitely a must-have, and a turtleneck can be the perfect piece to break up this simple look. The combination of necklines — a collar and something high — is pleasing to the eye, and also makes for a classic fall outfit.

Don't Forget Capes

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A two-in-one deal, a turtleneck cape is a playful and cozy layer you can wear with an everyday outfit. Not only will it provide warmth, it'll also add dimension and elevate simple bottoms in an eye-catching way.

Think About Warmth

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Puffer coats and chunky knits go together like peanut butter and jelly. This particular pairing will protect you from the harsh fall and winter elements, and also allow you to spice things up according to your personal style, choosing unexpected color combinations or bold accessories like printed bags and platform shoes.

Embrace the Turtleneck Vest

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Whether you're using it as a top layer or testing out the shest trend by wearing it solo, a turtleneck vest is an extremely versatile piece to have in your closet. Even plain cotton, long-sleeved tees become interesting with the help of this wardrobe essential.

Opt for an Oversized Fit

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One way to change up a simple outfit is to play around with fit. For instance, an oversized turtleneck will create more of a cool, cozy vibe over something more formfitting. This is also a style that will come in handy when going from day to night. If your turtleneck is long enough, you can simply switch out your pants for tights or pull off a sexy lampshading look with a pair of boots.

Stay Comfortable

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This past year has made us fall in love with athleisure all over again, a trend that's always comfortable and cute. If you're looking for outfit you can pull together in a flash, pair your favorite oversized turtleneck with some leggings, then add a shoe of your choice. Birkenstocks or Crocs will help you lean into the cozy vibe, but loafers (possibly styled with some chunky socks) will give things a preppy twist.

Reach for Your Favorite Jeans

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It doesn't get easier or more timeless than wearing a turtleneck with a pair of jeans, but this year, you can take things up a notch with a few small moves. Embrace baggy or cutout denim instead of classic cuts, or layer your turtleneck under a logo sweater for a preppy, throwback feel. You can also swap out cotton material turtlenecks for mesh and wear it under an oversized T-shirt.

Invest in a Turtleneck Dress

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A turtleneck sweater dress is a fall staple for a reason — this one-and-done piece is easy to style and works for a variety of different aesthetics. A pair of chunky boots will work to toughen things up, while white sneakers and socks will help you nail a sweet yet laid-back vibe.

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