Though it gets a bad reputation for being boring, the modest turtleneck is actually probably the easiest way to make a simple outfit look more creative. How? You just have to make like an onion and learn how to layer it in unexpected ways, but we realize that's easier said than done. If you're wondering how to wear a turtleneck while still making it feel fresh and on trend, you're in the right place.
Now that the weather is cooling off, we took a look through some of our favorite fashion influencer and tastemaker accounts on Instagram to see how they've been styling their turtlenecks this season. Ready to spice up sweater weather with some turtlenecks? Scroll through the nine stylish outfits below to start planning your workweek looks.
Wear Your Turtleneck With… A LONG-SLEEVE DRESS
When it comes to office-appropriate pieces, it doesn't get much more on point than a turtleneck, but if you want to spice things up a little, try layering a dress over it. We love the idea of a loose-fitting khaki dress so you can shrug up the sleeves and show off the turtleneck underneath. Then add a pair of fun earrings for a pop of extra shine. This will also extend the shelf life of your favorite lightweight dresses since you'll be able to stay warm with layers, too.
Wear Your Turtleneck With... ALL THE CLASSICS
Since it's not too cold out yet, you don't have to pile on that many layers. Give your basic jeans-and-tee combination a seasonal update with a tight, tucked-in turtleneck shirt, a plaid blazer, some classic denim pants, and some booties. If you want to look more polished, try adding a leather belt and top-handle bag.
Wear Your Turtleneck With… RETRO-INSPIRED NEUTRALS
Before you start putting those miniskirts away, take notes from the fall-ready outfit above. There's nothing quite like a miniskirt and matching long coat to turn heads. We love the retro-inspired cardigan layered over the crisp white turtleneck and the on-trend belt bag to finish things off. Though there are a lot of working parts, everything looks cohesive and polished thanks to the tight color scheme.
Wear Your Turtleneck With… ALL-BLACK EVERYTHING
There's nothing wrong with wearing an all-black outfit. In fact, it's sartorial perfection if you know how to keep things interesting with the right accessories and contrasting textures. We love this high-impact tight black turtleneck with an edgy leather moto jacket and simple black jeans. The layered dainty necklaces over the shirt add just the right amount of refinement.
Wear Your Turtleneck With… A CHUNKY NECKLACE
Here's another outfit that makes a strong case for pulling your necklaces outside of your shirt. It introduces a sophisticated (though slightly offbeat and unexpected) touch to the pared-down Canadian tuxedo look. Add a short-sleeve chambray button-down for more dimension.
Not sure what to wear to work this season? When in doubt, wear a solid suit with a thin turtleneck top, and then make it a little funkier by adding a belt bag and some comfortable sneakers. It's professional yet youthful and oh so practical.
Wear Your Turtleneck With… 50% CLASSICS AND 50% OFFBEAT TRENDS
The bike-short trend has been cropping up all over Instagram and fashion week street style looks this season. While it's probably not everyone's cup of tea, we're here for this aesthetic (think boardroom meets '90s gymnastics tournament). The sporty yet flirty vibe of bike shorts will balance out the polished feel of a blazer while the top-handle bag adds some flirty flair. If you don't want to be this experimental, try a pencil skirt or loose Bermuda shorts.
Wear Your Turtleneck With… WHIMSICAL PRINTS AND LAYERS
Printed turtlenecks with whimsical patterns and splashes of color are probably the easiest way to switch things up. We love how this outfit gives the super-flirty print a twist with edgy leather pants and an oversize button-down shirt.
Opt for a turtleneck in a bold primary color and then tuck it into a classic pair of neutral trousers. We love how this outfit really owns the "ugly sneaker" trend and even emphasizes it further by showing off those bright white socks. A plaid blazer or coat will tie everything together nicely.