This Boring Basic Is the Unsung Hero of Your Fall Wardrobe

When it comes to a winning marriage of chic and cozy, nothing beats the turtleneck. While the wintery sweater may not exactly be the first item you gravitate toward when you want to pull together a fashion-forward look (it’s had a bad rap in the past for being too bulky and bookish), the tried-and-true staple should by no means be overlooked this cold-weather season.

Turtlenecks are without a doubt the unsung hero of our cold-weather wardrobes. Whether you opt for a thick, chunky sweater or a tissue-thin form-fitted turtleneck to layer, they unquestionably add an air of sophistication to every outfit. A simple black turtleneck is striking in its simplicity; when worn in a colorful print or color, it can add a bold statement to your outfit.

There are a myriad of ways to wear them this season—a simple beige or black turtleneck looks gorgeous when paired with a trending chain-link necklace or statement drop earrings—taking you easily into the night in style. Add a turtleneck under a button-down shirt and pair with wide-leg trousers for a chic work look, or layer a thin one under a slip dress for a night out. However you wear it, there’s something uniquely powerful about a turtleneck, and you’ll never regret buying one. Scroll below to see how cool girls are wearing theirs right now and shop our favorites on the market.

Style Notes: For a minimal-chic look, pair a fitted oatmeal hued turtleneck with a sleek high-waisted midi skirt and barely there sandals (or leather knee-high boots when the temps start to drop).

Style Notes: A simple black turtleneck can act as the ideal backdrop to statement pieces, such as a bold coat or plaid pants. Black and tan hues pair beautifully and are perfect for the season.

Style Notes: Opt for a pop of color to add a vibrant touch to your wintery outfit. A head-turning orange or hot pink hue paired with neutral beige or brown will do the trick.

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Style Notes: Turtlenecks are the perfect layering piece. Wear as the base layer under a button-down shirt (worn slightly open) and finish with a long coat to keep the look interesting and elevated.

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Style Notes: Let your turtleneck pop with the addition of bold jewelry such as a chain-link collar necklace or statement drop earrings. 

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Style Notes: Get more longevity from your utility jumpsuit this winter by layering a colorful turtleneck underneath it. A pastel blue hue pairs particularly well with beige.

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Style Notes: Mix textures. Try a turtleneck with a mixed woven texture and wear with other plush fabrics, such as shearling and corduroy.

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Style Notes: Simply add a mini. Turtlenecks are a modest coverup and balance perfectly with a contrasting shorter skirt. Finish the look with heavy-duty combat boots for an of-the-moment outfit.

Shop more chic turtlenecks:

We love the subtle cable knit yoke detailing on this super cozy sweater.

This ribbed khaki green turtleneck will look chic paired with high-waisted trousers for work.

This lilac hue will look so pretty paired with grys, browns, and neutrals.

It's not winter without at least one Fair Isle sweater! Bonus: They're trending hard this season.

Wear with matching cream wide-leg trousers for a very sophisticated (and expensive-looking) outfit.