9 Ways to Style a Turtleneck for Fall
We've said it before and we'll say it again: It's difficult to talk about fall fashion without bringing up turtlenecks. The high-neck piece was easily the most prevalent article of clothing on the runway, dominating almost every collection in some form.
And, as it turns out, it's also probably the most underrated layering tool out there. Designers gave the cold-weather piece a liberal attitude for the season, layering it under everything from polos to one-pieces. Some, like Erdem Moralioglu of the eponymous line Erdem, left it alone and, instead, unexpectedly paired it with an exquisite evening skirt for a fancy night out (above, right). Others took it as an opportunity to transition summerwear into a winter one. Mara Hoffman, for one, cold-proofed a cut-out dress with a turtleneck and knee-high suede boots (left).
Find out all the different ways to make the most out of your turtleneck for fall and winter with these inspired looks, ahead.
With an Evening Skirt
Designer Erdem Moralioglu of the eponymous line Erdem wrapped up his fall/winter 2015 show with turtlenecks that he elevated with exquisite floral-embroidered evening skirts, proving that covering up for an evening out is an incredibly elegant alternative.
With a Plunging Neckline
Plunging necklines during cooler months is almost comical, but to layer them with turtlenecks, as seen on the Thakoon runway, brings the idea from completely absurd to absolutely doable. For a '70s kick, choose an LBD that boasts a flippy modish flare.
With a Polo
Leave it to Tanya Taylor to take something as preppy as the classic white polo and give it a sleek modern-day edge. On the fall 2015 runway, she styled it with a turtleneck, and a graphic black-and-white mini.
With Another Knit
Designer J.W. Anderson for Spanish label Loewe doubled up on knits for the fall/winter 2015 collection, and he was onto something. Take precaution against the chill with layered knits (both sweaters and cardigans work). Got a slouchy cardi? Defy old-school rules and style it with a wide-leg pants (versus fitted silos) for a surprisingly fresh spin.
Designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski of Hermes proved it's possible to wear overalls in the winter (albeit with a black leather pair), but the idea is one and the same. Deliver contrast with an optic white turtleneck and top it off with sleek high-shine patent boots.
With a Cut-Out Dress
Consider Mara Hoffman's fall 2015 runway a prime example of how to transition summerwear into a winter one. Style a cut-out dress with cool-weather essentials, like a pale turtleneck and knee-high suede boots.
With a Strappy Dress
A sheer black turtleneck may seem counterintuitive, but there's something so alluring about showing skin while covered up. On the Misha Nonoo fall 2015 runway, the designer fused sweet and sexy when she layered a strappy dress over a sheer T-neck with Mary janes. Make this your next date night outfit.
Shop the look: Tibi turtleneck, $325; modaoperandi.com. Rebecca Minkoff slip dress, $298; rebeccaminkoff.com. Isabel Marant belt, $115; net-a-porter.com. Gianvito Rossi pumps, $1,105; net-a-porter.com.
With Suit Separates
Nail the tonal color trend with a monochromatic look in shades from the same family, as seen on Derek Lam runway. Not into brown? Try it with navy suit and a sky blue melange turtleneck—perfect for the office.
With a Silk Blouse
Style lesson learned from the Tome fall/winter 2015 runway: Cold-proof a breezy lightweight silky blouse with a black turtleneck underneath. Done and done.