This "Boring" Basic Is My Secret to Looking Chic in Winter


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It can be hard to keep the chicness levels of my outfits high when the temps dip low, but there’s one crucial (and underrated!) base layer that keeps me looking chic all season long—a trusty turtleneck. By the time cold weather is really in full swing, the simple basic is, without a doubt, one of the hardest-working items in my winter wardrobe. Highly versatile, reliably warm, unquestionably timeless, and incredibly chic, it’s a consistent staple year after year. However, they become so prevalent in my daily rotation that it can often be hard to think of creative ways to wear them. So for the past few weeks, I’ve been scouring the internet for plenty of chic turtleneck outfit inspiration, and below, I’m sharing my favorite styling ideas that will keep your turtleneck ensembles looking chic and interesting all season long.


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A basic black turtleneck looks all the chicer when layered under a button-down and long wool coat. Style with straight-leg jeans, and pull the look together with a belt.

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Amp up a cream-colored turtleneck by styling it under a sweater and pairing it with a black miniskirt, tights, and knee-high boots. A statement coat with faux-fur accents gives the whole ensemble a vintage vibe.

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Style a relaxed turtleneck sweater with a trend-forward denim maxi skirt and knee-high boots for a look that feels fashion-forward and of-the-moment.

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A monochromatic turtleneck outfit feels refreshingly cool, especially when it comes in a rich hue.

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Take your black turtleneck sweater to new levels of chic, and pair it with loose, wide-leg jeans, a long tailored coat, and an oversize tote. Simple yet striking.

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Give your turtleneck a preppy touch and style a fitted crisp white one over a sweater with a pleated miniskirt. If you want to get fancy, go for a designer Prada turtleneck.

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An all-white outfit exudes a luxurious feel. Pair a white turtleneck with a padded coat and wide-leg pants for a chic silhouette.

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Elevate a basic cozy turtleneck and leggings with a long houndstooth wool coat and a sweater nonchalantly around the shoulders. Don’t forget leg warmers and a beanie to complete the look.

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A beige fitted turtleneck is the perfect backdrop for a statement cardigan and accessories. Keep the rest of the outfit in neutral hues.

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I love the contrast of a relaxed turtleneck paired with shorts in winter. Style with tights and knee-high boots, and keep the look chic by sticking to a camel-and-black color scheme.

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Up next, 36 Striking Sweaters to Wear With Your Jeans This Winter

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.