Ways To Make A Turtleneck Look Cool

Call us crazy, but lately we’ve had our eyes on one of the season’s most tough-to-tackle tops: the turtleneck. Audacious, you say? Perhaps! This classic staple has graced the necks of countless style icons (think: Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O), and we've found some equally amazing modern day inspiration to help get your turtleneck out of the closet and onto the streets!

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  • Truth be told, we knew it might be difficult to convince that the turtleneck is cool, which is why we’ve curated a group of supremely chic ladies donning this daring sweater. Click through for 12 imitable looks, and don’t forget to shop our favorite turtlenecks!

  • Elin Kling
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    Elin Kling

    We’ll take any excuse to channel Audrey Hepburn, which is why we gravitated toward the always simple-yet-stylish, Elin Kling.  Her Stella McCartney trousers and Tod’s loafers look ridiculously cute with that cropped Filippa K turtleneck. 

  • Street Style
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    Street Style

    The field jacket: no matter how simple or tricky an outfit may be, this outerwear must-have seems to polish off any look, including this oversized turtleneck.


  • Olivia Palermo
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    Olivia Palermo

    We’re always curious to see how Olivia Palermo will tackle the latest trends, so we were understandably delighted when she hit the streets in this chunky knit turtleneck. The style star finished her look with black Westward Leaning sunglasses, Daryl K Leather Leggings ($795), a Givenchy Tote, and L.K. Bennett London by Caroline Issa Parrot Embroidered Point Toe Heels ($445)! 

  • Sara Strand
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    Sara Strand

    An all-black outfit is arguably the subtlest way to wear a turtleneck. Strand looked the part in her Zara knit, Lindex pants, Bruuns Bazaar beanie, Ray-Ban sunnies, and a secondhand blazer. Why not break the rules a little and finish the look off with a printed purse? Her cheetah print Hipsters for Sisters bag worked quite nicely, we think.

  • Camille Charriere of Camille Over The Rainbow
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    Camille Charriere of Camille Over The Rainbow

    If ever there was a cool turtleneck, it is this one. We adore how Camille layered her Gap Turtleneck ($17) under a Mango Pinstripe Sweater ($70) and scrunched the sleeves. Those Club Monaco Wide-Leg Cropped Trousers ($298) don’t hurt, either.

  • Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific
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    Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific 

    As impressive as Blair Eadie’s layered look may be, we assure you, it’s all in the details! Our favorite detail, you ask? The way she styled a chunky cream Zara turtleneck sweater on top of a J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck ($45), of course! We’re also pretty fond of her distressed Current/Elliott Jeans ($206), Mark and Graham Cream Clutch ($79), and those strappy J.Crew heels.

  • Taylor Tomasi Hill

    Ok, maybe this is cheating, but we had to include a mock turtleneck with the rest of the pack. Taylor Tomasi Hill wore a Delpozo Top ($600) with Mother of Pearl Printed Trousers ($525), and Alaia heels last month during NYFW, and we have to admit: sometimes less is more. 

  • Street Style
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    Street Style

    We like to call this the “Aloof Turtleneck” — the perfect combination of androgyny and model-off-duty.  Don’t you agree?

    Stockholm Street Style

  • Harley Viera Newton
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    Harley Viera Newton

    Turtleneck + date night = contradicting ideas, you say? Not anymore, thanks to Harley Viera Newton’s ladylike interpretation in Vince’s Cable Turtleneck Sweater ($325). Simply take a page from her playbook and pair it with a black mini skirt, black accessories, and red beauty accents! 

  • Caroline Sieber
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    Caroline Sieber

    Yes, this is about making turtlenecks look cool, but did you know they could also be sexy? Case in point: Caroline Sieber, who paired a Uniqlo Turtleneck ($13) with a Celine Pre-Fall 13 peplum jacket, a mini skirt, and topped the ensemble off with thigh-high Chanel boots. The result is devastatingly alluring. 

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  • Street Style
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    Street Style

    When the temperature drops, you'll go for the coziest of knits, but until then, why not try a stylish rendition of the sleeveless turtleneck? Our advice: pick up one in a neutral tone, and let the shape do the talking.

    Stockholm Street Style

  • Street Style
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    Street Style

    Tucked beneath a shift dress, a tissue thin turtleneck will keep you warm, and add a seemingly effortless layer to your outfit. 

    Stockholm Street Style

  • Zara

    Wide Turtle Neck Jersey ($80)

    A cropped version goes perfectly atop a pair of high-waisted trousers.

  • Theory

    Astral Loryelle Wool Yarn Rib Eye Jumper ($399)

    Our Thanksgiving sweater? You’re looking at it.

  • A.L.C.

    Mehai 3 Color Sweater ($385)

    Okay, this tri-tone turtleneck has officially topped our holiday wish list.

  • Wilfred Free

    Mirte Turtleneck ($75)

    Looking to jazz it up? The zipper detail on this sweater should whet your appetite.

  • River Island

    Grey Roll Neck Rib Sweater ($76)

    No frills, yet endless possibilities: this is your everyday turtleneck. 

  • Gap Luxlight Turtleneck Sweater
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    Luxlight Turtleneck Sweater ($40)

    Think of this tissue turtleneck as the stick shift of your turtleneck collection; once you’ve mastered it, you can take any style out for a spin!

  • Iris & Ink

    Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater ($210)

    We’re not sure why, but turtlenecks feel cozier in this burgundy hue.

  • Marni

    Contrast Cuff Turtleneck Sweater ($675)

    Marni can do no wrong in our eyes, and this delightfully quirky knit is living proof.

  • Joe Fresh

    Merino Turtleneck ($39)

    We plan on packing this lightweight sweater for all of our winter excursions.  

  • Tibi

    Waffle Knit Turtleneck ($285)

    Oversized, waffle-knit, and neon — could this turtleneck get any better?

  • Vince

    Color Twist Turtleneck Sweater ($325)

    We’re quite keen on this ombre version of the turtleneck.

  • Tory Burch

     ‘Wren’ Merino Wool & Silk Turtleneck ($295)

    We spotted Victoria’s Secret model, Jessica Hart in this turtleneck recently.  Reason enough to buy? We think so.


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